San Mateo County Dental Society | Every Member. Every Day.
Mina R. Desai, DDS President
It's finally summer, my favorite time of the year. I
love having this warm weather where I can visit
the beach, go camping, have a picnic and enjoy
other outings. All these activities really help me
revive myself after the toll dentistry has taken
on me. Although, what has helped me the most is yoga and
meditation. We all have this passion to be that wonderful dentist
and it requires physical and mental strength. This articulate
work, however, can lead us to feel fatigued and exhausted after a
long work day. The flexibility that yoga has instilled in me has
helped me through many of the physical pains my body has
experienced from sitting in a dental chair, bent over, focusing on
a patient for a great amount of time. I've experienced countless
neck and shoulder pains that have lasted for weeks, and the only
Etta L. Kinney, Executive Director
Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H's Medical
Infections of Dental Origin highly attended
presentation at our April 2013 GM meeting
clearly demonstrated – even to a non-clinical
person like me – the critical importance to
patient health of inter-discipline education and open
communication in rendering differential diagnoses; i.e., a
headache may be due to tension and TMJ or it may be due to a
brain infection / lesion. An engaging Q&A, followed by high
meeting evaluation scores were, for me, a wake-up call to the
value of bringing our members opportunities to engage with
medical professionals . Unfortunately, this was easier said than
done. Despite agreement by virtually every medical doctor with
whom I've spoken, I've made no headway with the local AMA to
thing that helped me power through was the passion I have to be a
diligent and thorough dentist.
I realized the true toll this job has had on me last summer, when I
pulled the muscle in my left shoulder. The pain was excruciating and
it left me with countless nights of tears. I realized certain parts of my
body that were constantly working throughout the work day. My
physical therapist had me stop doing certain activities that strained
my shoulder and had me focus on strengthening exercises. Steroid
injections and surgery were the next steps if the pain didn't subside. I
had to change my routine and remove activities that I enjoyed and
looked forward to. The passion I had for dentistry was slowly turning
into bitter feelings and a yearning to stop practicing. I refused to live
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In the meantime… To align curriculum with the national guidelines set
by the Department of Health and Human Services to expand oral
health clinical competency of primary care clinicians, UCSF senior
dental students are guiding medical students on how to incorporate
oral health into the traditional head, eye, ear, nose, and throat exam.
To accomplish this, they teach first-year medical students about oral
health and how to perform screening exams and fluoride varnish
applications. Bottom line, oral health training became a requirement
for UCSF medical students in 2015. I recently learned that one of our
newer members, Dr. Amarilis San Vicente – with whom we've started
a project to develop oral health education materials for members to
use in classroom settings – was a key developer of that UCSF first-year
medical students program training guides.
And then… The San Mateo County Oral Health Coalition's December
strategic planning session follow-up to review the draft plan,
prioritize goals/strategies, and provide input into next steps and
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President’s Message ................................ 1
Ettatorials ................................................ 1
Member News ...................................... 4-5
Memoriam .............................................. 6
Acknowledgments ................................ 7-8
Member Benefits ..................................... 9
Business Member Wall of Fame ............. 11
Member Benefits .............................. 12-13
Community Outreach ............................ 14
Upcoming Events ................................... 16
Event Evaluation Summary .................... 17
Practice Management ............................ 18
Advocacy/Legislative Update ................. 18
Event Reminder ..................................... 20
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with this pain for the rest of my life. It took me about 7 months to finally, completely rid myself of
the pain. That experience empowered me to be more proactive about my physical health so that I
wouldn't be jaded from my passion. I've talked to other dentists who've sold their practice after
such a short time, due to severe neck pain. Often times, treatment and physical therapy do not
help us to completely heal. We dentists need to stay physically fit, if not for our health, then for the
passion of running a successful practice. Doing a few stretches in between patients can make the
difference needed to abstain from neck, back and shoulder pains.
Taking a little time out for yourself can make the biggest difference to how you practice as a
dentist. I enjoy hot yoga, and this stretching in a 110 degrees room temperature for 90 minutes
has helped me cure aching muscles and prevent other injuries that dentistry may cause. We
SMCDS board members are focused on helping members maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle to
keep us involved and goal-oriented. We appreciate feedback and support from all our members,
no matter how small the concern or suggestion.
