I received a link to this video from one our members, with the
enthusiastic note, "Way too cool!!!!!!!!!! A lesson in how bonding
This video reveals the structure of a tooth all the way to its
CDS received this obituary from the University of Illinois College
of Dentistry. Dr. Driskell is pictured on the right with his wife,
Naomi, in an undated photo.
Dr. Claude E. Driskell, a premier expert on the history of
African-American dentists, particularly in Chicago, and who
practiced dentistry in Chicago's Roseland community for 55 years,
died on May 23 at age 83.
Born in Chicago on Jan. 13, 1926, Claude Evans Driskell was a
decorated World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He earned a
Bachelor of Science degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago in
1950 before entering the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
College of Dentistry, where he earned his DDS degree in 1954.
Dr. Driskell served as a dental journalist for and served a term as
President of the Lincoln Dental Society (LDS), the largest
African-American dental society in Illinois, and also was a dental
journalist for the National Dental Association (NDA), the largest
African-American dental association in the United States. He earned
numerous citations and awards from the LDS and NDA for excellence
in dental journalism.
He served as editor of the LDS publication from 1966 to 1980,
Assistant Director of Publicity for the NDA from 1969 to 1972,
Director of Publicity for the NDA in 1972, and Assistant Editor of
the NDA Journal from 1976 to 1982. Dr. Driskell was the author of
the book The History of Chicago Black Dental Professionals,
Dr. Driskell wrote four chapters in the book Essays on Earl Renfroe-A Man of
Firsts, which was published in 2001. The book is a biography
of Dr. Earl W. Renfroe, a world-renowned orthodontist who was the
first African-American Department Head at the UIC College of
Dentistry. The book won an international Apex Award for
Publications Excellence from Communications Concepts, a writing and
publishing think-tank based outside Washington, DC.
"Dr. Driskell did this work while continuing to practice dentistry
full time," noted Dr. Richard Perry, former President of the
Illinois State Dental Society. "I think that's a great example of
school spirit-sacrificing personal time for the good of the
"Grateful for the work that Dr. Driskell and others had put into
Essays on Earl Renfroe,
the Renfroe family established an endowed scholarship that will
provide funding for minority students at the College in
perpetuity," said UIC College of Dentistry Assistant Dean for
Advancement and Alumni Affairs Mark J. Valentino.
A dental consultant and supervising dentist of the Dental Hygienist
Supportive Health Service of the Chicago Board of Education in the
mid-1970s, Dr. Driskell also was instrumental in the fight to
obtain dental insurance for Chicago teachers. In the early 1970s,
he served as faculty member at Chicago State University and the
Illinois Institute of Technology. He also served as Attending
Dental Surgeon at the Department of Stomatology at Michigan Avenue
Hospital in the 1960s.
A member of the Original Forty Club, a prominent African-American
professionals' organization, Dr. Driskell served as the
organization's historian and was the author of the club's 75th
anniversary book. He also was a Fellow in the Academy of General
Dentistry and the Academy of the International Biographical
At the UIC College of Dentistry, he served as an advisor to the
Dean's Committee on Black Students in the early 1970s..
Dr. Driskell is survived by his wife, Naomi Roberts Driskell,
daughter of Bishop William Roberts, founder of the Church of God in
Christ in Illinois, whom he married in 1953. They had five adult
children: Yvette Russell, wife of Al; Isaiah, husband of Barbara;
Ruth Davis, wife of Fredric; Reginald, husband of Gale; and Elaine
Chenier-Johnson, wife of Melvin. He also is survived by nine
grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and
his sister, Helen Driskell-Evans.
Dr. Driskell lived in the South Shore community of Chicago's South
Side. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery in Chicago.
The American Dental Association has a new patient
resource for obtaining dental care outside the United
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It is good that Invisalign is trying to ensure quality treatment for their clients, but they are taking a huge risk in losing marktshare.<br />Dental Thornhill<br />http://www.bcdentalcare.ca
Posted by: Dr. David Cheng (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011
Several members have contacted CDS recently about the
proliferation of tooth whitening kiosks at malls, spas and even the
airport. We just wanted to pass along that Senate Bill 290, now
awaiting the governor's signature, amends the dental practice act
"Provides that a person practices
dentistry, within the meaning of the Act, who takes impressions of
human teeth or places his or her hands in the mouth of any person
for the purpose of (i) applying teeth whitening materials or (ii)
assisting in the application of teeth whitening materials. Provides
that a person does not practice dentistry when he or she (i)
discusses the use of teeth whitening materials with a consumer
purchasing these materials, (ii) provides instruction on the use of
teeth whitening materials with a consumer purchasing these
materials, or (iii) provides appropriate equipment on-site to the
consumer for the consumer to self-apply teeth whitening
You can also track the
status of this bill
at the Illinois General Assembly's
Unfortunately, these individuals do no properly represent dental professionals. The quality of the treatment and safety of the patient is in question.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.bcdentalcare.ca" rel="nofollow">Dental Thornhill</a>
Posted by: Dr. David Cheng (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011
These places will find a way around this bill. They already don't place their hands in the patient's mouth, but rather instruct the patient in how to do it. The real problem is that the poor patient thinks these people are real dental professionals. <br /><br />Who is going to police this act if it is passed? There are tanning salons and other places that are doing this that will be a lot harder to police than an open place like a mall.
