2019 Summer SMCDS Mouthpiece Newsletter

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➣Event Calendar 2 ➣President's Message 4 ➣A True Star in Dentistry 5 ➣Trustee Message 6 ➣Life After Dental School 7 ➣Working in Corporate Dentistry 8 ➣New Members 10-11 ➣Business Members 12-13 ➣Member News 14 ➣Member Milestones 15 ➣Dentistry: Image in Peril 16 ➣Mission Accomplished 18 ➣Community Outreach 19 ➣Event Evaluations: April-June 22-23 ➣Classifieds 24

San Mateo County Dental Society | Every Member. Every Day. Summer 2019

MOUTHPIECE

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In This Issue:

A Conversation with Dr. Art Dugoni

Dentistry: Image in Peril


Event Calendar

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2019 Executive Board

President: Sara A. Andrews, DDS, MS

President Elect: Benjamin A. Yount, DDS

Treasurer, Secretary: Purvi K. Zavery, DDS, MS

Immediate Past President: John M. Acosta, DDS

CDA Trustee: Carliza A. Marcos, DDS

Executive Director & Editor: Nakia Brandt

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Contents

2 Event Calendar

4

5

6

7

8

President’s Message

Early Orthodon c Treatment: Is It Really Necessary

A True Star in Den stry

A Conversa on with Dr. Art Dugoni

10-11 New Members

12-13

Trustee Message

The CDA Update

Life A er Dental School

Doing More With Less

Working in Corporate Den stry

An Insiders Look

Business Members

Thank You So Much!

14 Member News

15 Member Milestones

16 Den stry: Image in Peril

18

Mission Accomplished

Reflec ons in Nepal

19 Community Outreach

22-23 Event Evalua ons: April - June

24 Classifieds

All editorial contributions are subject to

space and/or content editing at the

Editor’s discretion.

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President’s Message

Early Orthodontic Treatment: Is it Really Necessary?

Sara Andrews, DDS, MS

As a full-time practicing orthodontist, treating patients of all

ages from 6 to 78 years old, I see the occlusal factors that

cause dental destruction daily. I ask myself: “Could early

orthodontic intervention have prevented this?” Too often I

see a teenager with impacted maxillary canines and they’re

resorping the roots of the neighboring laterals, and I lament:

“If I had seen this patient at age 8 or 9, I could have done

something to perhaps avoid this.” I hereby, aim to encourage

you to shift your thinking from fixing problems to preventing

them by screening for early orthodontic problems.

Early or phase I orthodontic treatment remains controversial

because many orthodontic problems can wait until teenage

years to be corrected, but there are some that can’t and after

reading this you will be able to identify certain patients that

should be referred during the mixed dentition. Phase I

treatment will initially incur a longer treatment time and a

higher financial cost, but at the benefit of preventing a

lifelong occlusal factor continuing to cause destruction.

In the mid-mixed dentition child (typically age 8-9), make sure

to look at the maxillary canines on the radiographs and

palpate for them. Excessive mesial angulation of the

maxillary canine heading toward the apex of the lateral is an

early sign of impaction. Also look at all the six-year molars .

Occasionally, they erupt mesially and cause early loss of the

primary second molars leading to severe crowding, and

impaction of the second premolars.

In posterior uni or bilateral crossbite the benefits of maxillary

expansion are many. Skeletal expansion of the palate via a

Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) can only be achieved at a young

age before the fusion of the palatal shelves. Thus, the midmixed

dentition stage is the ideal time to refer the patient with

a crossbite. Another benefit for widening the palate has also

been a reduction of nasal airway resistance, thereby

improving breathing through the nose.

While most children can wait until the permanent dentition to

have treatment, early orthodontic treatment can have

significant benefits for a child with specific needs. If we can

prevent a tooth from becoming impacted, enamel from being

worn, gingiva from receding, incisors from fracturing, and

increasing a child’s ability to breathe easier, let’s not miss the

chance to do so.

Please have your young patients no later than 8 years of age

get an orthodontic evaluation with the orthodontist you use,

so we can make the lives of our patients better together.

A crossbite (anterior or posterior) is often an early sign of

growth discrepancy of the jaws; most commonly a narrow

and/or retrusive maxilla. If left alone, significant enamel

attrition can occur. A single tooth anterior crossbite often

causes labial displacement of a mandibular incisor causing

premature apical migration of the gingiva. These problems

are best addressed early.

