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Permanent link  Amalgam is back in the news today; find answers here


If your patients are fans of Dr. Oz, be prepared for their questions about the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. The Dr. Oz Show will focus today on the question, “Are your silver fillings making you sick?”

The American Dental Association has long argued that dental amalgam is a safe, affordable and durable material that has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. The Chicago Dental Society supports that position, as it is based on scientific reviews by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Life Sciences Research Office, the American Medical Association and other respected organizations. 

Read more about the ADA’s position online.

As in all cases, patients are encouraged to talk to their dentists about their oral health concerns – including those regarding the use of amalgam fillings. 

Here are a few more resources to consider when patients come to you with questions about amalgam:






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Permanent link  Register for the May 15 CDS Webinar


Registration is now open for the May 15 Chicago Dental Society Webinar featuring Joseph Maggio, DDS.

Dr. Maggio presents Innovative Endodontic Instrumentatio: It's Not One and Out at 2 p.m.

The webinar — which offers 1 CE hour of credit — is free to CDS members and costs $30 for non-members.

Joseph MaggioDr. Maggio is in private practice in Lisle.  He is a past president of the American Association of Endodontists and has lectured internationally for more than 30 years. Dr. Maggio received the Edgar D. Coolidge Award from the American Association of Endodontists, the Warren Wakii Award from the Japanese Endodontic Society, and the 2012 Gordon J. Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award from the Chicago Dental Society.

* If you are unable to participate on the day of the event, the webinar will be made available on demand the following day. However, the webinar will only be available to those who registered in advance.

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Permanent link  High Turnout. High Energy at 148th Midwinter Meeting


Nearly 30,000 dental professionals occupied McCormick Place during the 148th Midwinter Meeting, and there was no shortage of things to do, see and learn.

This year’s conference welcomed over 600 exhibitors – 113 of which were new to Midwinter – to the Exhibit Hall, allowing attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements and technologies in dentistry.

“The Exhibit Hall is the heartbeat of the meeting. It’s the source of all the energy, and the excitement emanates from there,” said Chicago Dental Society President David Fulton Jr. after welcoming attendees to the Exhibit Hall.

This year’s courses were equally as impressive. With 221 courses on the docket and 118 speakers ready to share what the latest is in dentistry; attendees packed their schedules to continue their education and adapt to new innovations and techniques.

“I tell my staff that they need to be approachable and knowledgeable, and that’s what you get here [at the Midwinter Meeting]," said Dr. Robert Haraden. "That’s what makes you more valuable.” Read more about Dr.Haraden and his staff’s visit to the Midwinter Meeting

Apart from staying current in the world of dentistry, attendees referred to another motivator that keeps them coming back year after year: the opportunity to network and connect with one another. CDS Communications Committee Chair, Dr. Kimberley Bolden, has attended for the past 15 years and told Open Wide  that the Midwinter Meeting is her favorite conference because of the opportunity to connect with peers from across the country.

The Midwinter Meeting even introduced multiple opportunities for those new to the conference or the dentistry field to connect and network with other professionals.

Pre-dental students participated in a Mentor Luncheon on Friday of the Midwinter Meeting, where current CDS members joined students and young professionals to socialize and develop their relationships. The conference also welcomed back the popular New Dentist Reception. There, nearly 200 dentists gathered to meet some familiar faces and introduce themselves to many new ones.

From the Midwinter Meeting acclaimed veterans to the ambitious first-timers, this year’s conference managed to cater to everyone. CDS is excited to invite attendees back to McCormick Place West and share what’s in store for 2014.

Relive the 148th Midwinter Meeting by exploring #CDS13 on Twitter or visit CDS on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.


Permanent link  Register for April 24 Regional Meeting


Susan BozwellBe sure to register for the April 24 Regional Meeting at Drury Lane featuring a discussion on team building by noted speaker and "mystery patient" Suzanne Boswell. While you are at it, you can download the course handout.