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Permanent link  New App gets users brushing


If you find your patients with their noses buried in their smart phones and tablets while they wait for their appointments to begin, recommend an App to preview your oral hygiene message. Toothsavers calls on users’ competitive spirit to get kids brushing.
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a coalition of 36 leading organizations in the field of oral health, and the national Ad Council recently released the free app to encourage better oral health habits. Find Toothsavers online and in the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores
The game features:
 - 10 colorful characters whose teeth kids can clean with swipes and taps.
 - 10 two-minute animations to make brushing in real life fun.
 - 10 colorful cartoon teeth that animate to your voice in two-player mode.
 - An interactive map to chart each day and night that kids brush with Toothsavers.
 - New characters unlocked by brushing two minutes, twice a day with Toothsavers.
 - A parents' section to designate daily brushing times and monitor kids’ brushing progress on a calendar.
Toothsavers is the first mobile app to be entirely created by the Ad Council — a nonprofit organization that has been producing public service campaigns since 1942. It represents a big milestone in the Council’s efforts to use gaming and mobile technology to effect social change. 
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives shares the view that no child should be in pain and suffer broader health issues or endure the social stigma and lack of opportunity resulting from untreated dental diseases and conditions. Its primary mission is to teach parents and caregivers, as well as children themselves, to take control of their own health through oral disease prevention.
This campaign aims to motivate parents to take action to reduce their children’s risk of oral disease by making sure their kids are brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day.


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Permanent link  Download the 2014 Midwinter Meeting mobile app


2014 Mobile AppReturning this year is the CDS Midwinter Meeting mobile app. Make time to download the app so you can stay on top of the latest information leading up to and during the Midwinter Meeting. 
Once installed, you’ll have instant access to many features:

  • The full course schedule
  • Social sharing on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
  • Detailed information about speakers and exhibitors  
  • Special Event information
  • Maps of McCormick Place West 
  • The Daily Review, the official publication of the Midwinter Meeting 

This year you’ll be able to click on your course room number or an exhibitor’s booth in the app to bring up a map of its location, allowing you to more easily navigate McCormick Place West.

Apple and Android users can find the free app in the iTunes store or Google Play store using the search term “Chicago Dental Society.” 

The app is accessible to BlackBerry devices, Windows phone users, and desktop computers through a web-based version, available at Please note that BlackBerry and Windows phone users are welcome to use the mobile web version, which behaves much like the app but does need connectivity in order to view. 


Permanent link  Dental Lifeline Network Reaches Milestone In Donated Services


Our congratulations go out to Dental Lifeline Network (DLN), a charity that provides dental services all 50 states and the District of Columbia to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. In 2013, these services reached a total of $250 million since the creation of its Donated Dental Services (DDS) program in 1985.
Through this flagship program, volunteer dentists and laboratories in several states have provided treatment to 120,000 people. Donated by more than 15,000 dentists and 3,600 laboratories nationwide, treatment through DDS is comprehensive, unlike care provided through many other dental charities.
“Our success in making dental therapies accessible to people who critically need care is due to the overwhelming generosity of dentists who willingly contribute their services and staff time and the laboratories that support them,” noted Fred Leviton, DLN president. “For people who suffer daily with severe pain from fractured teeth, advanced periodontal disease and the inability to eat normally, dental treatment is life-transforming,” Leviton said.
DLN is headquartered in Denver with DDS program coordinators located throughout the country who screen program applicants, match them with volunteer dentists, arrange for laboratory support and specialists as needed and provide logistical coordination between patients and providers. Patients are treated in the dentists’ offices. The average value of treatment is more than $3,000. Every dollar raised or contributed results in more than $10 of professional services. 
DLN was founded in 1974 by Larry Coffee, DDS, a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School. For information to become a volunteer dentist or laboratory or to make a donation, please visit or call 888.471.6334.


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Permanent link  Don't procrastinate! Register today for the Midwinter Meeting


Join us for the 2014 Midwinter Meeting, Feb. 20-22 at Chicago's McCormick Place West. Time is running out if you want to register by mail/fax, although you can still register online into February.

We want you online, not in line

  • Online registration deadline: February 14 
  • Mailed and faxed registration deadline: January 18

    We encourage our member dentists to register early by offering a four-tiered registration fee schedule. Register early for all courses to guarantee a seat and save money. You can always add more courses later. The earlier you register, the more you save!

    TIER 3 Registration Fees: January

    • Non-dentist registration fee: $75
    • ADA dentist fee: $175
    • Non-ADA dentist fee: $750
    • Course fees are the same as in Tier 1

    TIER 4 Registration Fees: February (includes on-site registration)

    • Non-dentist registration fee: $95
    • ADA dentist fee: $195
    • Non-ADA dentist fee: $850
    • Course fees: $90 for each limited attendance clinic
    • Other course fees vary and increase on site
    • Those who register online in February must pick up their badges on site. They will not be mailed.


    In order to take advantage of free registration — a member benefit — you must pay your dues before you register for the Midwinter Meeting. 

    • CDS Members must pay their 2014 tri-partite dues in full to register for free for the 2014 Midwinter Meeting.
    • Members who have not paid their 2014 dues must register as an ADA Member (Category B). 
    • Free entrance to the Midwinter Meeting is a member benefit. 
    • Do not pay dues with your Midwinter Meeting registration.

    Dues for 2014 Regular Members

    As part of tri-partite membership, your CDS dues are collected by the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS). 

    ISDS mailed dues statements for the 2014 calendar year in November. Payment was due January 1. For your convenience, ISDS offers a six-month pre-payment plan as an alternative to lump sum billing: June-November 2013.

    Pay dues online

    We encourage you to take advantage of the convenience of paying your tri-partite dues online by visiting

    Dues for 2014 Associate Members

    CDS Associate Members can pay their 2014 dues online. You need your 5-digit CDS number to access your dues payment record online. First-time visitors to our website will need to register to access members-only content. You will need to provide a unique email address and valid CDS member number to register.

    Bring Your staff

    Registration is free to Illinois Dental Assistant Association members.

    Assistants, Hygienists and Office Personnel Registration Fees

    • November: $55
    • December: $65
    • January: $75
    • February: $95

    ISDS Hygienists Registration Fees

    • November: $0
    • December: $20
    • January: $30
    • February: $50