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Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting ranked top 250 trade show


The 2013 Midwinter Meeting has been named one of the top 250 trade shows in the United States by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN).



2013 TSSN Top 250 Badge


Culled from show management and data supplied to TSNN, the list represents the top 250 trade shows held last year in the U.S. ranked by net square footage. The Midwinter Meeting posted 168,960 square feet, filled by 672 exhibitors, 8,662 exhibit personnel, and 21,290 other attendees Feb. 21-23, 2013.

The Midwinter Meeting was the highest ranked dental meeting on the TSNN list, at No. 130. Other dental meetings on the list were the Greater New York Dental Meeting at (No.146, with 156,615 square feet) and the Yankee Dental Congress (No. 200, with 93,700 square feet). The Consumer Electronic Association’s massive International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas topped the list for the second year in a row.

The city with the most shows on the 2013 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show list was Las Vegas, with 53. Chicago scored the second most number of shows on the list in 2013, with 29, followed by Orlando, with 24

January was the busiest month in 2013 for shows, with 29, followed closely by February and March, both with 28. The slowest month of the year, as usual, was December, with seven shows on the list.


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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  Men more afraid of the dentist


Back in 2005, we surveyed our members to find out whether they thought men or women were more fearful in the dental chair. Almost half of dentists surveyed said men are more anxious than woman about visiting the dentist, compared to 36 percent who felt there was no difference and 14 percent who thought women were more nervous. Shortly after our findings came out, a study done in Canada found that female patients report being more afraid of the dentist than men.

Four years later, the Edomonton Journal revisits this issue, with some interesting twists:

  • As suspected, men do underreport their fear of the dentists, or perhaps exaggerate their comfort with the dentist.
  • Evidence suggests that fear of dental pain is a "learned behavior."
  • Those with dental fear have similar pain thresholds as patients without dental anxiety.
  • According to a survey by the Massachusetts Dental Society, women are far more likely to request cosmetic procedures.


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Permanent link  Employees continuing to use their dental benefits hold, despite recession


Crain's Communications has posted an article on how dental benefits are faring in the economy. The article cites a survey conducted by CDS last fall that found 22 percent of Chicagoans had a family member with an untreated dental issue and almost half were without insurance.

In addition, the American Dental Association reports that its survey of members has found "dentists' decreased incomes and gross billings decreased in the fourth quarter of 2008 vs. the third quarter." First-quarter 2009 statistics do show "a small improvement," the news is still bad, said Wayne Wendling, managing VP of the ADA's Health Policy Resource Center, to ADA News.

However, employers and employment consultants are saying that dental benefits coverage--and employees' use of the benefit is holding steady.

"While we hear from dentists that the amount of work being done is less than it was last year, our claim activity does not show that,'' said Jon Seltenheim, senior vp of customer service operations at dental insurer United Concordia Cos. Inc. in Harrisburg, Pa.

"The dentists that I speak with are saying they are having fewer requests for cosmetic procedures and in some cases are seeing openings in their hygiene schedules, which they rarely see, but it's too early to have any strong conclusions. Hopefully, we'll see some clarity in the middle part of the third quarter," Mr. Seltenheim said.
One insurer tells reporter Louise Kertesz that fear of layoffs may be spiking demand for preventative dental services:
Chris Swanker, VP of group dental and vision for New York-based Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America, said the industry's emphasis on preventive services, plan designs that stretch benefits-including allowing annual maximums to roll over-and fears of layoffs are "driving a fairly substantial increase in utilization...."

Mr. Hirschberg said there has been "some trail-off'' in use of higher-cost services such as orthodontia, which is covered at 50% up to a certain maximum. "There's a slowdown, not that it fell off the ledge," he said.
Read the full article. Related: the ADA will be hosting its annual National Dental Benefits Conference in August in Chicago. Attendance for members is free.


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Permanent link  Keeping those little choppers safe during summer sports


CDS President Dr. David Kumamoto interviewed for an article on mouthguards and Little League. From Stan Goff at Dental Products Report.

Do you talk with your patients about keeping their teeth safe during sports?


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