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Permanent link  CDS Foundation announces raffle winners


The Chicago Dental Society Foundation congratulates the many winners of its Midwinter Meeting raffle:

Dominic BarrazaMary HayesJoseph Sodini
Sue BishopRobert JohnsMary Starsiak
Chuck CohenMarian KaderbekDavid Steinbock
Christine CulpKevin KingMary Quinn
Glenn DeWeirdtKirk KollmannAllen Wayne
Trucia DrummondJack LiuGeorgia Williams
Robert DutkaEd MorenoLarry Williams
Loren FeldnerBarb MouselGene Wurth
Cissy FurushoIlie PavelGeorge Zehak

 These and other visitors to the CDS Foundation booth at the 148th Midwinter Meeting made donations to the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Dental Society, supporting access to care and dental education in our communities.

CDS Foundation volunteers who were at the booth were most proud to discuss the recent opening of the CDS Foundation Dental Clinic in Wheaton. The clinic, at 416 E. Roosevelt Rd., will provide free care to uninsured residents of Lake, Cook and DuPage counties - the same are served by the Chicago Dental Society and its members.

The CDS Foundation also thanks the generous sponsors who provided prizes for the raffle:

Bosworth CompanyPatterson DentalShofu
Hu-FriedyRiva/ScheinCrown Seating
Isolite SystemsSchein/CAO Group 








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Permanent link  Congrats to our international winners


The Chicago Dental Society congratulates Brian Thomason, of Dorset, UK, and Gerard Sitbon (below, right), of Paris – both winners of $100 gift cards during the 148th Midwinter Meeting Feb. 21-23.


International raffle winner



Drs. Thomason and Sitbon were among 75 international attendees who visited the International Lounge in the Exhibit Hall. More than 45 members of the Chicago Dental Society responded to an email and volunteered to help out our international attendees. They made available their skills translating in 20 languages; Hebrew, Russian, Hindi, Korean and Greek were among the languages represented.

“We recognize that there is an international presence at this meeting, and we’re trying to do more to be welcoming to these attendees,” said Andrew Browar, chair of CDS’ Ad Hoc Global Marketing Committee. “We are so grateful for the great response we had from our members.” 


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Permanent link  Don't forget to download your CE verification


If you did not download your CE verification certificate while you were at McCormick Place for the Midwinter Meeting, you can do so online. MWM attendees can download their CE credits from paid courses and those F Courses for which they registered for free of charge through Dec. 31, 2013. You will need your course numbers, CE codes and your eight-digit convention number (Example: 123456/12, found on your registration badge). There will be a $25 charge for this service for prior MWM conventions per convention year.  

CDS is not responsible for tracking CE for its convention attendees, nor does the Chicago Dental Society keep attendance records. 


Permanent link  Register today for the Sept. 25 CDS Virtual Reality Meeting


CDS proudly offers a dynamic online learning experience for your whole dental team.

Invite your staff! Register today for the Sept. 25 Virtual Reality Meeting. We offer five courses from distinguished leaders in dental education, beginning at 9 a.m. (CST).

Earn LIVE CE credits when you attend the day of the presentation. Or view sessions on demand at your convenience to earn SELF-STUDY CE credits. Attend on the day of the presentation for a chance to WIN PRIZES!

Our presenters include: 

  • Richard Sullivan, DDS: Implants (sponsored by Nobel Biocare)
  • Anthony Cardoza, DDS: Lasers (sponsored by Technology 4 Medicine)
  • Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA: Dental Assisting
  • Kirk Behrendt: Practice Management
  • Doreen Johnson, RDH, MA: Non-Surgical Periodontal Anesthesia Options (sponsored by Dentsply Professional)

A complete list of programs and exhibitors will be announced online later this spring.