An overjet larger than 6mm puts the maxillary incisors at

significantly higher risk for fracture. I often see traumatized

and in some cases devitalized maxillary centrals in a child.

Orthodontic treatment can prevent damage to these teeth

and maintain them for a lifetime if diagnosed by the referring

dentist early.

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A True Star In Dentistry

A Conversation with Dr. Art Dugoni

Ben Yount, DDS

Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni is one of dentistry's most distinguished and beloved members. He was the

president of the following organizations: the San Mateo County Dental Society from 1960-1961, the

California Dental Association (CDA), the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Board of

Orthodontics, and the American Dental Education Association. He was also dean of University of the

Pacific School of Dentistry from 1978-2006. He made advancements in dental education, patient care,

and the profession as a whole. In 2004, University of the Pacific honored Dean Dugoni by renaming the school University of the

Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Dr. Dugoni is larger than life. He's an orthodontist, a veteran, an educator, someone who believes in organized dentistry, and is

a family man always. He is the reason why there are so many modalities in oral health care today.

During the 1990's, while president of the ADA, he was on a commission that was laying the groundwork for how medicine and

dentistry should be carried out. There were medical doctors, pharmacists, heads of universities and governors, but he was the

token dentist. The conversation was on managed care and Dr. Dugoni studied the proposal noting that all the other

professionals had signed the document. He saw where his signature was to go, put the pen down, and said, “You're taking

medicine down the wrong road in which they'll be controlled for the rest of their lives and to the bottom line. That's not in the

best interest for the care of the patient and I'm not signing it.”

The healthcare professionals and lawmakers looked to Dr. Dugoni in astonishment, but now dentistry was out of the

government's control and this allowed for group practices, solo practices, and corporate models to coexist. Dr. Dugoni

maintained the autonomy for dentists and patients by letting them choose how they wanted to provide and receive dental

care.

While Dr. Dugoni was working at the ADA, he was also the dean at Pacific where he implemented the humanistic approach the

school is known for. He made it so the students, staff, and faculty were all on the same level, being each an integral part of a

team dedicated to excellent patient care. This created an environment where everyone stood behind an idea that was greater

than themselves and championed it along with their leader. Dr. Dugoni said, “The teams we built are the best teams, but

they're only 1/10 leader.”

At 94 years old Dr. Dugoni has slowed down just a bit. He only goes to the dental school three days a week to do his work at the

foundation. He embodies giving back to the profession that made us. We can all give back a small portion per month to the

dental schools we graduated from and over time it will equate to a much larger sum. That money will not only improve the

dental schools, but it will also help decrease the cost of a dental education and just might decrease the financial burden on

new dentists.

Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni is a hero among dentists. He has more awards and accolades than can be listed here and although he is

proud of his achievements, he is a humble man. I truly believe that he looks upon his accomplishments not entirely as his own,

but of those of the profession. One of his attributes that sets him apart is his remarkable ability to remember your face, your

name, and to always make you feel special. I relate this to us dentists writing down a trip our patients might be taking or an

activity they like to do. We keep the conversation going six months later. Dr. Dugoni sees dentists at events years later and

keeps the conversation going.

I recently met Dr. Dugoni at his home and the first thing he asked was, “How's your biking?” Few people outside of my family

and friends know how passionate I am about bicycling. Dr. Dugoni remembered. I was touched, and I knew this meeting would

be special.

Dr. Dugoni is a beacon for advancement, always looking to perfect the care for patients whether through legislation or

education, and always with a personal touch. In his home is a display case filled with awards, plaques, trophies and medals.

Beside them are pictures marking great moments and a few sentimental pieces, a toy car and his Navy uniform. Along the walls

and shelves are photos of his family. He has 7 children, 15 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. He exudes dentistry at its

highest level, but family and relationships are his true passion. We should all be grateful to be part of Dr. Dugoni's dental family

so let's continue to make him proud by giving our talents and our time to our dental schools and the dental profession.

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Life After Dental School

Doing More With Less

Nes Morales, DDS

Take vitals. Wait. Faculty Check. Anesthetize & place rubber

dam. Wait. Faculty check. Begin prep. Wait. Faculty check.