Posted by: Anonymous (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011
A few years ago, I joined a Chicago area parents group
with an active online member forum. Members trade info, referrals
and even share horror stories. And at least once a month, someone
asks, "Who's a good dentist to see in XYZ neighborhood?" Discussion
I always thought it was too bad for the dentist that there was no
way to know about these discussions without being a member of the
community. However, there is now an online tool that helps you find
out what people in online message boards are saying about
is a search engine for Web message boards and forums. I recommend
using advanced search with your name, along with "dentist" (or your
relevant speciality). You can set time parameter--opting to see
everything Boardreader can
find or just posts occurring within the last month.
Create an account in Boardreader and they will send
you alerts when your search terms come up. Using a tool like
iGoogle, you can subscribe to alerts as a feed and have a
one-page place to check all online mentions.
If you're interested in digging deeper, Carie Lewis of the Humane Society gives
a great overview of how to use Boardreader and other free
online tools with
iGoogle for social media monitoring.
Thanks for making this tool known.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.bcdentalcare.ca" rel="nofollow">Dental Thornhill</a>
Posted by: Dr. David Cheng (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011
Editor emeritus of the CDS Review and World War II
veteran Grant A. MacLean died June 6 in Sun City, AZ. He was
A respected dentist and editor, Dr. MacLean led the transition from
the Fortnightly Review to
the CDS Review in 1973,
and was repeatedly honored for his efforts.
The late Karl Richardson said of Dr. MacLean upon his retirement in
A retrospective study of Grant's editorials over the
past dozen years is an amply rewarding experience in sound comment
on, shrewd analysis of, and vigorous advice and guidance to
organized dentistry. Grant's record is evident and eloquent. To
have so highly merited the acclaim and recognition of his
colleagues in dental journalism and his many readers is certainly
an achievement of which any editor would be proud.
Dr. MacLean was born in Detroit but raised in Evanston, and
graduated from Illinois State University. He married in 1942 and
shortly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps; he served in World War
II, including two years in the South Pacific. His first Marine
division landed on Guadalcanal.
Upon returning to the U.S. in 1945, Dr. MacLean returned to school
for a specialty degree in orthodontics.
Dr. MacLean was appointed editor of the Fortnightly Review in 1972
and lead the staff through a redesign when they renamed and
relaunched their publication as the CDS Review in 1973. During Dr.
MacLean's 12-year tenure, he and the magazine were honored with
- The 1974 Golden Scroll Award for improvements in the format,
layout and overall appearance of the CDS Review;
- The 1976 Golden Pen Award for an article about Dr. Robert
- A 1977 Special Citation for an outstanding collection of
- A 1978 Honorable Mention for the Golden Pen Award; and
- The 1979 Golden Scroll Award for outstanding cover design.
Lamacki said Dr. MacLean made many contributions to the profession
and dental journalism, adding that Dr. MacLean was "a true
old-world style gentleman at all times."
While serving as editor, Dr. MacLean was also president of the
Illinois State Dental Society in 1977. Dr. MacLean was also active
with other CDS activities, including the first Children's Dental
Health Day, when more than 12,000 people received care at McCormick
Place, and the launch of closed circuit television at the Midwinter
Dr. MacLean retired to Arizona in 1983.
He is survived by his wife of seven years, Peggy; sons, Rev. Grant
A. (Carol) MacLean, Jr. and Craig (Annette) MacLean; step-children,
Debby (William) Radio, Susan (Ronald) Hendee and John (Melissa)
Scott; sister, Sarah Jane MacLean; brother, James MacLean, Donald
MacLean, 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held June 17 at the Congregational Church of
The CDS Review is looking for story ideas that could be featured
in an upcoming issue. Past issues have concentrated on networking,
what are your patients saying about you online?, and emerging
technology. Leave a comment telling us what YOU would like to read
about or e-mail jbrown at cds dot org.
