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Permanent link  Register now for the 2016 Midwinter Meeting


Join us for the 151st Midwinter Meeting, Thursday - Saturday, February 25 - 27, 2016. 

Use the links below to view our course and events offerings and register as an attendee or exhibitor. 


Permanent link  MWM registration begins Nov. 2. Download the Preliminary Program


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Download the Preliminary Program for the 2016 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, Feb. 25-27 in McCormick Place West. Be sure to open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat in


Permanent link  Download Oct. 28 Regional Meeting course handout


October 28, 2015, Regional Meeting

Resch, DavidTeach Me How to OSHA!

presented by David Resch, DDS

Download the course handout PDF DOCUMENT

Teach Me How to OSHA is a lecture combining key aspects of OSHA regulations with some of the most common infection control dental office principles. The emphasis of this lecture is on the health and safety of dental health care workers AND their patients. It will also focus on breaking the chain of infection in the dental office.

It’s a fact-based, educational approach with a lighthearted and humorous side. Through years of training in private and group practices, Dr. Resch has gained a wealth of knowledge on this topic. He will show, first hand, how to do it right, and in a humorous way point out the mistakes that we have all made along the way.

At the end of the lecture the participant should:

  • Know required information about HBV, HCV, HIV
  • Know the difference between standard precautions and universal precautions
  • Have a thorough understanding of the Chain of Infection and how to break the chain
  • How to choose a safety coordinator
  • What constitutes a proper eye wash station
  • Know about the care of our hands in the dental office
  • Know about hand products on the market and how to choose them
  • Know how to choose, wear and care for the Personal Protective Equipment that we use
  • Know about exacting surface disinfection
  • Know about the contamination of Dental Unit Water Lines
  • Know about sharps and the Needle Stick Safety Act
  • Know about the sterilization process and the different types available

About our speaker

Dr. Resch is the “OSHA Doctor” at a large group practice in St. Paul, MN, with more than 60 dental health care workers. In 1994 his group practice experienced a random OSHA inspection which resulted in no violations, no citations and no fines. He considers himself an “in the trenches” wet finger dentist that can help his colleagues and their staff really get a handle on and get organized with their approach to OSHA regulations and infection control procedures in dentistry. In the past 20 years he has been intimately involved in all facets of infection control and OSHA regulations-giving him an education and insight that many others have not experienced.

Dr. Resch received his DDS degree from the University of Minnesota in 1978 and has been an active participant in his profession. In 1992 he was the Minnesota representative to the ADA Task Force on Infection Control and OSHA Regulations in Dentistry. He is the past chairperson of the Minnesota Dental Association Ad Hoc Committee on OSHA and Infection Control. He is presently co-chair of the Minnesota Dental Association’s Environment and Safety Committee. In 2008 he became a member of the Scientific Sessions Committee for the Minnesota Dental Association and in 2014 was the General Chair for the Star of the North Meeting. He is an active member in The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). OSAP is an international organization, which promotes science-based policies and practices for infection control, health, and safety in dental healthcare settings worldwide.

CDS is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at


Future Regional Meetings

  • April 13, 2016: Jeff Horowitz, DMD: OSHA

About CDS Regional Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, Regional Meetings are held Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. (Get directions to Drury Lane.) On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. Attendees earn 5 hours of CE credit.


Permanent link  Election of CDS officers is October 28


zehak2013The Chicago Dental Society will hold its Election of Officers Oct. 28 during the Regional Meeting at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. 

The 2016 officer nominees are:

  • George Zehak, president
  • Phillip Fijal, president-elect
  • Louis Imburgia, secretary
  • Cheryl Watson-Lowry, vice president
  • Terri Tiersky, treasurer

The Installation of Officers ceremony will take place Sunday, Nov. 15 at The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Pl., Chicago.

  • Welcome Reception: 6:30 p.m.
  • Installation: 7:30 p.m.
  • Dessert Reception: 8:30 p.m.


Permanent link  Kris Bryant wins dentists’ vote for best Chicago Cubs smile


Cubs Smiles

Cubs fever is sweeping Chicago! But, while others are debating who is the best player on the team, the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) wanted to answer this burning question — which Cubs starter has the best smile?

In a survey conducted by the Chicago Dental Society, when asked which Chicago Cubs starter has the best smile, Kris Bryant came in first with 66 percent of the vote. Addison Russell's grin was a close second with 20 percent, followed by Kyle Schwarber. 

"A great smile like Kris Bryant’s can be a key asset in life. You can see and feel his confidence when he smiles after hitting a home run. It's infectious," said Dr. Bill Simon, CDS member dentist. "The Chicago Dental Society encourages everyone to get six-month cleanings and checkups to maintain a great smile so you project your winning confidence like Kris and the other Cubs."

Besides exuding confidence, a baseball player’'s smile may indicate how long he will live. A 2010 Wayne State University study examined baseball card photos of Major League players in 1952. Research concluded that the players who didn't smile lived an average of only 72.9 years, while the smiling players lived an average of 79.9 years.

CDS is the largest dental group in the midwest representing Cook, DuPage and Lake counties. More than 100 dentists and their social media friends participated in the survey.

If you're interested in oral care tips and trends, or an interview with a CDS spokesperson, please email Terri Cornelius or call 312.724.8110.