This is a process all too familiar for any dental student. Once

graduation comes, gone are the faculty that oversee every

step of your work and now comes the time to transition into

the working world. As nice as that sounds, there are some

significant differences between dental school and the

working world. In this article, I will be talking about some

tips, tricks, and things to expect as a new dentist.

One aspect to be prepared for is to perform dentistry with

significantly less equipment at your disposal. My dental

school had a wide variety of equipment available (ie.

electrical handpieces, oscillating tips, every kind of bur

imaginable) at an almost limitless supply. In the working

world, you will likely have less of a variety and amount of

equipment to use. I recommend to try to “do more with

less” and practice being efficient with a smaller amount of

materials.

to have if you were considering practice ownership in the

future.

Lastly, I believe it's very important to enjoy life outside of

dentistry. As wonderful as the profession is, it can be very

easy to feel stressed out, overburdened, and exhausted at

times. There's more to life than work, and dentistry is no

exception. Whether it’s planning a vacation, playing guitar,

or just seeing your friends, make sure to make time for the

things and people you enjoy.

Although the working world brings new challenges, there

isn't anything a motivated new dentist can't handle. I

strongly believe that as long as you work hard and are nice to

everyone, amazing things can happen.

Questions/Comments? Feel free to contact me at

nesmartin.morales@gmail.com or IG @drnesmartin

In addition, I believe any appointment (especially an

exam/treatment planning one) should be taken as an

opportunity to impress your patient. Confidence is key and

is something patients can pick up quickly. As a dentist, I

believe it's our responsibility to help patients understand

not only what their treatment plan consists of but why

exactly each treatment is needed. One technique that

works well for me is that I try to co-diagnose with my

patients, where I show them their x-rays/photos and see

how they interpret it. I feel it's a great way to clarify any

confusion they might have and it helps build trust. I also

believe that if a patient is confused and does’nt understand

their treatment plan completely, they will most likely not

accept treatment.

Another aspect that will come up for a new graduate is the

topic of dental insurance. Is the clinic you're looking at PPO,

HMO/DSO, or fee for service? How will that affect you? I

would suggest speaking with your front office or the

primary dentist/owner on learning some of the nuances of

dental insurance and how that can directly affect you as a

provider. Additionally, I feel this is a practical conversation

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Working in Corporate Dentistry

An Insiders Look

Prerna Vijan, DDS

Having the opportunity to work in different clinic settings including corporate chains and a private dental clinic has greatly

broadened my outlook towards dentistry. Both of these experiences have vastly enriched my knowledge and skill sets.

Currently I work as a managing dentist at Western Dental and this role has provided me a different perspective towards the

field of dentistry. In this article I will share my experience of working in a corporate dental chain. Most of my views are based

on my personal observations. In addition, I will also list the reasons as to why one would choose to work in a corporate dental

chain.

Why work in Corporate?

Structure:

I found corporate dental clinics to be very structured in the way the clinics function. The structure is set by the head company.

Despite there being differences in the working of individual clinics the standard functioning protocols are laid down by the

head company making it very smooth for clinicians to practice in a consistent pattern. There are on-boarding trainings held by

field trainers for team members to help them transition smoothly into the structured flow of the clinic as well as training the

clinicians to use the electronic health record software to access and document in a patient's e-chart.

Patient flow/experience:

In corporate dental clinics the practitioner generally sees a large quantum of patients per day. Not only do the individual

offices book appointments, but the corporate call centre also helps in scheduling new patients to ensure we have a full

schedule. The exposure to a large patient pool teaches everyone to work together with great efficiency in order to ensure a

smooth continuum of daily operations.

An important aspect of working for a corporate dental chain is that we are multitasking. We deal with managing a

large/continuous flow of patient pool all while constantly striving to create an experience in which every patient feels they

have walked into a private dental clinic.

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Multi Specialty:

One of the major advantages of working in a corporate clinic is that we have multiple specialties under one roof. We have a

team of periodontists, oral surgeons, sedation specialists, orthodontists, pediatric dentists, and endodontists visiting our

clinics a couple days per month. This helps in treating our patients comprehensively wherein the general dentist works

closely with the specialists to ensure excellent patient outcomes. This also creates an opportunity for team members to learn

from each other and have a great support system wherein we grow together.