Being a part of the board can be a great opportunity if you have helpful suggestions to maintain
the drive and passion needed to practice. Becoming a part of the board provides an opportunity to
help grow our community and, in turn, help our members live healthier and happier lifestyles.
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possible champions took place the first week of June. Given the synchronicity of the topic, it is not
surprising I elected to champion via joint task force with MPDS (led by Dr. Jim Stephens) the
Coalition goal to increase our capacity to deliver preventive and restorative oral health services
by bringing dental and medical professionals together to bridge gaps in patient care; i.e.,
exchanging critical information and simple techniques with pediatricians, obgyns, special needs
I share the above in hopes of piquing the interest of those who might relish the challenge of “bridge
building.” Please email email@example.com or call the member line 650.637.1131
Bridging the Dental/Medical Divide
More synchronicity… A local Opthalmologist called wanting to make our dentists aware of a rare
condition he's seen three times in the last year. After obtaining go-ahead on appropriateness of
information from 2010 SMCDS president – Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. Sal Ahani, I share the
following for your edification:
Temporal Arteritis: Jaw Claudication that May Be Confused with TMJ Can Have Dire
Consequences The Wikipedia Article on Temporal Arteritis gives a good summary of the disease.
In my experience, the patients are over 55 - often 70 to 90. They present to the Ophthalmologist
with decreased vision from occlusion of a branch or the entire central retinal artery which means
partial or complete blindness in that eye. These conditions are irreversible in the affected eye but
treatment with steroids is essential to protect the other eye.
Three patients were seen in our office this past year and two had jaw claudication (caused by
involvement of the maxillary artery that supplies the masseter muscle) that may be confused
with TMJ. One patient had been treated by a dentist for several months. The other had been
diagnosed with cervical adenitis by an internist. In any practice these uncommon conditions
may be missed because their rarity leaves them out of the differential diagnosis. If you suspect
Temporal Arteritis, refer the patient to his or her internist or a rheumatologist on an emergency
basis. If they can't be seen by their own physician the same day, the emergency room is
appropriate. Richard Braunstein, MD - Ophthalmologist firstname.lastname@example.org
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San Mateo County Dental Society
240A Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065
Etta L. Kinney
David D. Moore, Sr., DDS
235 North San Mateo Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
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SMCDS members DRS. DICK GREGORY, TANYA MANYAK, and CARLIZA MARCOS were honored
at our March and April general membership meetings where they were presented with plaques
acknowledging them as 2015 recipients of SMCDS 2015 Achievement awards.
DICK GREGORY, DDS – SMCDS member for 22 years was awarded the 2015 GOLDEN TOOTHBRUSH AWARD.
What makes Dick's contribution to the advancement of community dental health outstanding is his persistence
in leadership and commitment to oral health access among the disadvantaged. Dick sold his San Mateo general
dentistry practice of 18 years at the end of 2010 to go into Public Health and Community Dentistry full-time,
leading up to his most recent accomplishment of bringing to fruition
the Apple Tree Dental Center in San Mateo. This facility will provide not
only a location for special needs patients to receive dental treatment
with state-of-the-art equipment, but also mobile capability to bring
high quality dental care to nursing homes and convalescent hospitals
throughout San Mateo County. Among Dick's other accomplishments…
2014 – 2016 CDA Council on Government Affairs & liaison to SMCDS board
2012 – 2015 SMCDS board member, Community Outreach Director,
Delegate to House of Delegates
2012 – 2014 Awarded UCSF Multidisciplinary Geriatric Fellowship in Dentistry
2009 – 2014 Chair - San Mateo County Oral Health Coalition
2008 – 2014 Director - Samaritan House Dental Clinics