The American Dental Association passed the following information
along to state and component societies about the newly signed
legislation in Minnesota creating a dental therapist.
After completing a bachelor's degree program, the dental therapist
will be able to practice in underserved location and and perform
procedures, including restorations and primary extractions with the
indirect supervision of a dentist.
Below are answers to some of the commonly asked questions as
provided by the ADA's State Government Affairs Department.
The Minnesota Dental Association has also created a
catalog of links to news coverage on this legislation.
Q: How did this happen?
A: Two years ago proponents of the American Dental Hygiene
Associations' Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP)
introduced legislation to create that position in Minnesota. As
designed, the model provides for the ADHP to perform surgery
without a dentist being on-site and with virtually no
The legislation gained momentum in the Senate, but an aggressive
media and lobbying effort by the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA)
stalled it in the House. The MDA strove to educate lawmakers about
the shortcomings of the ADHP model. MDA built a coalition of oral
healthcare providers to oppose the legislation and mobilized dental
students and others to testify in hearings as well as attend
lawmakers' local meetings to speak out on the ADHP issue.
A number of former hygienists who now are dental students were
particularly effective in speaking to the dramatic differences
between dental and dental hygiene education and training. To help
shape communications efforts around these issues, the ADA conducted
extensive qualitative and quantitative opinion research.
MDA offered a variety of more realistic proposals to improve access
to care, including the Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC)
as a more integrated member of the dental team and an alternative
to the ADHP. Ultimately, the MDA and its allies created enough
controversy to scale back the legislation dramatically to the
creation of a task force charged with making recommendations about
an Oral Health Practitioner (OHP) for the legislature to consider
in 2009. However, even this legislation was a turning point-the
question was no longer whether to create midlevel providers, but
rather how to do so.
The task force included representatives from the MDA, the
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities, the Minnesota Dental Hygienists
Association, the Minnesota Board of Dental Examiners and the Safety
Net Coalition (SNC).
Unfortunately, the task force was unable to reach consensus. With
the political and legal wind assuring the creation of a mid-level
provider, the MDA put its efforts into ensuring patient safety and
keeping the dentist as the head of the dental team. The state
society made the difficult decision to endorse the alternative
model proposed by the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
The dental school's plan provided for an integrated member of the
dental team, educated in an accredited dental school, working with
the supervision of a dentist. Any procedure permitted in the
therapist's scope would be taught to the same standard as a
The OHP Task Force narrowly approved recommendations that closely
mirrored the ADHP design, and sent its report to the legislature.
The MDA, the dental school and others offered alternative reports
and findings that staked out the principles of one standard of
education, patient safety and an integrated dental team as opposed
to the fractured model offered by ADHP or OHP.
With the start of the 2009 legislative session both the OHP and
dental therapist models garnered legislative support. Looking to
avoid conflict, legislators put both provisions into the same bills
and appeared poised to pass them both. With that prospect, MDA
undertook a print, radio and web ad campaign with support from the
ADA State Public Affairs program to raise public and policymaker
awareness about the lack of supervision and varying standards of
education that led to patient safety concerns in the OHP model. In
the wake of that campaign, the Senate considered an MDA-supported
amendment to remove the OHP scope, supervision and education
requirements and replace them with those of the dental therapist.
While that amendment failed by a single vote, it was a far closer
outcome than anyone had predicted and provided real momentum
heading into the House of Representatives.
In the end, the House the Speaker decided to direct a negotiated
settlement. Ultimately the result of that process very closely
tracked the School of Dentistry model and the MDA principles.
Q: What exactly will the dental
therapist do, and under what level of supervision?
A: The basic dental therapist will qualify for licensure upon
graduation from a Bachelor's degree dental therapy program. The
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has stated that it will
offer the program as of September 2009, but other institutions may
develop them as well. A concern is that the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU) which had originally
agreed to host the ADHP program is exploring advanced placement for
dental hygienists with a Bachelor's degree in their version of the
dental therapy program (Bachelor's level). The extent, to which the
Dental Board will authorize that process without placing the
program at risk of not being approved by the Board, remains to be
The Dental Board will grant a therapist license to a candidate who
has successfully completed the program and passed a clinical exam,
The therapist will work in a dental office with the indirect
(on-site) supervision of a dentist, and will be able to provide a
range of dental services for the underserved including restorations
and extraction of primary teeth.