Continuous Learning:

We are fortunate to have numerous CE courses and access to a career centre where we are constantly updating ourselves

with the latest protocols and guidelines in dentistry. In addition, there are multiple training programs including implant

trainings and comprehensive patient care that help us enrich our knowledge and skills to ensure that we are learning and

expanding as successful clinicians daily.

Quality Control:

An important aspect in corporate dentistry is the high level of emphasis put on quality dentistry. We have a Peer Review

Board that ensures that we perform quality care in accordance with the highest standards while serving our patients at all

times.

Leadership:

I am currently a managing dentist at Western Dental. This role entails performing comprehensive exams, treatment planning,

performing treatment, helping train new associate dentists and team members as well as being involved in managing a heavy

flow of patients. Moreover, I am responsible for overseeing the smooth functioning of the daily clinic operations. Working as

a managing dentist has not just helped me polish my clinical skills, but it has also helped me emerge as a manager. I am a

mentor and a leader wherein I am privileged to ensure that I lead by example motivating my team members and carrying

others with me as I grow.

Growth:

I would like to conclude by stating that working for a corporate dental chain has something for everyone. Whether it is a new

graduate who wants more exposure, a seasoned dentist who wants to work in a well-structured system, or someone who

wants to take on a leadership role, corporate dentistry is a great place to be.

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New

Members

Please join the SMCDS Leadership in welcoming our newest members at an upcoming General Membership meeting. Their

first GM Meeting is FREE, complete with dinner, C E, and a free drink. Make sure to welcome them at our upcoming GM

Meetings (they're wearing the yellow daisy name tags). Your support is essential in making them feel welcome and

comfortable enough to come back. Our personal new member interview gives you a sneak-peek into who they are…

Naomi Zaul, DDS Pediatric Dentistry

Burlingame Pediatric Dentistry ● 1720 El Camino Real, Ste. 101 ● Burlingame, CA 94010-3211

UCLA - DDS - 2011 ● USC - Pedo - 2013

What brought you to San Mateo County? I am a bay area native and after living in LA for 6 years for my

dental training, I knew I had to come home. My husband's orthodontic practice (Burlingame Orthodontics)

brought us specifically to San Mateo County. My partner, Dr. Cicely Smith, and I opened a new pediatric

dental practice in Burlingame in March 2019 and we are so fortunate and excited to be able to serve this

community.

What is your favorite part of working in dentistry? Working with kids is so much fun! I love getting to know

them and seeing them grow. Also, thinking about and learning creative ways to foster a positive dental

experience keeps me on my toes.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Watching my son (1.5 yo) explore the world. Running, yoga,

being outdoors, cooking, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

Cicely B. Smith, DDS Pediatric Dentistry

Burlingame Pediatric Dentistry ● 1720 El Camino Real, Ste. 101 ● Burlingame, CA 94010-3211

UCLA - DDS - 2011 ● UCLA - Pedo - 2013

What brought you to San Mateo County? I worked in Burlingame for two years after going to college at

Stanford, prior to going to dental school at UCLA, and always hoped to come back. Two of my sisters live and

work in San Mateo County as well, so it was important for me to be near them when I had my son, so the kids

could grow up together.

What is your favorite part of working in dentistry? I love working with kids of all ages. They really make my

day! And doing composite restorations.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Walking, hiking, Pilates, interior design, travel, playing with my

baby boy, hanging out with my friends and family, and watching the Warriors games with my husband.

Shilpa Yadav, DDS

UOP - DDS - 2019

General Practice

What brought you to San Mateo County? I live on the peninsula, therefore, San Mateo County Dental

Society was my first choice. Also, as an alumni of University of the Pacific, I got a recommendation from

fellow alums to be a part San Mateo County Dental Society. I have heard great things about the society in

terms of being a proactive organization and keeping its members updated with state-of-the-art information.

What is your favorite part of working in dentistry? Restorative Dentistry is my favorite part. You can almost

always see the results instantly as well as the joy in the patient's eyes!

What do you like to do in your spare time? DIY crafts, reading and swimming.

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New Members

Welcome!