2005 – FWD actively involved in community outreach focused on seniors in and out of nursing homes
TANYA MANYAK, DDS - San Mateo general dentist and SMCDS member for 16 years was selected as the 2015
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD recipient. What makes Tanya so extraordinary… When Tanya raises her
hand, you get more than a great dentist, whether it's her husband Gene, her associate Dr. Linda Yip, her office
team, her patients, and/or her local café – somehow, she engages those around her in also giving. Here are
some of the accomplishments that gave rise to Tanya's consideration for this award:
Ø Freedom Day USA - a National Thank You Movement for members of our military, veterans, and reservists –
2 Thursday of September. Tanya has served as Freedom Day USA's California Co-Director since its 2013
inception; her entire office participates each year
Ø Asheville North Carolina Missions of Mercy Dental Clinic 2012 & Peru Medical Mission 2007 - both with husband Gene
Ø Community Service Day in her office: with the help of patients running errands and Mimi's Café providing snacks, the team
provides pro-bono dental treatment to women and children from Battered Women's Shelter and Homeless Network of San
Ø Early Sponsor of San Mateo County
Women's Health Expo
Ø Dental screenings and education at
the Turnbull Academy Health Fair with
associate Dr. Linda Yip
Ø Expanding Horizons Career Fair for
girls and young women at Skyline
College w/Dr. Linda Yip
Ø Thanksgiving Basket Brigade –
Manyak team members have done
this for years
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CARLIZA MARCOS, DDS –San Carlos general dentist and SMCDS member for 10 years was nominated for a
“when does she sleep award.” After due consideration, Carliza was selected as our 2015 BOARD OF
DIRECTORS AWARD recipient for “her perpetually outstanding service and tireless devotion to the ideals of
the dental profession and this society.” Carliza is more than a board ever hopes for in a volunteer, truly
engaged in serving our members, the dental society, and our community - making it all appear to be perfectly
natural, effortless, and rewarding. She is a hard worker, an intelligent and inspiring leader, warm, loving, and
fun to be with. She is a walking-talking demonstration of growth through leadership and radiates the
benefits of VOLUNTEERISM in organized dentistry. A brief history of Carliza's service and devotion:
Ø 2006 – 2011 SMCDS Board of Directors, President 2011 (earned her rep as “one hot Filipina”)
Ø 2007 – 2012 SMCDS Delegate, CDA House of Delegates
Ø 2012 – 2014 CDA Leadership Development Council, Chair 2014
Ø 2013 – 2016 CDA Cares volunteer dentist
Ø 2014 CDA Delegate, ADA House of Delegates
Ø 2014 ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership (selected as 1 of 16 members across the nation)
Ø 2015 – 2017 SMCDS CDA Trustee
Ø Mid-2015, Carliza pled the case to bring CDA Cares to San Mateo County and indeed CDA Foundation agreed to bring it here
April 22-23, 2017
Sedation and Anesthesia for the Dental Office
MICHAEL LAM, M.D.
Board Certi ed Physician Anesthesiologist
MAXIMIZE SAFETY FOR YOUR PATIENTS.
Anesthesia with a secure airway is safer for dental
procedures than any level of sedation delivered with
an “open” or “shared” airway. I always secure and
protect the patient’s airway. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
INCREASE PATIENT COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Your patients can expect to feel and know nothing of
the dental treatment while recovering within minutes.
Patients can “go to sleep” in seconds without needles. xxx
OPTIMIZE OPERATING CONDITIONS.
Your patients will be completely still. You can operate
without interruption and focus entirely on dental
treatment. The only limitation is how
long you want to operate. ............
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We are saddened by the loss of....
Jack S. Prost, DDS – Retired San Mateo General Dentist and SMCDS member for over 50 years - passed
away on April 7. Jack graduated Indiana University 1951, practiced dentistry in New York, and moved to
San Mateo in 1961 where he practiced until 1991. He was an active SMCDS member, serving as Chair on
multiple committees over the years (Auxiliary, Ethics, 24-Hour Service) and received the SMCDS
Distinguished Service Award in 2000.
