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Permanent link  Join us at Shakespeare on the Pier


The Chicago Dental Society recently announced plans for the final 2013 Special Event, Shakespeare on the Pier: A live production of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac at the Shakespeare Theater, preceded by a private cocktail reception on Navy Pier Sunday, Oct. 13.

Join your colleagues at Riva, 700 E. Grand Avenue, beginning at 12:30 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The reception closes an hour later, giving everyone plenty of time to find thier seats at the Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Avenue, for the 2 p.m. performance.

Cyrano de Bergerac is a nobleman whose gift for romance is shadowed by his all-too-prominent nose. And the language he employs is nothing short of spectacular:  

  • "My wit is more polished than your mustache. The truth which I speak strikes more sparks from men's hearts than your spurs do from the cobblestones." 
  • "God's whiskers! Your face is hideous as the demon's in my storybook!" 
  • "You're a genuinely good man. There aren't many of you left." 
  • "And what is a kiss, specifically? A pledge properly sealed, a promise seasoned to taste, a vow stamped with the immediacy of a lip, a rosy circle drawn around the verb 'to love.' A kiss is a message too intimate for the ear, infinity captured in the bee's brief visit to a flower, secular communication with an aftertaste of heaven, the pulse rising from the heart to utter its name on a lover's lip: 'Forever.'" 

 And this blogger’s personal favorite: "I would die at the stake rather than change a semi-colon!"

CDS President David Fulton Jr. selected a production at the Shakespeare Theater specifically to recreate the magic of the 2013 Midwinter Meeting, which carried the theme of A Midwinter Night’s Dream.

“It’s time we come full circle with my Shakespearean Dream theme and there is no better way then experiencing live theater first-hand at the gorgeous Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier,” Dr. Fulton said. “I invite everyone out for a beautiful afternoon of cocktails, Cyrano de Bergerac, and an inside look at what helped inspire my ‘Dream.’”

CDS members only may purchase two tickets to this event in the CDS Store.  Seating is limited, so act quickly. Or, as Cyrano said,

"There. There is our soul. The same reed, the same fingers which have piped us into combat, call us softly home, in our thoughts. This is no longer the shrill call to attack, it is every shepherd who ever inhabited our land, whispering his sheep to fold. Listen. It is your hillside, your earth, your forest--your younger brother, suntanned under his red woolen cap. It is the green solitude of nights you spent beside the Sordogne. Listen my countrymen. It is our country calling."






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Permanent link  Be careful of cold cereal's effects on teeth


It’s back to school time – which means that a fast breakfast of cold cereal before a mad dash to the bus stop will return to many of your patients’ routines.
They might be interested to know that a glass of milk after eating sugary cereals may prevent cavities, according to new research from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. The research is published in the July issue of the Journal of The American Dental Association.
Dry ready-to-eat, sugar-added cereals combine refined sugar and starch. When those carbohydrates are consumed, bacteria in the dental plaque on tooth surfaces produce acids, said Christine Wu, professor of pediatric dentistry and director of cariology, who served as principal investigator of the study. Reports have shown that eating carbohydrates four times daily, or in quantities greater than 60 grams per person per day, increases the risk of cavities.
The new study involved 20 adults eating 20 grams of dry Froot Loops cereal, then drinking different beverages: whole milk, 100 percent apple juice, or tap water.
"Our study results show that only milk was able to reduce acidity of dental plaque resulting from consuming sugary Froot Loops," the researchers reported. "We believe that milk helped mitigate the damaging effect of fermentable carbohydrate and overcome the previously lowered plaque pH."
Dr. Wu said many consumers think that since milk is considered to be cavity-fighting, acid production by plaque bacteria can be minimized by mixing it with cereal. However, in an unpublished study in her lab, it was discovered that the combination of Froot Loops and milk became syrupy. Eating cereal combined with milk lowered plaque acidity to levels similar to that obtained after rinsing with a 10 percent sugar solution.


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Permanent link  Get ready for Brush Day


Do you remember the Ad Council? They were responsible for all the Public Service Announcements were remember from childhood:

  • “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,”
  • “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste”
  • and, more recently “I am an American.”

The Ad Council has turned its attention to National Brush Day, which will be celebrated Nov. 1. The day after Halloween will be an ideal time to remind parents and children about the importance of good habits for healthy teeth.

The Ad Council is armed with facts like these: 

  • Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease
  • Less than half of children brush their teeth twice a day
  • In the United States, oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually
  • Dental decay affects 16.5 million children in the United States.

 To combat these trends, the Ad Council is working with the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives to supply parents with simple ways to improve their children’s oral health. They’re the same recommendations you give your own patients about how much toothpaste to use and when to start taking a child to the dentist. But they’ve also built a website. offers a collection of free, two-minute videos— featuring characters from Sesame Street, Cartoon Network and My Kazoo —which kids can watch while brushing. The two-minute clips also help parents easily measure the amount of brushing time that is recommended by leading dental health experts.

Find your child’s favorite character there today.



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