Join us in celebrating 31 new members

contributing over the course of 2019

to the voice that is SMCDS - 693 strong …

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SMCDS Business Member

Premier 2019 - 2015

SGC Financial &

Insurance Services

www.sgc-financial.com

® ® ®

Tom O’Brien, CFP , CLU , CHFC

650.227.0375

tom.obrien@sgc-financial.com

Platinum 2019-2016

www.dmcounsel.com

Ali Oromchian, Esq.

925.999.8200

ao@dmcounsel.com

Platinum 2019 - 2015 | Silver 2014

C-Dental X-Ray

www.cdental.com

Julia Peck

Operations Manager

650.207.0478

japeck@cdental.com

Platinum 2019-2018

www.agneovodental.com

Daniel Tsao

Sales Manager

408.321.8210

daniel.tsao@agneovo.com

Platinum 2019 - 2015 | Silver 2015

Yaeger Dental Supply

www.yaegerdental.com

Tim Yaeger, Jr.

President

650.888.1402

Yaegerdental@gmail.com

Platinum 2019

livingbenefitsgeek.com

Mike Wong

650.207.8113

mike@livingbenefitsgeek.com

Endorsed 2019 - 2010

TDIC Insurance Solutions

www.tdicsolutions.com

Blair Tomlinson

Sales Manager

800.733.0633

blair.tomlinson@cda.org

Mass Mutual Northern CA

www.massmutual.com

Platinum 2019

Chris Lewis

Daniel Hrynezuk

510.329.7939

408.452.1037

chrislewis@financialguide.com dhrynekuk@financialguide.com

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 $5,500 Platinum $4,000 Gold $2,900 Silver $2,100

Mondays & Fridays

are very short on help.

SAMARITAN

H O U S E

DENTAL CLINICS

To volunteer, contact:

Rosie Coleridge, Volunteer Manager

rosie@samaritanhousesanmateo.org

650.523.0819

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to 25

Advertisers Business Members

Exhibitors

Sponsors Study Clubs

who have generously supported our continuing education, professional success, practice

management, workshop/clinical programs this past quarter.

TDIC Insurance Solutions

SGC Financial - Tom O'Brien

Mass Mutual Northern CA

AG Neovo Dental

C-Dental X-Ray, Inc.

Dental & Medical Counsel

Yaeger Dental Supply

Living Benefits Geek

Bay Area Implant Institute

California Dental Association

Carr Healthcare Realty

Crest + Oral-B

Dental Power Placement Service

ExecTech

Garfield Refining Company

GrowMar

Kuraray America Dental

Merrill Lynch

Michael Lam, MD

Northern California Practice Sales

PerioChip

Premier Dental Products Co.

Supply Doc

TDSC

West Coast Precious Metals

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Milestones

Retirements

Charles W. Pascal, DDS – San Mateo

General Dentist and SMCDS member

of 48 years who sold his practice to

SMCDS member dentist Diana Dizik.

In Memorium

We are saddened

by the loss of …

Cyril S. Tukeman, DDS – Daly City General

Dentist and SMCDS member 60 years - passed

away March 31. Cy graduated from UCSF School

of Dentistry in 1959 and practiced in Daly City

with Ed Goodman for 37 years before retiring in

1996.

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Dentistry: Image in Peril

Ben Yount, DDS

“What Your Dentist Isn't Telling You” was the title of an article in the May edition of the well-known

publication, The Atlantic. Ferris Jabr was the writer and he chronicled a dentist who was doing

procedures on patients that were unnecessary. Jabr then went on to talk about how unscientific

dentistry is as a whole and the disconnect between medicine and dentistry. He questioned the

necessity of fluoride for adults, the need for a healthy adult to see a dentist more than once every 12-16 months, all while

saying “no matter how charming your dentist is they're probably trying to pay back their student loans.” Is this what

people think of dentists? Being a dentist myself I came to the conclusion that there's a perception problem among the

general public towards dentistry and we need to change this.

