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Permanent link  Dental records are needed to identify an Illinois woman. Can you help?


State authorities have contacted the Illinois State Dental Society for help identifying a missing person. Read on to learn more about Cynthia Day and how you can help.

Cynthia Louise Day went missing from National City (St. Clair County), IL, Aug. 10, 1990. She was 35-year-old mother of two teenage daughters.

Sixteen days later in St. Louis County, MO, the nude body of a white female meeting Ms. Day’s description was found at the bottom of a cliff. Unfortunately, East St. Louis officials failed to properly record an original missing person report and no identification was made.

In 2009, after looking through the NamUs system, the resemblance to Cynthia Day was noted and reported to the proper authorities. But a positive identification has still not been made because an insufficient amount of DNA is available. Dental records and x-rays were recorded at the time the body was found.

The family has attempted to locate Ms. Day’s dental and medical records locally, but without success so far. They’ve set up a Facebook page in Cynthia Louise Day’s name as well as a website,, to extend their search.

Readers with information can contact Ms. Day’s daughter, Melody, through Facebook or by phone at 314.640.7359.



Permanent link  Beat the clock and register today


Have you see the countdown clock on our home page? The 2013 Midwinter Meeting is less than 90 days off. Have you registered yet?

Precisely 1,234 people jumped online when registration opened Nov. 1, and quickly signed up for courses with their most favorite speakers in their most needed area of study. They also reserved their most coveted spot at the Friday Night concert, featuring Cheap Trick.

By Nov. 19, the number of registered attendees had grown to 7,380. They’ve reserved 13,866 course tickets (including one-third of all the free tickets that are available for the 2013 Midwinter Meeting) and are clearing their calendars for Feb. 21-23.

The CDS members in this group – all 1,404 of them – are also anticipating the $75 rebate coupon they’ll receive with their registration materials. They’re probably taking inventory at the office this weekend, plotting how they’ll spend their money on the exhibit floor.

Beat the clock, and join these folks at McCormick Place in February. Register online now, because prices increase (and the CDS member rebate decreases) Dec. 1. 


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Permanent link  Dental clinics at CommunityHealth resolve to grow


CommunityHealth Nov12It’s that time of year when people start making plans for the new year. We set goals, and outline our plans for achieving them. CommunityHealth is Illinois’s largest volunteer-based medical facility providing free care for the uninsured, but it’s just the same as you and me. 

Leaders outlined their goals for CommunityHealth’s two dental clinics a few weeks ago:

  • Provide 2,500 visits at two locations: Englewood and West Town
  • Cultivate health education relationships, such as through participation in CommunityHealth Diabetes Day and Oral Health Month (May) programming
  • Continue an ongoing dental ER reduction project
  • Track, monitor and report on treatment completion rates.
  • Identify high-risk patients whose oral health is complicated by diabetes, cancer treatment, mental health medications (which might cause dry mouth), and wound healing issues.
  • Recruit 50 percent more dentist volunteers (they currently have 18)
  • Recruit 100 percent more hygienist volunteers (they currently have 4)
  • Recruit 50 percent more dental assistants (they currently have 12).

 CommunityHealth is proud to have served 32,000 uninsured men, women and children since its founding in 1993 – but think of what they can do if they attain those last three goals. Volunteers can sign up for as little as one four-hour shift per month.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the West Town or Englewood dental clinics, contact CommunityHealth’s Kelly Tondini at 773.969.5923 or



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Permanent link  Help patients quit smoking for the Great American Smokeout


The American Dental Association and dentists across the country have long encouraged patients to stop smoking. The reasons why are many:

  • stained teeth and tongue
  • dulled sense of taste and smell 
  • slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery 
  • difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems 
  • gum disease 
  • oral cancer.

But today, Nov. 15, it's a much bigger deal. This is the day that the American Cancer Society celebrates the Great American Smokeout to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking today. 

By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life.

Need another reason to encourage your patients to quit? Share with them this Confession of an Ex-Smoker, originally published by the Northbrook-based American College of Chest Physicians



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Permanent link  Dr. Rotter confirmed as dean at SIU


The Chicago Dental Society recently learned that Bruce Rotter has been appointed as the next dean of the School of Dental Medicine at Southern Illinois University (SIU).  After a national search lead by Professor Debra Dixon, Dr. Rotter’s appointment was ratified by the Board of Trustees Nov. 8.  