A Colleague Remembers Jack
Jack had a welcoming smile for patients and volunteers alike at the
Samaritan House Dental Clinic. Together with Dr. Bert Kotin, he led and
guided dental clinicians and volunteers, coordinated donated services from local specialists,
requested donations of supplies, medications, equipment, and hand instruments to provide
emergency and urgent dental services to people in San Mateo who simply needed help and had
nowhere to turn. Jack continued to volunteer at Samaritan House, Life Line, and a senior retirement
home up to a month before passing. He touched a lot of people with his gentleness, his smile, and
his wit. Jack will be greatly missed. Sandra Patron, DDS
Jack's family has requested that donations in his memory be made to the Samaritan House Dental
Clinic in San Mateo: samaritanhousesanmateo.org/how-you-can-help/donate
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2016 marks the anniversary of 13 very loyal SMCDS members having attained the
distinguished status of Life Member across the ADA/CDA/SMCDS tripartite. So what does
Life mean? You must be age 65 and have 30 consecutive years of membership in the
tripartite. If there is a break in membership, you must have 35 total years of membership
with SMCDS and CDA and 40 with ADA. WHY celebrate? Reduced dues …Life Active dues
are reduced by ADA 25%, SMCDS 75%, and CDA 100%. Life Retired dues go to a big fat $0.
As a token of our gratitude and appreciation, we invite life members to join us as our
guest at a general membership meeting – this year the May 19 meeting – where they are
honored in the presence of their peers with a CDA Life Member certificate, ADA Life Member pin, and our
unique SMCDS notepad, multi-function pen, hugs & kisses personally delivered by you-know-who, not to mention social hour, hot
hors d'oeuvres, dinner, lecture, and CE.
UOP - Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
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Thank You! to 30
Advertisers BUSINESS MEMBERS Exhibitors Study Clubs
who have generously supported our continuing education, professional success, practice management, workshop/clinical
programs this past quarter.
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Arsalan Ahani Study Club
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Bay Area Aesthetic Masters Study Club
Blende Dental Group
Burbank Dental Lab
CALIFORNIA BANK & TRUST
CALIFORNIA DENTISTS' GUILD
C-DENTAL X-RAY, INC.
Citibank Health Care Group
DENTAL & MEDICAL COUNSEL
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Kuraray America Dental
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SMCDS Annual Shredathon
eWaste ▪ Shredding ▪ Lead Foil ▪ Car/Ride Show
Saturday, July 30, 2016
SMCDS Parking Lot ▪ Free Parking
240A Twin Dolphin Drive ▪ Redwood Shores
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
SMCDS - with help from our friends at
brings the first member
car / ride show to our annual Shredathon. Cars / Motorcycles / Bikes will be
displayed on-site! There'll be plenty of healthy nibbles for folks who must trashand-dash.
More leisurely recyclers will be treated to a yummy New England
Lobster lunch (limited to the first 55 attendees). Again, family are welcome.
And it's still FREE! Details below.
Kat or Jim will call you
to schedule your
shredding time slot.
Paper Waste: n Depending on member participation, 5 to 10 letter size-banker's boxes (10” x 12” x 16”) n X-Rays must be
separated from paper n You must be on time for your time slot n remove your empty boxes
E-waste: n Electronics accepted: computers, laptops, cell phones, printers, fax machines, network equipment, medical
equipment, phone systems, CD/DVD players, stereo equipment, UPS/rechargeable batteries, PC boards, wire/cable, small
appliances incl m/w ovens; n Monitors / televisions MUST have owner's name & address legibly written/typed and taped to the
front OR they go back home with you
X-Ray Lead Foil n You can drop off your x-ray lead foil backlog too. Charlie Carter will pick it up and cart it off to one of his patients
who recycles it for various projects. Thanks, Charlie!
Space is limited
Mondays & Fridays are very short on help.
To volunteer, contact:
Melissa Moss, Volunteer Manager
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SMCDS Business Member
Premier 2016 | 2015
SGC Financial &
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Tom O’Brien, CFP , CLU , CHFC
Platinum 2016 - 2013
California Dentists’ Guild
Retirement Program Specialist
Platinum 2016 | Silver 2015
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Tim Yaeger, Jr.