In our practices, dental patients are healthier now than ever and it’s not by chance. People want to keep their teeth for

life and through science we understand the risk factors for tooth decay and gum disease and we're teaching our patients

prevention. Jabr’s article really made me think how far dentistry has come. In the not so distant past adults with missing

teeth were prevalent and by the time many people reached middle age having dentures was common. During that time

dentists were only treating the disease. People now are seeing their dentist regularly, sometimes for quarterly

cleanings, and there’s value in that. We’re no longer just drilling, filling, and billing. We’re asking

why people get tooth decay and why people get gum disease. We’re seeing entire families and

watching for patterns. Having treated the parents we can predict the outcome of their children’s

gums and teeth. There are other factors too such as smoking and poor oral hygiene which we’re

educating our patients on. In terms of cavities, CAMBRA is widely used. It stands for Caries Risk

Assessment and Management and it’s an evidence based approach to preventing and managing

tooth decay that’s approved by the American Dental Association. We now have a clear

understanding of which bacteria are responsible for causing cavities and we’re classifying patients

within certain risk categories and treating them accordingly. We may call ourselves family dentists,

general dentists, or dental specialists, but we're all dental scientists.

Jabr argued that dentistry and medicine are separate exemplifying the notion that people’s

mentality for going to a routine dental visit tends towards being “just a cleaning” somewhat like

getting a haircut. Instead dentists and dental hygienists are teaching their patients that oral health

is part of their overall health and a routine dental visit is more like an annual physical. Articles such

as Jabr’s just adds to the mentality that oral health is not necessary which is misguided.

By definition we as dentists are caring for a patient’s gums and teeth yet we’re treating the entire

body. At each checkup we’re doing a head and neck exam looking for lumps, bumps, a discoloration,

and potentially cancer. We’re also consulting with our patients' medical doctors on their health,

discussing previous or upcoming operations, and if what we're recommending requires us to

proceed with caution. Dentists across the nation are also taking their patients’ blood pressure and

opening the conversation about living healthy through diet and exercise.

We as dentists know we’re part of the solution. Articles such as this are not the root of the problem,

but some writers, media outlets, and the public have preconceived notions about what dentistry is

today. Dentists took an oath to do no harm. Of course there are dental and medical doctors taking

advantage of their patients, but they’re the minority.

Jabr’s article in The Atlantic gives the dental community the opportunity to open the conversation

between dentists and the public. I hope this writing empowers dentists and brings awareness to

patients across the nation to show that dental health is imperative and that the dental team is a

pillar in society.

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Mission Accomplished

Reflections in Nepal

Mina Desai, DDS

My name is Mina Desai and I'm a general dentist in San Carlos. As many of you know I was the president

of the dental society in 2017. What some of you may not know is that I have a passion for traveling the

world and providing my services to those in need. I have gone out of the country on dental missions

three times and I recently went to Nepal with my 22 year old son to work with the Global Dental Relief

group and help monk children.

The monk children of Nepal live in extreme rural conditions in the temples among the Himalayas. My young patients told me

stories of how they got to the clinic. One of these stories was of a group of children that had gotten up before the sun rose,

walked 2 hours down the mountain to catch a bus that took them another 2 hours through dust laden roads to arrive where I

was. Me and the other dental personnel did all that we could to take care of these children. In a short period of time we saw

708 patients and provided $134,750 worth of dentistry.

My son and I truly enjoyed providing all types of dental treatment to the monk children of Nepal and they were so grateful.

Part of the experience was not only to do dentistry, but to trek among the mountains. For six days we hiked and finally made it

to a clearing where we had a beautiful view of Mount Everest in all her glory. Right then I realized that I had found my calling

and I am so proud to be a dentist. Treating the underserved from around the world and within our local communities is the

way I enjoy our wonderful profession the most.

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Community Outreach

COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO SPRING HEALTH FAIR This spring we returned to the College of San

Mateo for their first of two health fairs for this year. Around 45 attendees were screened by

SMCDS volunteer dentists and even more stopped by to learn about the information we had to

offer. We referred patients for treatment to SMCDS member dentists, local clinics, and dental

schools.

AND huge

Thanks!

to our generous volunteers. The success of these events wouldn't be possible without their help:

Drs. Sarah Aslan, Tabitha Chen, Brad Hart, Amarilis San Vicente, Sylvia Urbina (with staff Arlyn Lucido & Martha Perez)

and Librada Yamat

to Al Landucci for taking pictures!

If you or someone you know are aware of other health fairs that might benefit from our presence OR if you or someone

you know (dentist/dental staff member) is interested in volunteering for these and/or other health fairs, please contact.

