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Permanent link  CDS seeks Director of Scientific Programs


Call for applications

CDS seeks Director of Scientific Programs

The director of scientific programs is responsible for the development, coordination and execution of educational and scientific programs, including clinician/speaker selection and contracting for Regional Meetings, webinars, and the Midwinter Meeting.

The individual must work closely with officers and their Midwinter Meeting program and education volunteer teams and CDS staff. This position includes staff liaison responsibilities with various Midwinter Meeting and standing committees. Travel is required. A dental degree preferred. This full-time position offers a competitive salary and full employee benefits. Position reports to Executive Director and Associate Executive Director.

Send confidential letter of introduction 
and résumé to:

Randall B. Grove
Executive Director
Chicago Dental Society
401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60611-5585

Deadline for applications

July 31, 2014


Permanent link  CDS teams with DuPage Co. Health to present opioid safety seminar


Opioid Safety Seminar - Wednesday, May 21

Save the date for a free dental CE event hosted by the DuPage County Health Department and sponsored by the Chicago Dental Society. 

Heroin addiction often starts with prescribed opioids. Heroin and prescribed opioid-related overdose deaths are at epidemic levels nationally and in DuPage County. You are invited to be a part of the solution by learning best practices from national and local experts while receiving the latest tools and resources to support your practice. 

Wednesday, May 21
11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Lower Level, Oak Room, 155 E. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Space is limited and advance registration is required. The program is offered free of charge and lunch is included. Find more information here. Register online to save your spot today.


Permanent link  April is National Facial Protection Month


Five of the nation’s top dental associations are reminding athletes of all ages to play it safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and organized sports this spring.

The Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the American Dental Association (ADA) are collaborating to promote National Facial Protection Month in April.  National Facial Protection Month strives to raise public awareness and remind parents/caregivers, coaches and athletes to play it safe while playing sports.

Research estimates that about 2 percent of all children or adolescents who participate in sports eventually will suffer a facial injury severe enough to require medical attention. 

“A properly fitted mouth guard is an essential piece of any athlete's protective equipment,” says Paul Nativi, past president of ASD.  “Mouth guards protect the teeth from being knocked out, broken and displaced.  Mouth guards prevent injuries to the bone and tissues around the teeth. They also help prevent injuries to the mandible (lower jaw) and temporomandibular joint in the jaw. Tooth loss incurs a tremendous financial, emotional, and psychological expense.  Protect what you have - wear a properly fitted mouth guard.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Policy on Prevention of Sports-related Orofacial  Injuries, sports accidents reportedly account for 10-39 percent of all dental injuries in children and are most often caused by direct hits with a hard object, such as a puck or ball, and player-to-player contact.

The dental associations offer the following five tips to help prevent facial injury:

  1. Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports: Mouth guards are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury, and dentists and dental specialists can make customized mouth guards that hold teeth in place and allow for normal speech and breathing.
  2. Wear a helmet: Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  3. Wear protective eyewear: Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.
  4. Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin: Hockey pucks, basketballs and racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.
  5. Make protective gear mandatory for all sports: Athletes who participate in football, hockey and boxing are required to wear mouth guards.  Mouth guards have been proven to significantly decrease the risk of oral injuries, and should be considered standard in all sports, particularly: 
  • acrobatics
  • bandy
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • bicycling
  • boxing
  • equestrian events
  • field events
  • field hockey
  • football
  • gymnastics
  • handball
  • ice hockey
  • inline skating
  • lacrosse
  • martial arts
  • racquetball
  • rugby
  • shot put
  • skateboarding
  • skiing
  • skydiving
  • soccer
  • softball
  • squash
  • surfing
  • volleyball
  • water polo
  • weightlifting
  • wrestling




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Permanent link  150th Anniversary Molar Contest winners announced


And the winners are. . .

We have tallied the votes from McCormick Place and online and determined the four fan favorites of the ten 150th Anniversary Molars. The following four molars will be placed on display this summer in Pioneer Plaza in front of the CDS headquarters building at 401 N. Michigan Ave.:

  1. Dentistry for Kids
  2. Colgate
  3. Hu-Friedy
  4. Ultradent

Dentistry for Kids tooth  Colgate tooth  Hu Friedy tooth  Ultradent tooth


The race was tight, with 3,392 ballots collected at the 149th Midwinter Meeting in February and another 5,769 votes cast online through March 31.

CDS staff is still working out some of the details regarding the molars’ move to our plaza on Michigan Avenue this summer, and we will post information on our website as they are settled.

We thank all the sponsors who participated, and we also thank all those who voted both on site and online.

150th Anniversary Molar Sponsors 

Dentistry for Kidsfan favorite
Colgatefan favorite
Hu-Friedy Mfg. fan favorite
Ultradentfan favorite
Pediatric Dental Health Associates 
Joseph Discipio, DDS, and Associates 
Harry J. Bosworth Company 
Shatkin F.I.R.S.T., Inc. 
Total votes cast9,161


Permanent link  ISDS calls on dentists to fight SB2847


The Illinois State Dental Society is asking dentists to take action now to prevent legislation that would allow dental hygienists to practice in Illinois without proper supervision.

Despite efforts in March to stop Senate Bill 2847, the bill's sponsor State Sen. Donne Trotter was able to get the defeated bill posted again for:

3 p.m., Wednesday, April 2
Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee
Room 400, Illinois State Capitol

If you can’t attend the hearing, you can still register your opposition online. To submit a Witness Slip to the 98th General Assembly in opposition to Senate Bill 2847:

Follow these instructions

  • Section I: use your home address and your dental practice name or just enter “Dentist”
  • Section II: Type in that you are representing “Dentistry”
  • Section III: Select Opponent
  • Section IV: Select “Record of Appearance Only.” This means you do not want to give oral testimony at the hearing but wish to be officially recorded as an opponent.
  • Type in the appropriate security words
  • At the very bottom of the form, in the left hand corner, make sure to check the box “I Agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.”
  • Click the Create (Slip) button on the bottom right.

Your participation Wednesday is valuable to the Committee members. ISDS reported that last week’s hearing was standing room-only, packed with hygienists and hygiene students who clapped and cheered throughout the hearing. State Sen. Trotter poked fun at Give Kids A Smile and Mission of Mercy events, calling them dentistry’s solution to the access problem. He also stated that, in general, dentists do not treat the neediest populations. The Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association — which is backing SB 2847 — stated in prior testimony that “many dentists in private practice are violating the supervision laws already, so why not just make it legal.”

Find more information in the ISDS opposition position paper.

For more information, email the Illinois State Dental Society or call 217.525.1406.

Read the full copy of SB2847.