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Permanent link  New Dentist Reception brings together young professionals


Nearly 200 new dentists gathered at the close of business Friday for laughter, conversation and cocktails – all in celebration of the 148th Midwinter Meeting. The New Dentist Reception allowed old friends to reconnect, and new friendships to take root.
“We’re growing the new dentists’ network,” said Jill McMahon, a Southern Illinois University grad who has been in practice for five years. “There’s a lot of people here that I don’t recognize. It will be a good night to meet new people.”
Kajal Patel, a 2012 graduate from New York, attended for the same reason. “It seemed like a great networking event, a way to meet people who are in the same place in their lives that I am.”
The New Dentist Reception had long been a Midwinter Meeting staple, until the host restaurant shut down in 2007. The Chicago Dental Society Membership Committee brought it out of hiatus and relocated it to the McCormick Place campus in time for the 2013 Midwinter Meeting. Aspen Dental; Central Data Storage; Netsertive, Inc.; and Southpoint Insurance Agency sponsored the event.
Dr. Patel especially appreciated the opportunity to network in person, and in friendly environment.
“There are lots of opportunities online, but it’s nice to do something more personal and actually interact live.”
Texas dentists Chung-Lei Kao and Molie Xu were eager to meet up with their classmates from Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Kao posted on her Facebook page that she purchased tickets when she registered for the Midwinter Meeting, and many of her classmates responded that they would meet her there.
“This is great place for a group to get together to meet and catch up,” she said.
Connie Hunt, of Indianapolis, and Danielle Smart, of Maryland, did just that at the New Dentist Reception. They got to be friends while during their residencies at Nashville’s Meharry Medical College.
“We’ve been at the conference all day. Why not stay and be social and have a few appetizers?” Dr. Hunt said.
Find photos from the New Dentist Reception on Flickr.


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Permanent link  Faces of the 148th Midwinter Meeting


We’ve wrapped up day two of the 148th Midwinter Meeting, and people are starting to file out of McCormick Place to hit the town. We saw a lot of happy faces today, and it wouldn’t be fair if we kept them to ourselves. So, we say goodnight by sharing with you the faces of Midwinter:

Faces of Midwinter


Permanent link  Dentistry Under the Microscope


The CDS blogging team met up with Dr. Norman Coates from St. Paul, MN as he exited “The Microscope in Everyday Dentistry” seminar. Today marks Dr. Coates’ 15th Midwinter meeting. 

Dr. Coates said there are many opportunities to learn at CDS through seminars and visiting different exhibits, and to make the most of Midwinter, it’s important to do your research and planning in advance.


Permanent link  What We've Captured at Midwinter


Take a look at what we’ve captured so far in Exhibit Hall, and make sure to continue sharing your photos with us on Twitter using the Midwinter hashtag (#CDS13):


Permanent link  15 Years of Dental Flair and Memories


 Trade Flair

CDS Communications Committee Chair Dr. Kimberley Bolden (right) and CDS Member Dr. Melanie Watson-Montgomery (left) showoff their dental tradeshow flair. Over the past 15 years, both ladies have traveled to at least two shows every year.

They say the Midwinter Meeting is their favorite because of its commitment to great hospitality, networking opportunities and the ability to connect with friends from as far as California.



Permanent link  Midwinter Keeps You In The Know


Early this afternoon, the blogging team ran into Dr. Robert Haraden, a dentist, Midwinter Meeting fanatic and vendor. Dr. Haraden encourages his entire staff to attend CDS’ Midwinter Meeting. This year, ten of his fourteen employees are attending classes, visiting exhibitors and taking part in networking events. Haraden says they can always count on learning new things at the Midwinter Meeting. Attending helps them stay up-to-date on the latest products and technologies.

“I tell my staff that they need to be approachable and knowledgeable, and that’s what you get here (Midwinter)," said Haraden. "That’s what makes you more valuable.” 

Every Monday following Midwinter, Haraden and his staff meet to talk about their key learnings and brainstorm ways to apply their new knowledge.

Stop by booth #945 to meet the doctor and his team!

Dr. Robert Haraden


Permanent link  Attendees Share their Experience at MWM


Our blogging team met up with Midwinter Meeting veterans Tammy Juntunen and Linda Bugos-Noble. Watch as these two Chicago area hygienists share their favorite CDS experiences with us. 


Permanent link  Midwinter Is A Kid At Heart


Midwinter has you and your young patients covered. Check out this dinosaur dental chair and these angry birds tooth brushes. Even your adult patients will find these items fun. 