Platinum 2016 - 2015 | Silver 2014
Silver 2016 - 2012
Westridge Wealth Strategies
Robert M. Cheney, CFA, CFP
Ali Oromchian, Esq.
Endorsed 2016 - 2010
TDIC Insurance Solutions
Silver 2016 - 2013
California Bank & Trust
VP Branch Manager - San Mateo
SMCDS Business Members acknowledged on this
contribute in meaningful ways* throughout each year of their
membership to our society’s fiscal health, industry intelligence, and community presence. *Event sponsorships, educational seminars /
workshops, table clinics with timely dental industry / small business information, special product offers / pricing discounts, products and
services relevant to your professional success and the oral health of our community. Business Memberships are an important
source of non-dues revenue that has helped SMCDS to increase and improve member programs without raising SMCDS dues for more
than a decade. We count on Business Members to engage professionally with members - as consultants focused on identifying and
fulfilling your needs. In exchange, we encourage you to consider SMCDS Business Members as preferred providers when in the
market for products and services. Membership Levels: Premier $5,000 Platinum $3,500 Gold $2,400 Silver $1,500
Currently providing Bay Area Dentists
with quality temporary and permanent
• Dental Assistants
• Dental Hygienists
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Let's call this a “public service announcement.” Your dental license renewal fee is due every other year in the
month of your birth. It is critical you pay it on time - I speak from experience. Here is my story.
Several years ago, I asked one of my staff to check on an order for Probantheline Bromide from Sullivan–Schein.
We use this to dry up saliva while bonding a full mouth of orthodontic appliances. She made the call, came into
the operatory, and announced “they cannot fill the order because you do not have a valid California dental license.” Turns out my
bookkeeper never received the invoice or some other clerical miscue. I'm sure you can imagine my immediate visceral response. I
called the Dental Board who are overseen by the Department of Consumer Affairs. An answering machine message assured me I
would receive a return call in 2-3 business days. In my mind I saw myself driving to Sacramento with the $250 in hand or whatever
they wanted – B U T getting a real person to speak to was anything but easy – A N D when I finally did speak to a person, I was told it
would take several weeks to reinstate me.
Now, here's the “fun” part… I called TDIC and explained my situation. They recommended I stop practicing since “your
malpractice insurance is predicated on you having a current license.”
Since this occurred during the busiest time of the year when parents wanted to get kids started with orthodontics, I had a decision
to make. Did I continue to practice knowing that a slippery band down a trachea could result in a six- or seven-figure lawsuit with
no insurance in place? …. or did I continue to practice knowing the terrible occurrences I was conjuring up in my imagination had
never happened in my 25-year career (at that time)?
Here's my point: although we can now renew our license
online and communicate electronically with Dental Board of
California and some things may have changed regarding a
grace period …why take that chance? Put the date your
renewal fee is due in multiple places and have a serious talk
with whoever pays your bills. Avoid the potential of not being
covered in a huge lawsuit just because the renewal notice got
buried under a stack of journals or the USPS didn't work well
All the best –
Alan Marcus, DDS MSD
SMCDS Board 2015-16
License Renewal Reminders
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After hearing Alan's story, we reactivated the
meaning as of May 1 we began emailing alerts with links to the DBOC renewal site at the
beginning of each member's renewal month:
SMCDS REMINDER: YOUR Dental License Renewal is Due
Heads-up for dental license renewal
this means YOU!
The SMCDS member database shows YOUR license renewal date coming up between now and the last day of [birth month]. Please
renew your license early! Forewarned is forearmed. Save yourself the IMMENSE hassle of a late renewal and take care of it NOW.
As of January 2016, you can renew online by registering with the DBOC using
P.S. IN THE EVENT you do not heed this warning and end up renewing by mail less than two weeks in advance of your license
expiration date, be sure to send it BY CERTIFIED MAIL, RECEIPT RETURN REQUESTED. Retain the RRR stamped by the post office
and returned to you as PROOF of your application and fee having been mailed prior to license expiration date.
Missed that great course on implants? Need 2-12 CE credits in a rush to meet your re-licensure requirement? Thanks to Dr.
