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Permanent link  Everything a dentist needs to know about swine flu


The good people over at DentalBlogs have come up with a comprehensive resource for dentists on the swine flu.

While most experts agree that the news coverage of this illness has been overblown, public health officials believe there has now been an outbreak in the Rogers Park neighborhood, so it may be wise for Chicago-area dentists to take extra precautions.


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Permanent link  Dr. Lex MacNeil new dean of Midwestern Universitys College of Dental Medicine


From Midwestern University's press release:

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University (MWU), announces the appointment of M.A.J. (Lex) MacNeil, D.D.S., as the inaugural Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Prior to his appointment at MWU, Dr. MacNeil was the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Dentistry in Vancouver, Canada. In the early 1990's, Dr. MacNeil was actively involved in the development of continuing education programs and clinical practice guidelines for dental practitioners in British Columbia, serving as chair for both related committees of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. He joined the faculty at UBC in 1994 after practicing dentistry full time in the Vancouver area for 20 years and serving as a part-time clinical faculty member at UBC in prosthodontics since 1982. Dr. MacNeil has published widely and brings outstanding expertise to the new College of Dental Medicine.

The appointment of Dr. MacNeil is one of the first steps in Midwestern University's plan to seek approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Commission on Dental Accreditation for a new center of learning in dental education in the state of Illinois. The University intends to offer a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree on the Downers Grove Campus starting in 2011. In the new DMD program, students will complete a four-year curriculum that includes didactic basic medical and dental science studies, preclinical simulation modules, extensive patient care based clinical dentistry and community centered clinical experiences. The inaugural class will consist of 125 students.


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That is Great to have Midwestern open a for profit school not supported by the state, much nimbler and new administrations. The catch 22 is the overabundance of dentists and dental practices in Downers Grove and the western suburbs reduces practice population thus less money. The other side of the sword is since there are plenty of top tiered dentists, they are willing to teach because of less time in the practice. I wish them well.<br />Sincerely,<br />Dr. BDC<br />

Posted by: Brian ( on 05/16/2011

Permanent link  Is your practice friendly to senior citizens?


CDS Review senior staff writer Joanna Brown is seeking input from dentists who have made a conscious effort in their practice to be more accommodating of senior citizens. Whether it's something as simple as having patients forms available in a larger font or measures more elaborate, like handicapped-accessible operatories, Joanna would like hear your stories. Please contact her at either jbrown [at] cds dot org or call (312) 836-7324.


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Permanent link  Practicing what you preach


Please welcome Dr. Adrian Codel, a CDS member and general dentist who practices on Chicago's north side. Today Dr. Codel reflects on whether it's important for health care professionals to "walk the walk and talk the talk" when it comes to taking care of their own health.

You've already waited 30 minutes in the waiting area and another 15 minutes in a cold treatment room and finally the physician walks in to introduce himself because you are a new patient. You first notice that your new doctor is overweight, likely borderline obese. When you shake his hand and get closer you detect the smell of cigarettes. But this doesn't matter because all that matters is that you receive the best possible care. You answer some basic health history questions during the interview and are very happy with his chair-side manner. You now feel more comfortable and crack a joke. It must have been a good one because you made him laugh. That is when you notice that the entire facial surfaces his lower anterior teeth are completely covered in calculus and you know that if it is bad on the facial, it is worse on the lingual. Do you lose confidence is his ability?

Well, this did not happen to me, but I was imagining this scenario as I was cleaning the teeth of my patient who is a physician. He met the above description. He is a great person and I am sure an excellent clinician. However, his oral health is in complete neglect. Emergency care only, rampant decay and uncontrolled periodontal disease. Not to mention his non oral conditions. I was told after he was dismissed that he complained that we made him wait 5 minutes for his scheduled procedure and threatened to leave.

So which is worse? The physician who fails to take control of his own health or the one that complains about waiting 5 minutes? Either way they may not practice what they preach. But neither do we. OK. I'll admit it, I don't floss every day.


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Permanent link  Bartering for dental care


Please welcome Dr. Adrian Codel, a CDS member and general dentist who practices on Chicago's north side. Today Dr. Codel discusses how dentists can exchange dental care for other services through a bartering association.

Clean house for clean teeth.

That's right, when I clean a patient's teeth, I get my house cleaned. That is because I have incorporated bartering into my dental practice. By definition "barter usually replaces money as the method of exchange in times of monetary crisis, when the currency is unstable and devalued by hyperinflation." While hyperinflation may not be the case today, I believe monetary crisis is.