MWM for Kids

Do you do anything special for the young ones at your office?


Permanent link  Freshen Up After Your Morning Coffee


Finished with your morning coffee? Swing by the Crest Oral-B booth (#605) to freshen up and receive your free toothbrush and floss.


If electic is more your speed, swing by Waterpik's booth [1611] and receive a Sonic electric toothbrush after listening to a seven minute presentation on water flossing.


Permanent link  Day Two of Midwinter is in Full Force


Welcome to day two of the Midwinter Meeting! As of yesterday afternoon, nearly 29,000 dental professionals walked through the doors of McCormick Place, and there was no shortage of things to do. 

This year's conference welcomes more than 600 exhibitors - including 113 first time Midwinter exhibitors. With so much to see, we're sure you're ready to start exploring again. Make sure to share your pictures and activity with us on Twitter and Facebook, and stay connected with the Open Wide blog as we provide live updates from the floor. 

Keep smiling - we're just getting started.



Permanent link  Day one at a glance


Here's a quick peek at what we saw on day one of the 148th Midwinter Meeting:

 Day one at a glance


Permanent link  Day One of the 148th Midwinter Meeting Comes to a Close


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Day one of the 148th Midwinter Meeting has come to a close, but there’s still much more to come. Check out a recap of today's events by exploring this year's Midwinter hashtag (#CDS13) and make sure to continue following us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates throughout Midwinter. See you tomorrow!


Permanent link  CDS Chats Extraoral Imaging With Planmeca


The CDS blog team dropped by the Planmeca booth (#2202) to learn about the Promax® S3. 

Joe Bell from Planmeca chats about the Promax® S3 and it’s unique ability to take all routine x-rays extraorally.


Permanent link  Going Green in the Dental Office



Going green and ecofriendly products are becoming increasingly popular, even dental offices are catching on!

We sat down with BeeSure, a California based dental disposables company and learned about their efforts to minimize adverse impact on the environment. BeeSure can provide your office with more ecofriendly exam gloves, face masks, sterilization pouches, cotton rolls and more.

Learn more and stop by booth #1434 or visit


Permanent link  Be all you can be in the US Army Dental Corps


Staff Sergeant Anuar Kiuhan offers a quick overview of the US Army Dental Corps.

Visit booth 1947 for more info, or shoot him an email at 



Permanent link  Single Visits to the Dentist Becoming the Norm


Dental technology is keeping up with the busy lives of dentists and their patients. Gone are the days of multiple office visits to have a single crown fashioned and fitted. Today, with new CAD/CAM cameras, Sirona is helping single visits become the new norm.

We got the full rundown from Michael Den Braber at Patterson Dental (booth #1016) about the new Sirona CEREC Omnicam, which was released in August. Its slim rounded tube allows for easy rotation of the camera in the intraoral space. It’s also designed to work in conjunction with Galileos equipment.

Watch as Michael explains how quickly the crown can be made with CEREC technology, saving both time and money for dentists and patients.



Permanent link  Oral Cancer Screening at Midwinter


One person dies every hour of every day from oral cancer. As oral cancer becomes more prevalent, dentists are turning to Henry Schien Dental and other companies for top of the line oral cancer screening equipment. We spoke with Jeff Newton from Henry Schien to learn more about their product, the Identafi by DentalEZ, and how important oral caner screening is for patients.

Watch how the intraoral equipment gives a more accurate, fast screening and makes the processes easy for the patient.  


Permanent link  The 148th Midwinter Meeting is in Full Swing


 Exhibit Floor

The doors are open at McCormick Place, and thousands of dental professionals have started pouring into Exhibit Hall.

Stay connected with CDS on the Open Wide blog, Facebook and Twitter for live updates from the floor. 




Permanent link  CDS Releases New Report on Access to Oral Care in Chicago Region


The Chicago area has experienced a slow decay of oral health for the financially distressed. The Chicago Dental Society tackles this important issue with Broken Smiles: Restoring Access to Care in Chicago and Cook County, a new white paper published today as part of the Midwinter Meeting kick off.

