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Permanent link  Don't forget to print course handouts


What do you do when you need to remember something?

Do you tie a string around your finger? Leave yourself a voicemail? Put a sticky note on the dashboard of your car?

Whatever your method, do it now: Midwinter Meeting attendees must print out their course handouts prior to arriving at the Midwinter Meeting. Hard copies will not be available on site at McCormick Place.

Many of the speakers who will present courses at the 147th Midwinter Meeting next month have created handouts to accompany their lectures. They supplied them to CDS, and we’ve posted them online. Look for the boxy red and gray PDF logo next to the name of each course in the registration area on our website. Click on it, and the handout becomes yours.

Jump online today, download your handouts, and drop them in your attaché case (or wherever you’re keeping your badges. Leaving those at home will cost you $10 for a reprint on site). Speakers will not have hard copies for distribution in class, nor will the Chicago Dental Society provide printing stations at McCormick Place. 



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Permanent link  Information about AV at the Midwinter Meeting


Are you bringing a camera to the Midwinter Meeting – and by camera, I mean a smart phone, iPad, iPod, Webcam, Flip, or just a regular old point-and-shoot camera?

If so, keep in mind that the Chicago Dental Society does not allow audio- or videotaping of any part of the Midwinter Meeting, except by credentialed members of the media. Bring your ID to pick up your press badges and sign our Photography and Video Recording Policy in the Press Room, Level 4, Room W474B.

For those who have received permission from the Chicago Dental Society, there are still a few rules to follow. The Chicago Dental Society reserves the rights to rescind press passes or expel anyone from the Midwinter Meeting for not adhering to these conditions:

  •  Photography and video recording are permitted only on the exhibit floor of the Midwinter Meeting – never in the course rooms, small meeting rooms, or other portions of the convention.
  • Photography and recording of Midwinter Meeting courses is not allowed.
  • When videotaping or recording anything on the exhibit floor, credentialed media must receive consent from anyone personally identifiable in the images.

 Other questions about these policies can be directed to Keri Kramer, director of Communications.



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Permanent link  Stay Bright on Best Ways to Make Teeth White


As one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available, teeth whitening has fashioned into an ever-growing industry that includes an assortment of different procedures and products. The challenge of finding a solution that’s best for each patient is on the rise. Outside of the in-office whitening advancements, over-the-counter products have evolved from simple whitening strips to products like the GLO Personal Teeth Whitening Device, which offers consumers in-home professional whitening technology. So, what does this mean for dentists?

It’s never been more important to be up-to-date with the latest technology and whitening procedures, so dentists can advise their patients on the appropriate treatment.

This year’s Midwinter Meeting will host multiple lectures to educate dentists on how to evaluate what procedure is right for their patients and explore what advanced techniques are currently available. Lectures will also address the common question of: “How white is white enough?” So, mark your Midwinter Meeting calendar for one of these know-it-all teeth whitening courses:

  Does Your Practice Pass the “Whitening Systems” Test?  

When: Thursday, February 23, from 9:30 – 11 a.m.; repeated Thursday afternoon from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Description: A “live” in-office lecture and demonstration by Sherri Hicks where attendees will learn how to evaluate the best treatment for the patient using the right product.

CE Hours: 1.5

Course: FTV101 and repeated as FTV101R1 Thursday afternoon

Cost: This free lecture and live demonstration will take place on the Exhibit Floor. No registration is needed.

 White, Whiter and Whitest 

When: Saturday, February 25, from 9 a.m. – noon

Description: A comprehensive look at whitening techniques by Linda Greenwall, including an in-depth classification of different bleaching methods, how to evaluate new patients requesting bleaching, and a discussion on the question of how white is white enough. 

CE Hours: 3

Course: C306

Cost: $75 when you pre-register or $90 on site.

 Advanced Tooth Whitening and Esthetic Dentistry after Whitening 

When: Saturday, February 25, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Description: A look at advanced bleaching techniques with Linda Greenwall, including a look at comprehensive intra-oral examinations prior to bleaching, understanding advanced techniques, and treatment options for tetracycline discoloration.

CE Hours: 3

Course: C317

Cost: $75 when you pre-register or $90 on site.

 For a full list of courses and availability, access the online Course Catalog.



Permanent link  CDS is ready to welcome international guests to the Midwinter Meeting


Can you believe that Chicago hosted more than 1.1 million overseas visitors in 2010? The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture reported that they were but a fraction of the 39 million people who came to Chicago for business or pleasure that year, for a total economic impact of $11 billion to our fine city.