Bruce Bohannan's extracurricular interests, awesome expertise, and impressive video equipment, SMCDS offers online video
courses available 24/7 at your convenience. All videos are posted with speaker permission. Find them by scrolling down on the
home page of www.smcds.com or Here
FROM THE DBOC WEBSITE: “Dental licenses expire on the last day of the birth month of the licensee every two years, per
Business and Professions Code, Section 1715. If the licensee's birth year is an even number, his or her license will expire
during even-numbered years. If the licensee's birth year is an odd number, his or her license will expire during odd-numbered
years. There is no grace period for a dentist in active practice, although a delinquency fee will not be assessed until the
renewal is more than 30 days late. A dentist who practices after the expiration date without renewing is considered
to be practicing without a license. Renewal notices are mailed approximately 60 days before expiration. A dentist is
responsible for renewing their license regardless of having received a renewal notice or not."
New Dentists Return to El Torito in Burlingame
We returned to El Torito in February for our first New Dentists Social of 2016. These events are completely casual and purely social - no
set agenda other than mingling, eating, drinking, and playing the optional Know Someone New game to win drawing prizes. With a total
of 29 new and experienced dentists, we had a full house! Jamie Warren - one of our new dentists seeking employment for some time -
spent the evening making good networking connections, reflecting afterward'These events are tremendously valuable to me!' If you're
looking for employment, a mentor, or even someone to shadow, the New Dentist Social is a good place to find what you're looking for!
Huge thank yous to our generous and funloving sponsor, Tom O'Brien of SGC Financial, for offesetting costs, offering resources, and
awarding two drawing prizes (Amazon
& F a n d a n g o g i f t c a r d s ) .
Congratulations to the lucky winners:
Laura Stewart and Derrick Chua!
Special thanks to Al Landucci of
Orthodontics of San Mateo for taking
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This past spring we had the opportunity to return to the
College of San Mateo for their first of two annual health fairs.
This health fair is especially important to us, as it's the only
regular opportunity we have to educate and screen adult
students in San Mateo County. Out of 275 attendees, 50+
were screened by our volunteer dentists. Referrals for
treatment were made to SMCDS member dentists, local
clinics, and dental schools.
to Drs. Sara Andrews, Keith Gee, Brad Hart, Paul Hui,
Al Landucci, Victor Lee, and Srijana Pokhrel for taking time out of their
Wednesday schedules to make this an educational and successful outreach event.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success. Henry Ford
Have a colleague worthy of recognition or know of someone in the community who
selflessly gives to educate, provide, or sustain oral health among our needy? Help SMCDS
identify and recognize worthy individuals who give extraordinary service in the name of oral
health to our community. We know they're out there and we need YOU to be our eyes and
ears across San Mateo County's 744 square miles. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the
Member line 650.637.1131 to make a nomination. Please provide the following
Call for Community Service Award Nominations
Name and contact info for Nominee
Nature of Nominee's service
Duration / timeframe of service
Your rationale - a brief statement of why you feel
he/she should be considered for special recognition
or a specific award
Your name and contact info
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Go to www.smcds.com save precious resources –
register and pay online – Upcoming Events
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event evaluation summary
March 24, 2016 GM Meeting
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“I don't want to take any X-rays this year. Just clean my teeth.” Do
we submit to our patient's wishes, should we have them sign an
“informed refusal” form, or something else? A patient who
declines recommended dental treatment may be doing so
because of a lack of understanding about their dental care,
financial concerns, radiation exposure concerns or concerns
about the proposed treatment plan. The issue of not taking
radiographs is usually anchored in the erroneous assumption
about the dangers of radiation exposure. In anticipation of an
appointment, an anxious patient may collect information from
multiple sources including family, friends, neighbors, and of
course, the Internet. These well-meaning patients arrive at our
offices ready with the poignant statement, “I don't need X-rays
this year doc.” So, the consummate professional must outline,
with veracity, that one obtains more radiation in a transatlantic
flight than in one full set of X-rays. After this eloquent
explanation, the average patient will exercise their autonomy
and hopefully make the decision to concede — recognizing the
value of dentist-directed treatment guidance. Our medical
colleagues agree that oral health is extremely important to a
patient's overall health …and we took an oath to protect and
improve our patients' oral health.