Today'sChicago Tribune highlights the study's key findings and quotes member dentists Dr. Susan Doroshow, CDS Secretary and Dr. Michael Santucci, Chair of CDS Access to Care Committee. Download the report and share our infographics with key statistics.


Permanent link  The modern dentist: just a tweet, like, email or text away


With all the advancements in dental technology (see our recent post highlighting new products at Midwinter), we’re witnessing an evolving digital age, and that speaks to more than just what’s happening inside the dental studio. Dentists are now embracing digital means to connect with their patients outside of the office.

As part of our 2013 annual member dentist survey, we asked dentists to share their digital habits, as it relates to communicating with patients, and social media activity. 


  • Dental texts: A third of the dentists surveyed said they communicate with their patients via text. 46 percent said they communicate via email. 
  • Dentists go social: Over a third of the dentists surveyed said their practice is currently on Facebook, while 55 percent said they have a personal Facebook account.
  • Practicing the web: 60 percent of dentists said that their practice has a website. 
  • Digital calendar: Nearly 20 percent of dentists offer patients the opportunity to schedule an appointment via their practice’s website.
  • Electronic payments: 18 percent of dentists allow patients to pay their dental bills online.



Permanent link  Elementary Students Carie Biggest Burden


February marks National Children's Dental Health Month, and we pay special attention to raising awareness and educating families on the importance of children’s oral health. To learn more, we asked dentists in our annual survey to weigh in.

According to the survey, preadolescent (preschool and elementary students) are most likely to get cavities. Why does this age-group struggle when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle? 60 percent of dentists said it’s due to a high consumption of sugar, juice and soda. 

In addition, as a recent Chicago Tribune story reported, most parents wait too long to schedule their child’s first visit to the dentist. In fact, “Illinois children had their first dental visit more than two years later than dentists recommended in 2012,” according to the story.

Unfortunately, these unhealthy habits don’t appear to be going away. Over a third of our dentists said they have seen an increase in cavities among child patients. To help break this cycle, click here for healthy tips from a past member dentist survey:

Visit the CDS Foundation’s Healthy Kids Brush Up! page to learn how you can help educate students.



Permanent link  Back to the Future on the Latest Technology for your Practice


With over 600 exhibitors (113 of which are new to Midwinter) at this year’s conference, there’s plenty of discovering to do in the Exhibit Hall.

Start preparing your itinerary using the new 2013 Midwinter Meeting interactive app (click to download), which allows you to search exhibitors by name, product type and category. To get you started, here’s a sneak peek at some of the products available this year:

TheraCal® LC: Light-cured, resin-modified calcium silicate filled liner designed for use in direct and indirect pulp capping and as a protective liner under composites, amalgams, cements, and other base materials. 

Where to find it: Bisco Dental Products – Booth #4213

Learn more:

The iChiropro: The first implant motor controlled by an iPad, offering the complete pre-programmed operating sequences from the largest implant manufacturers. 

Where to find it: Bien-Air Dental – Booth #4601

Visit the Bien-Air booth for a free demo and be entered for a chance to win a free iPad!

Learn More:

Waterpik Complete Care: Combines superior Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush technologies in one product and is up to 70% more effective than Sonicare® FlexCare. 

Where to find it: Waterpik – Booth #1611

Learn more:

Want more? Check out the CDS Exhibitor Sneak Peak photo album on Facebook.


Permanent link  From fangs to bling, dentists reveal oddest patient requests


As part of our 2012 annual member dentist survey, we asked which cosmetic procedure is most requested by patients. To little surprise, whitening ranks number one according to more than 75 percent of the 220 dentists surveyed.


When asked what the strangest cosmetic procedure a patient has requested, the results were a little more interesting.


Here are the top five strangest requests:


5.  Dental bling: Over half of the dentists surveyed said they’ve received requests for dental “bling,” including gold/silver crowns, diamonds, rubies and/or jewels. 