If you’re crossing a border for the Midwinter Meeting next month, we’ve got numerous services in place to make your trip as easy as possible. (We can’t help what happens at baggage claim, sorry.)

Think of us while you’re planning your trip. We’re happy to supply you with a Letter of Invitation or other document for your visa application. Check out our website and click on the link to the left to start the process.

Also on our website you’ll find a list of 16 hotels where we’ve reserved rooms for Midwinter Meeting attendees at preferred rates. Tell the booking agent that you’re with us when you reserve your room. 

Once you arrive in Chicago, consider a shuttle bus from either of the nearest airports — O’Hare and Midway — to your hotel. Make a reservation in advance with Go Airport Express

We’ve also arranged shuttle bus service between McCormick Place West and 15 of those hotels (one hotel is on the McCormick Place campus, and only a short walk from courses and the Exhibit Hall). If you’re commuting from one of Chicago’s fine suburbs or traveling by Amtrak from slightly farther, look for free shuttle service to McCormick Place West from Ogilvie and Union stations at the beginning and end of each meeting day. Enjoy the ride!



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Permanent link  Stay healthy this winter: tips for avoiding the flu


My local Target store made the change in the blink of an eye: one day it was Christmas cards as far as the eye could see, and the next it was a sea of ruby red valentines addressed to everyone from your spouse to your cat.

Outside of the store, however, we know somewhere in between the two celebrations comes flu season. The Lake County Health Department is reporting that flu activity nationwide is low at this time, but it’s expected to increase in the coming weeks. Here are a few tips from the Health Department to keep you, your staff and your family healthy this winter.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If no tissue is available, sneeze into your sleeve or the crook of your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

 The bottom line, the Health Department says, is that people can be exposed to respiratory viruses anywhere. The best thing is to proactively practice prevention techniques to avoid illness.

(And Mom always said to have a few cans of soup in the pantry. It can’t hurt.)



Permanent link  Satisfy your craving at the Midwinter Meeting


Chicago is most definitely known for its food: deep dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches and all-beef hot dogs with very specific condiments top the list. But really, the city’s many neighborhoods offer up most anything you’re looking for, from Spanakopita in Greektown to chicken feet in Chinatown and cannoli on Taylor Street.

Look for the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau’s counter in the General Registration area at McCormick Place when you arrive at the Midwinter Meeting. Representatives who know the city best will be on hand to help you make a dinner reservation and satisfy that craving that’s been building in your belly.

Not to spoil your appetite for dinner, but there will also be many dining options on site in the West Building. Grab something to eat between classes, and keep your strength up as your browse the aisles in the Exhibit Hall.

There are dining areas throughout our Midwinter Meeting campus: the West Food Court on the second floor; the Overlook Café in the Exhibit Hall; the CDS Restaurant, a huge area with plenty of seating on the third floor, opposite the General Registration area; and mobile carts scattered throughout the exhibit floor for a quick fix en route.

Choose from stir fry dishes with steamed bao, a build-your-own salad bar, pizza by the slice, handmade burritos, boneless rib sandwiches, and burgers (both beef and portobello) fresh from the grill. Grab-and-go items range from Cobb salads to hummus with chips, fresh fruits and sweet brownies. There are kosher and organic options on site, too.

Now, about lunch….


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Permanent link  FRAUD ALERT! Fake ADA invoices being faxed to dental offices



The Chicago Dental Society has recently learned about fraudulent dues invoices currently being circulated to dentists nationwide. We encourage you to review the following information with your office staff to protect your practice from predators.

Here are a few ways to sniff out a questionable invoice:

Examine the source of the invoice

Slight differences in the name of the billing organization are an easy way to identify a fraud. Your real dues invoice will come from the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society or the Chicago Dental Society (depending on your membership class). The ADA and CDS are based in Chicago, while ISDS is based in Springfield. Each association processes your membership applications in its headquarters. 

View a PDF sample of the ISDS dues statement.

Look at the amount due

In 2012, regular membership fees are as follows:

  • ADA: $512
  • ISDS: $340
  • CDS: $125

Find totals for other membership classes online here.

If you’re not sure, ask us

A legitimate organization lists its phone number and web address on the invoice for ease of use. Local members can contact CDS, ISDS or the ADA to confirm that what you’ve received is for real.