Dentists must respect their patients' autonomy, however, not at
the detriment of their oral health. Informed consent is invaluable
in helping patients make sound decisions about their oral health.
Section 1D of the CDA Code of Ethics states in part, “Fully
informed consent is essential to the ethical practice of dentistry
and reflects the patient's right of self-decision.” Advisory Opinion
1.D.1. Explanation of Treatment further clarifies, “A dentist has
the obligation to fully explain proposed treatment, reasonable
alternatives, and the risks of not performing treatment to the
patient. The dentist shall explain treatment in a manner that is
accurate, easily understood, and allows patients to be involved in
decisions affecting their oral health or their participation in a research
Our patients may not understand that declining radiographs impairs
our ability to clinically diagnose dental pathology, such as caries,
periodontal disease, endodontic lesions, pathologic lesions, etc.
Similar to informed consent, it is a dentist's responsibility to inform
patients of the potential consequences of refusing recommended
treatment. In these situations, a dentist may choose to have the
patient sign an informed refusal form, which should include the
patient's prognosis, as well as the risks, limitations, and what may be
missed by refusing dental X-rays. It is also good practice to have the
patient, dentist, and a witness sign the form. Informed refusal forms
should be used with caution, however. The Judicial Council
recommends dentists consult with their malpractice insurance
carriers if considering using an informed refusal form. If a disease
condition is diagnosed or a patient has a history of dictating
treatment, it may be in the dentist's best interests to dismiss the
patient to avoid engaging in sub-standard treatment. Such decisions
must be made on a patient-by-patient basis.
We do not want to be in violation of the ethical principal competence,
which is described in the CDA Code of Ethics in part as follows: “The
competent dentist is able to diagnose and treat the patient's oral
health needs and to refer when it is in the patient's best interest.
Maintaining competence requires continual self-assessment about
the outcome of patient care.” We are in an enviable position to have
the privilege of caring for our patients' oral health and it is our duty to
do so. Donna Klauser, DDS, DABP - Member, CDA Judicial Council
For further guidance, contact Brittney Ryan, CDA Judicial Council
Manager at 800.232.7645
Government affects you …as an individual, a small business person, and a dentist – which means awareness
and, if it suits you, occasional involvement pays off. For a concise weekly update of what's cooking at the
capitol, read Legislative Updates in Peter DuBois’ Executive Bulletin or for a larger dose, read Todd Roberson's
summaries at CDA Major Issues & Priorities. Have questions? Todd Roberson -CDA Public Affairs Manager- is
always happy to answer questions on legislative / advocacy issues email@example.com Want to join
SMCDS colleagues in the grassroots pool? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about getting involved.
Following are updates on a few of today's issues.
▪ Update on CURES The Legislature is moving forward with SB 482 (Lara) — requiring providers to check the CURES prescription drug
database prior to issuing Schedule II-IV prescriptions - amended to exempt providers prescribing as a part of treatment for a surgical
procedure, prescription is non-refillable and for a duration of five days or less. The amended bill was approved by the Assembly Business
and Professions Committee. CDA continues to seek amendments clarifying whether CURES reports can be shared with patie nts.
The Save Lives California coalition made a strong show at the legislature's informational hearing on the tobacco tax ballot measure.
Vaping industry reps and several vape shop owners were the only opponents in attendance. Validity rates for signatures our campaign
submitted remain well above the threshold we need in order to qualify by the end of June. ▪
Philadelphia became the first major U.S. city
to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, with city council voting 13-4 to approve a 1.5 cent per ounce tax. This could help generate
momentum for similar proposals on the ballot in San Francisco and Oakland this November.
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P/T Private Associate Position Available
Daly City Please contact 650.878.1373
or email email@example.com
Closing Dental Practice Equipment,
Instruments, and Supplies for sale. Do
you need another hygiene room, a
backup compressor, rolling cart? Email
Manikins for Sale SMCDS has an excess
of CPR training manikins. Lightly used,
a l m o st n ew condition. C o nta c t
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Periodontist position available 1 day
per month. Facility and staff provided.