4.  Pull them all: One dentist was asked for a full extraction and dentures in order to avoid brushing and flossing.


3.  Dental ink: Three percent of dentists have received requests for tattoos on the inner lip or an individual tooth.


2.  Tongue makeover: Two dentists received patient requests to have their tongues reshaped.


1.  Vampire-like chops: Four percent of dentists have received requests for vampire-like fangs.



Permanent link  10 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss the 2013 Midwinter Meeting


There are countless reasons why you wouldn’t want to miss three days of the best lecturers, courses and exhibits the dental community has to offer. In no particular order, we’ve listed our top ten:
1.Access the Exhibit Hall and more than 600 exhibitors, 113 of which are new to Midwinter
2.Choose from 221 offered courses, more than 50 percent of which are at no additional cost
3.Attend presentations by 118 of the finest speakers dentistry has to offer
4.Enjoy the return of the New Dentists Reception
5.Interact with the new 2013 Midwinter Meeting mobile app
6.Experience Live TV for three patient-based lectures
7.Earn one CE credit per day by visiting the exhibit floor
8.Sign up for a health screening, provided by BlueApple Health
10.Mix and mingle at the President’s Dinner Dance
Stay connected to everything Midwinter with live posts on our blog along with conversations and photos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. And don't forget that you can see pictures and read recaps of anything you might have missed during the Midwinter Meeting in the Daily Review, available on site and through the CDS Mobile App. 


Permanent link  IL Gov. proclaims February is Gum Disease Awareness Month


It’s official: Governor Pat Quinn has signed a proclamation to recognize this month — February 2013 — as Gum Disease Awareness Month in Illinois.

Gum disease is one of the most common diseases in the United States – more prevalent than cancer, heart disease and arthritis. The consequences can be serious, but the condition can be treated in every patient. Treatment options range from regular check-ups to conventional gum surgery or laser surgery.

Mounting university research links gum disease to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pre-term and still births and certain cancers. Over 85 percent of Americans adults have some degree of gum disease, but fewer than half are diagnosed. Often symptoms of gum disease are ignored until the disease is in advanced stages, when tooth loss is common.

Illinois has adopted Gum Disease Awareness Month in order to educate residents about widespread health threat of gum disease and the importance of prevention and treatment. With a key message of encouragement to take an active role in preventing gum disease, recognizing risk factors, getting diagnosed and seeking treatment, the initiative is lead by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, a non-profit educational and research center dedicated to providing evidence-based clinical training in laser dentistry therapies.

To learn more visit or join the movement at and



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Permanent link  Dental records are needed to identify a fire victim


At the request of the Wisconsin Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society is asking local dentists to help identify a body. The victim is believed to be a past resident of Lincoln Park.

Following is a note we received from the Wisconsin Dental Association this morning:

This morning I was contacted by the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department.  Det. Patti Crump is looking for dental records to be used to confirm the identification of a burned body that was found outside of a burnt down house.  They believe the body to be that of Maureen A. Martin, Date of Birth 8-31-46.  Ms. Martin was originally from Lincoln Park.

If Ms. Martin was a patient of yours at any time and you have dental records that could be used to assist in positive identification, please contact Det. Crum at 920.294.4000.

Thanks for your help.




Permanent link  Explore the Midwinter Meeting App today


Nearly 700 Midwinter Meeting attendees have already downloaded our 2013 Midwinter Meeting App. It’s free, and currently available for all smartphones and tablets.

If you’ve already downloaded it (and deleted the old App, with its gray icon), we hope you’ll spend some time this weekend playing around with its features. We know at least one attendee already has. 

CDS staff received this question from an attendee this week:

I've had the app for a while.  It seems to do nothing for me....When selecting "your courses" nothing but the calendar appears.  Shouldn't my registered courses appear?

If you’re finding the same thing, don’t despair. The courses you have tickets for will not automatically appear in your App because the Midwinter Meeting mobile App isn’t linked to our registration system. Attendees must search in the App for the courses they plan to attend (search by day, topic or speaker) and tap on the flag to the right of the course title. A red flag will make the course appear in your calendar in the App.

Do this now (say, between commercials during Sunday’s football game) to save time and frustration during the Midwinter Meeting. Upon arriving, you’ll be able to tap “Your Favorites” and “Your Course Schedule” to quickly find the times and locations of your chosen destinations.

See you at McCormick Place West! 


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