Mike Aicardi - SMCDS Community Outreach Coordinator mike@smcds.com

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Sedation and Anesthesia for the Dental Office

MICHAEL LAM, M.D.

Board Certi ed Physician Anesthesiologist

MAXIMIZE SAFETY FOR YOUR PATIENTS.

INCREASE PATIENT COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

OPTIMIZE OPERATING CONDITIONS.

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Classifieds

San Bruno Dental Practice For Sale:

Dentist retiring. Office rent is very

low & lease very flexible. Patients,

all by refrral, mostly Chinese. We do

a lot of implants. Please contact me

at 650.703.1649

Move in ready, 2-operatory dental

space at 347 Gellert, Daly City.

Contact Trask Leonard 650.282.4620

Full time general dentist, hygienist

position available for quality and

referral based peninsula practice. 3-

4 days a week, Monday, Friday &

Saturday plus another weekday.

Please respond with a detail

resume including all previous

employment and compensation

expectation. Email address:

Bellerk@yahoo.com

Dental Hygienist Fridays Millbrae.

Email resume to

josephhuangdds@gmail.com

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

Seeking Associate to buy in State of

the Art San Bruno Facility in a major

thoroughfare with Youtube, Tanforan

mall, Bart Station, Caltrain in our

backyard. Especially new apartment

retail complex being built across the

street. 2,121 Sq Ft, 4 Treatment Fully

Equipped Rooms with A-DEC Chairs

& Units, Large Reception Area &

Large Front Desk Area, 1 Billing

Nook, Pano, 1 Sterilization Room,

Lab Room, Treatment Consultation

Room, Storage Room, Lunch room, 2

Restrooms, 2 Additional Treatment

rooms fully plumbed with cabinetry.

Contact 650.228.6880 or

drnguyen92@sbcglobal.net

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 Burlingame. Contact Dr.

Victor Sobrepena 650.619.6250 or

vsobrepena@msn.com

Thinking of retiring or slowing

down? Want to practice but not

manage? Local dentist seeking a

practice to buy in San Mateo, 2 mile

radius from downtown. Not corp

dentistry. Please call 415.269.6254

or gmanyak@yahoo.com

So. San Francisco Dental Associate.

Saturdays plus flex weekday Tu-Fri.

We are a high quality, fee-for-service,

no HMO established general

practice. Associate must have a

gentle, positive personality and

attitude, great communication and

skill sets and team player. Hygiene

expected. Experience in all dental

aspects preferred. Let's talk! Please

send your CV and appropriate

references.

RandallLouieDDS@aol.com

Currently providing Bay Area Dentists

with quality temporary and permanent

• Dental Assistants

• Dental Hygienists

• Receptionists

• Dentists

(415) 781-2909

www.sfdentalpower.com

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Being a service leader in the Bay Area since 1977, we strive to provide you with excellent equipment selec on and the best technicians you

can find for support. Offering compe ve prices and a task-oriented team is always a daily improvement goal for us here at Yeager Dental,

which always means that our customers' well-being is constantly being watched over. We offer the personal care not always found in the

big corpora ons of our field, but here we believe in being “Not the biggest, just the best.”

So, why choose Yaeger Dental?

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Ÿ Our prices are among some of the most compe ve in the industry. Our knowledgeable and thoroughly trained technicians carry many

common, and uncommon, parts in the service vehicles, usually meaning we can get your equipment up and running in a single visit. In

the off chance that our techs don't have the parts you need, they can order them for you in a mely manner.

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We offer a full one year parts and labor warranty (compare to compe tors' 90-day warranty policy).

We also offer free installa on in most cases. On top of that, we can offer you free removal of your old equipment, with the purchase of

new equipment from us, at no extra charge.

We carry a mul tude of different designer friendly and stylish equipment lines, which means we can tailor a new unique look for your

office renova on or remodel.

Our first and foremost goal is to make our customers happy! Even in the current digital age, we understand that word-of- mouth

recommenda ons are our most important and effec ve endorsements so we strive to make sure we don't let our clients down.

Yaeger Dental Supply

517 Marine View, Suite J • Belmont, CA 94002

Tel: 650.593.5100 • Fax: 650.593.1331

yaegerdental@gmail.com • www.yaegerdental.com

Just because you pay less, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice good service.

See what Yaeger Dental can do for you!

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