Details: Contact 415.412.2129
Seeking a Retiring Dentist Practice to
Buy in Redwood City, 2 mile radius from
Whipple and El Camino. If you are
thinking of retiring in the near future,
please call 650.454.0023
Want a fully equipped modern dental
office 1-2 days a week? Our Belmont
office is available for rent Thursday and
Friday. Contact 650.592.6600
Pediatric dental office space available
Looking for a pediatric dentist to
practice adjacent to ortho office located
in SSF. Please contact Ann Marie @
650.871.8833 for more information.
Available to see.
Would you like to reduce your rent by
50%? General Dentist of 20 years
seeking an opportunity to sublease in a
practice in Foster City, San Mateo or
B u r l i n ga m e . C o nta c t D r. V i c tor
S o b r e p e n a 6 5 0 . 6 1 9 . 6 2 5 0 o r
Need a fully equipped dental office for
1 day/ week? Our Redwood City Dental
Office is for rent on Mondays. Details:
Space Available 2-3 days a week for a
dental specialist Brand new office,
equipped with digital x-rays, panoramic,
and 4 chairs. Very modern and bright.
Handicapped parking, ramp and
bathroom. Walking distance to Sequoia
Station. Please contact 650.365.3516
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SERVING DENTAL PRACTITIONERS ACROSS OUR COUNTY
240 A Twin Dolphin Drive • Redwood City • CA • 94065
650.637.1121 • fax 650.649.2980 • email@example.com
2016 Executive Committee
President: Mina R. Desai, DDS
Vice President: Benson H. Wong, DDS
Treasurer: Benjamin A. Yount, DDS
Secretary: John M. Acosta, DDS
Past President: Fred Holloszy, DND
CDA Trustee: Carliza A. Marcos, DDS
Executive Director & Editor: Etta L. Kinney
Fri 8/19 Tim Yaeger, Jr. — Pres, Yaeger Dental
SMCDS Members & Staff @ $195
CDA Members & Staff @ $225
Non-Members @ $250
Staff Training: Basic Dental Equipment Maintenance
behind that soothing pa ent-friendly atmosphere, your prac ce
became the lean-mean-profit-machine you’ve hoped it could be?
you had well-trained staff who took the ini a ve to cruise your
operatories in search of malfunc oning equipment and swi ly, silently
restored them to keep your office running and produc ve? ? you
spent your me trea ng pa ents?
Fairytales can come true – it can happen to you… We’ve invited the
Yaeger Dental “Sharks” Training Team to spend the day with us training
you and - more importantly - your staff in a 2-1/2 hour hands-on
workshop to complete simple repairs and maintenance on dental
equipment you use every day
Ø air/water syringes
fixing water leaks, changing traps, filter maintenance, handpiece
care (all important and too o en neglected) were not le to YOU or un l
you’re forced to call your equipment repair service (min charge $150)?
You’d big me on …staff rela ons improve,
pa ent care benefits. Need I go on.
Th 9/22 Ed Zuckerberg, DMD, FAGD Harness the Power of Social Media for Your Prac ce
Members @ $95 Member Staff @ $65
Non-Members @ $150
A lavish social hour -held in the
- will be a
blast-from-the-past se ng in stark contrast to the topic du jour of our
. Social media is a challenging
but cri cal strategy for marke ng your prac ce to today’s pa ents. Ed will
share best prac ces acquired not only from his own homebased dental
prac ce (which fostered son Mark’s first digital social network at age 11)
but industry leaders who have enlisted him over the years to lecture, write
ar cles, and beta test new technologies. Ed’s presenta on will condense
and simplify for you and your staff the best ways to
Cul vate and post content targe ng demographic audiences
Allocate a budget for adver sing targe ng your pa ents
More effec vely generate new pa ents, reconnect with old pa ents,
keep current pa ents engaged through their preferred social media
A delicious full course dinner prepared by Bianchini Catering tops off an
evening we’re sure you and your staff will recall as me well spent!