The supervising dentist must authorize any surgical procedures
before treatment may commence. Further, the supervising doctor will
be on site to deal with any complications or emergencies.
After practicing as a dental therapist for at least 2000 hours, a
candidate may choose to pursue a two-year Master's degree in
advanced dental therapy. Upon successfully completing that program
and passing a clinical exam, an advanced therapist could practice
in a separate site from the supervising dentist. However, any
surgical procedure would still have to be specifically approved and
authorized by the dentist prior to treatment. The advanced
therapist also could extract permanent teeth with a mobility factor
of +3 to +4, but only with preauthorization from the supervising
dentist. By retaining a level of supervision by the dentist, the
MDA has to the extent possible kept the dental team intact, with
the dentist as the comprehensive leader of that team.
The law requires the dental board to report to the legislature in
2014 about the safety of dental therapists, the cost-effectiveness
of the program and its impact on access to dental care.
Q: What about dental
A: The dental therapist program excludes much of the dental hygiene
scope of practice. Dental therapists will not perform prophys. The
skill set required for a dental therapist is different than that of
a dental hygienist.
Claims that the dental therapist law is a breakthrough for
proponents of the ADHP model are overstated, to say the least. To
become a basic dental therapist one must complete a dental therapy
Bachelor's degree. Whether one holds a degree or license in another
allied dental profession does not matter. Without the dental
therapy degree, one cannot be licensed and cannot practice as a
dental therapist. The requirements for admission to the Master's
level program are completion of the Bachelor's level therapist
program and at least 2,000 hours of practice as a therapist. While
someone holding a different type of allied dental professional
degree will be free to apply and enroll in either dental therapy
program, they will have to complete the appropriate dental therapy
degree to practice as a therapist.
Q: How will dental therapists be
limited to caring for the underserved?
A: The law sets strict guidelines for the patient base therapists
can serve and the areas in which they can practice,
- Critical access dental clinics (which are operated by dentists
who receive enhanced reimbursement from Medicaid because they treat
a high volume of Medicaid patients);
- The usual assisted living facilities, FQHCs, etc.;
- A collaborative hygiene setting (although this would only apply
to an advanced therapist, because a basic therapist could not
perform surgical procedures with no supervising dentist on the
- Military and VA facilities;
- Dental or dental therapy schools; and
- Any other setting where at least 50 percent of the therapist's
patients are among the following groups:
- Enrollees of a state publicly funded health care program,
- Having no private or public dental coverage and are at 200
percent FPL or below; or
- The patients or practice is in a designated DHPSA.
access to care
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Posted by: Brian (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011
Great article by Sara Zarbock this morning in the Journal of the American Academy of
Physician Assistants, in which she urges better
collaboration between the medical and dental fields:
[Physician assistants] can have a major impact on the
oral health of their patients. If you haven't already, get to know
your local dentists and explore ways to develop partnerships.
Become more knowledgeable about the relationship of diseases of the
mouth to systemic disease. Be a voice for the importance of dental
insurance coverage, especially for children. Include, as part of
your early intervention efforts, counseling families, identifying
high-risk children, and initiating timely dental referrals.
Finally, ask yourself this question: "When was the last time I went
to the dentist?"
Slate reporter June Thomas
blogs about Sonia Sotamayor's $15,000 bill for her dentist.
While some members of the media have been atwitter over this
expense, Thomas suggests the only thing unusual is that Sotomayor's
dentist allowed her to run up a tab:
[I]t's pretty easy to spend $15,000 on dental
treatment. Dental plans generally cover between 50 percent to 80
percent of restorative treatments (crowns, etc.), and most plans
have an annual reimbursement cap of around $1,500-$2,000. If you
need something more than a cleaning or a filling, you're going to
be digging into your own pocket, whatever kind of coverage you
have....If there's anything surprising here, it's that the dentist
allowed Sotomayor to run a tab that big. Most practices would
require cash-or credit card-on the nail. So
Base blog has come up with a list of the best tweets posted
during the California Dental Association's recent conference in
Anaheim. Without a doubt the most interesting one was:
If you're curious about Twitter and whether it
could be of benefit to your professionally or personally, stay
tuned. I've had so many inquiries from members about the service
that I am working on an overview of Twitter for dentists.
Trade Show Week has released
its annual directory of the top 200 tradeshows in the country and
the Chicago Dental Society's Midwinter Meeting is again included,
coming in at number 172. (Rankings are based based on net square
feet of paid exhibit space.)
Check out the new ADA banners lining the streets of
Streeterville. The ADA has a special page for its
sesquicentennial celebration that includes all the events they
have planned for the year.