The Independent Dental Organization (IDO) of the Chicago Dental Society recently completed a week of volunteering at the CDS Foundation Dental Clinic, with spectacular results.
Volunteer dentists, supported by volunteer hygienists April 21-25, produced $12,022 in donated dental services. This included 26 fillings, 21 extractions and eight comprehensive exams, which completed treatment on 26 patients.
“It was our pleasure to have a small part in helping so many patients in need of dental care,” IDO president Michael Biasiello said in an email to the clinic. “Our job was made easy due to all of the help from Dottie (Mackie) and the rest of the staff at the CDS Foundation Clinic. It is our hope that more dentists and especially dental groups will get the message and respond to the urgent dental care needed in our community.”
Volunteers who participated in Independents Week at the CDS Foundation Clinic include Michael Biasiello, Trucia Drummond, John Gerding, Alejandro Godinez, Mary Hawley, Louis Imburgia, Helen Lo, David Nguyen, Stephen Palatinus, Sal Storniolo, Victoria Ursitti, David Williams and Michael Wince.
Other groups that have already scheduled volunteer events at the clinic include the Members Group and the Dental Arts Club.
To schedule an individual volunteer time or a group event, contact Ms. Mackie at 630.260.8530.
access to care
The Illinois State Dental Society is seeking support for a bill that would allow dentists to provide flu vaccines to patients 18 years and older, SB3409. ISDS is encouraging all members to contact their representatives today, so that the bill survives committee debates in the coming weeks.
The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) is making a strong effort in the House of Representatives to stop the flu vaccine bill, arguing that health insurers will not credential dentists in medical networks and that dentists are not Medicare providers. In addition, ISMS representatives say that there is already adequate coverage of providers to administer flu vaccines.
In response, ISDS is asking members contact their state representatives and to emphasize that these administrative issues can be addressed — and that the real issue is the potential to keep people from getting sick and possibly dying. Evidence shows that only 45 percent of Illinois citizens get vaccinated annually, and that hospitals are flooded with patients sickened with the flu, according to the reports published by Illinois Department of Public Health.
ISDS has also argued that passage of SB409 will enable dentists to volunteer at public health clinics this fall to help with inoculation efforts, which will greatly increase the number of health care providers vaccinating the underserved population.
SB409 is expected to be heard by the House Health Care Licenses Committee or the Health Care Availability to Access Committee within the next two weeks.
Find more talking points and get your Representative’s contact information online.
Opioid Safety Seminar - Wednesday, May 21
Save the date for a free dental CE event hosted by the DuPage County Health Department and sponsored by the Chicago Dental Society.
Heroin addiction often starts with prescribed opioids. Heroin and prescribed opioid-related overdose deaths are at epidemic levels nationally and in DuPage County. You are invited to be a part of the solution by learning best practices from national and local experts while receiving the latest tools and resources to support your practice. Wednesday, May 2111:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Lower Level, Oak Room, 155 E. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Space is limited and advance registration is required. The program is offered free of charge and lunch is included. Find more information here. Register online to save your spot today.
Five of the nation’s top dental associations are reminding athletes of all ages to play it safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and organized sports this spring.
The Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the American Dental Association (ADA) are collaborating to promote National Facial Protection Month in April. National Facial Protection Month strives to raise public awareness and remind parents/caregivers, coaches and athletes to play it safe while playing sports.
Research estimates that about 2 percent of all children or adolescents who participate in sports eventually will suffer a facial injury severe enough to require medical attention.
“A properly fitted mouth guard is an essential piece of any athlete's protective equipment,” says Paul Nativi, past president of ASD. “Mouth guards protect the teeth from being knocked out, broken and displaced. Mouth guards prevent injuries to the bone and tissues around the teeth. They also help prevent injuries to the mandible (lower jaw) and temporomandibular joint in the jaw. Tooth loss incurs a tremendous financial, emotional, and psychological expense. Protect what you have - wear a properly fitted mouth guard.”
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Policy on Prevention of Sports-related Orofacial Injuries, sports accidents reportedly account for 10-39 percent of all dental injuries in children and are most often caused by direct hits with a hard object, such as a puck or ball, and player-to-player contact.
The dental associations offer the following five tips to help prevent facial injury:
- Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports: Mouth guards are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury, and dentists and dental specialists can make customized mouth guards that hold teeth in place and allow for normal speech and breathing.
- Wear a helmet: Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
- Wear protective eyewear: Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.
- Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin: Hockey pucks, basketballs and racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.
- Make protective gear mandatory for all sports: Athletes who participate in football, hockey and boxing are required to wear mouth guards. Mouth guards have been proven to significantly decrease the risk of oral injuries, and should be considered standard in all sports, particularly:
- equestrian events
- field events
- field hockey
- ice hockey
- inline skating
- martial arts
- shot put
- water polo
And the winners are. . .
We have tallied the votes from McCormick Place and online and determined the four fan favorites of the ten 150th Anniversary Molars. The following four molars will be placed on display this summer in Pioneer Plaza in front of the CDS headquarters building at 401 N. Michigan Ave.:
- Dentistry for Kids
The race was tight, with 3,392 ballots collected at the 149th Midwinter Meeting in February and another 5,769 votes cast online through March 31.
CDS staff is still working out some of the details regarding the molars’ move to our plaza on Michigan Avenue this summer, and we will post information on our website as they are settled.
We thank all the sponsors who participated, and we also thank all those who voted both on site and online.
150th Anniversary Molar Sponsors
The Illinois State Dental Society is asking dentists to take action now to prevent legislation that would allow dental hygienists to practice in Illinois without proper supervision.
Despite efforts in March to stop Senate Bill 2847, the bill's sponsor State Sen. Donne Trotter was able to get the defeated bill posted again for:
3 p.m., Wednesday, April 2Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions CommitteeRoom 400, Illinois State Capitol
If you can’t attend the hearing, you can still register your opposition online. To submit a Witness Slip to the 98th General Assembly in opposition to Senate Bill 2847:
Follow these instructions:
- Section I: use your home address and your dental practice name or just enter “Dentist”
- Section II: Type in that you are representing “Dentistry”
- Section III: Select Opponent
- Section IV: Select “Record of Appearance Only.” This means you do not want to give oral testimony at the hearing but wish to be officially recorded as an opponent.
- Type in the appropriate security words
- At the very bottom of the form, in the left hand corner, make sure to check the box “I Agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.”
- Click the Create (Slip) button on the bottom right.
Your participation Wednesday is valuable to the Committee members. ISDS reported that last week’s hearing was standing room-only, packed with hygienists and hygiene students who clapped and cheered throughout the hearing. State Sen. Trotter poked fun at Give Kids A Smile and Mission of Mercy events, calling them dentistry’s solution to the access problem. He also stated that, in general, dentists do not treat the neediest populations. The Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association — which is backing SB 2847 — stated in prior testimony that “many dentists in private practice are violating the supervision laws already, so why not just make it legal.”
Find more information in the ISDS opposition position paper.
For more information, email the Illinois State Dental Society or call 217.525.1406.
Read the full copy of SB2847.