A CDS member, Dr. Rotter brings a wealth of experience to the role of Dean of the School of Dental Medicine.  A 1982 graduate of the School of Dental Medicine, his academic career began there in 1993 as assistant professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  In 1997 he was promoted to associate professor, and in 2009 he became a full professor. 

During that time frame, Dr. Rotter created and administered one of the first implant fellowship training programs in the country that led to the creation of a freestanding implant clinic, which he subsequently directed.

Prior to his appointment as Interim Dean in summer 2011, Dr. Rotter had served as the associate dean for academic affairs for six years.  

Throughout his career, Dr. Rotter has been active in the private practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery and currently practices with Southern Illinois Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ltd., in Belleville and Glen Carbon.  He also has served the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in St. Louis as a consultant since 1994. 

In addition, since 1996, Dr. Rotter has contributed his expertise in support of the dental specialty programs in Endodontics and Periodontics that SIU shares with St. Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education.

We join the SIU faculty and administration in congratulating Dr. Rotter, and we wish him great success.


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Permanent link  Arcolian Dental Arts Society to honor Salvatore Storniolo at annual Christmas Party


Sal StornioloThe Arcolian Dental Arts Society will honor Salvatore Storniolo, DDS, as Arcolian of the Year Tuesday, Dec. 11 at its annual Christmas Party.

Dr. Storniolo grew up on the northwest side of Chicago, and has been practicing dentistry in Norridge since 1991. He currently lives in Arlington Heights with his wife, Angie and their three boys. 

A dedicated community activist, Dr. Storniolo is a past recipient of "Cub Master of the Year" for the Arlington Heights Cub Scout Pack 129. He has been a contractual staff dentist at DuPage County Urgent Care Dental Clinic since 2007 and an advisory board member with the DuPage County Health Department. Dr. Storniolo has also volunteered at various dental community events.

An active member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and Harwood Heights Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Storniolo was inducted into the Odontographic Society of Chicago in April. He served as the CDS Northwest Side Branch president in 2007-08. Dr. Storniolo is currently the vice president of the Independent Dental Organization (one of the Chicago Dental Society's three political groups). 

The Arcolian Dental Arts Society Christmas Party will be held at the Park Ridge Country Club, 636 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. For details, email Benjamin LoGiudice or call 847.945.6700.


Permanent link  John Green honored for courtroom success


Chicago Dental Society member and CDS Review columnist John M. Green,  founder of Green Law Offices, LLC, was honored with a 2012 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for Outstanding Defense Verdict in a dental malpractice case by the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. The prestigious award was presented at the Law Bulletin’s annual awards ceremony Oct. 17 before more than 200 attorneys and judges. 

Renowned for his diverse defense expertise in intricate cases, Dr. Green was honored for his successful defense of two dentists sued for allegedly failing to diagnose the tongue cancer of a syndicated journalist in 2006 and 2007 which caused her to lose two-thirds of her tongue. As a result of the tongue cancer, the journalist faced a lifetime of speech challenges. The plaintiff’s attorney had asked the jury for $18.2 million, but instead the jury returned a ‘not guilty’ verdict. 

According to the Law Bulletin, hundreds of cases that go to trial are reviewed each year by the Jury Verdict Reporter, with only nine cases recognized for outstanding achievement. 

A Chicago native, Dr. Green received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of the Loyola University School of Dentistry and the DePaul University College of Law. As one of the few practicing defense attorneys in the United States who is also a practicing dentist, Dr. Green is a noted expert in dental malpractice defense litigation. He is a popular speaker on dental malpractice defense.

He resides with his wife, Mary, and four children in the Chicago area. You can read his column in every issue of the CDS Review, and an archive of his online column here.



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Permanent link  Register today for the 2013 Midwinter Meeting


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Registration is now open for the 2013 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, which runs Thursday through Saturday, February 21-23. Online registration is available through February 15.

Save money and avoid lines. Courses sell out fast, so don't miss out on your top choices. 

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