Now I am not talking about a handshake deal where services are directly exchanged. I am talking about bartering as a great marketing tool using organized barter and trade associations. In this case, you sign up for a trade association. Someone else who belongs to that association sees you listed and makes an appointment. They owe you $500 for the procedure. Instead of paying cash, $500 is transferred from their barter account to yours. Now you have $500 to spend on any item or service within the organization, regardless of what services the patient provides. Now, if this patient is happy she may refer you two cash-paying patients and post a nice review on Yelp! Your traditional marketing model and discounts were not needed.

So how do you spend the $500? Here are some examples of things I have used my barter/trade dollars on. For my practice: dental labs, ink and toner, document shredding, clinical equipment repair, floor refinishing, message on hold system even OSHA training and compliance. For personal use: limo service, Lake Geneva hotels, restaurants, concert tickets. That's right, I even have my own entertainment concierge that can get me sporting, theater and concert tickets, all through barter.

The income is taxable as revenue and proper documentation is received by year's end. The downside is that you need to decide how often or when you want to schedule these patients. I have noticed some dentists allow appointments during off-peak hours. Others only allow 1-2 patients at a time until treatment is completed. You can also dictate what percentage of treatment is barter and what percentage is cash. This covers lab expenses, for instance. It took me several months to figure out how to spend the "money" but now I find it fun and a little bit of a treasure hunt. There is a minimal transaction fee in order to keep the barter organization running.

Admittedly, it is not for everyone, but since the dentist can control the exposure and frequency, it is a fun, low-cost way to attract patients and reduce the amount of cash being taken out of your business bank account.

The two organizations I am most familiar with are: Art of Barter, which is restricted to the Chicago area, and IMS, which is nationwide.


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Permanent link  Driving dentists bananas: Cell phones in the dental chair


Following up on our fall survey of members, which found cell phones in the dental chair the number-one pet peeve among dentists, four members of the CDS Communications Committee take a look at good office policies for handling patients who text and talk on their cell phones during a dental exam.


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Permanent link  CDS Review earns kudos from association publishing group


CDS has just learned that two CDS Review articles have been recognized by the Society of National Association Publications for excellence in journalism.

Editor Wally Lamacki's column "Tummy-tucks" (Final Impressions, December 2008) earned the gold award in the magazine column category. Senior Writer Joanna Brown earned a silver award in the magazine feature category for "User reviews: What are patients saying about you online?" The article was published in the September/October 2008 issue.


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Permanent link  Make sure your practice is compliant with the Red Flags Rule


The FTC's Red Flags Rule go into effect less than two weeks from now. To help members be compliant with these rules, the American Dental Association has created a sample policy that dentists can use for crafting their own office policy and a compliance guide. (Please note that an ADA login and password are required to access both files.)

From the ADA News office:

The ADA is helping members comply with the Red Flags Rule by launching the ADA Sample Identity Theft Detection and Response Program and ADA Guide for Compliance with the New Red Flags Rule. These are the best sources available to help dentists meet the proposed May 1 Red Flags Rule deadline.

The Red Flags Rule requires financial institutions and "creditors"-a term the FTC defines very broadly-to develop a written plan to prevent and detect identity theft. Although the ADA has challenged the Federal Trade Commission on the applicability of the rule to dentists, the Association has also developed compliance materials for ADA members while continuing to urge the FTC to reconsider the issue.

More information, along with links to the FTC program, is in our previous entry on the Red Flags Rule.



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Permanent link  When should children first visit the dentist?


Our crack team of spokespeople met in January to talk dental turkey. Here's the first installment in our "Dental View" series--When should children visit the dentist? Dr. Cissy Furusho also provides some tips for treating the youngest patients.

Featuring general dentists Drs. Trucia Drummond, Ingrid Schroetter and Kimberely Bolden and pediatric dentist Dr. Cissy Furusho.


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Going tot the dentist should be an isolated event. People should take care of their teeth more, because we all know how painful a teeth ache can be.

Posted by: prodds ( on 05/16/2011

Permanent link  CDS picnic at Ravinia tickets now on sale!


Celebrate summer at Ravinia Festival Sunday, July 12, when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents an all-Tchaikovsky concert, including the 1812 Overture punctuated with live cannons.

CDS members and their guests will gather under Ravinia's UBS Tent beginning at 3 p.m. for a light supper of sirloin sandwiches, roasted rosemary chicken, fresh fruit and vegetables, whole wheat pasta salad, and other treats made from locally grown, organic ingredients. The bar will offer beer and wine, as well as soft drinks and water.

After the meal, guests will be ushered to their reserved seats in the pavilion for the concert. Guests may return to the UBS Tent from 7-8 p.m. for dessert.

CDS members are limited to a total of two reduced-price tickets, at a cost of $55 per ticket. Additional tickets are available at the full price of $121. Prices do not include parking fees.

To purchase, visit our special events Web page.


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