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T H E A C A D E M Y O F L D S D E N T I S T S N E W S L E T T E R • FA L L 2 0 1 1 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Dear friends and colleagues, On behalf of the executive committee, I would like to express how much we appreciate so many of you for your great support of the Academy of LDS Dentists. Our recent 34th Annual Conference was a real success. I hope those of you who were able to attend feel as well rewarded for your time and efforts as I do. I appreciated the information provided by the clinicians and the variety of topics. It was difficult to choose which classes to attend. The spouses’ program was also exceptional, and we extend our thanks to all who spoke, performed, or took part in any way to make the meeting such a fulfilling experience. We feel very fortunate to have BYU’s Scott Harris as the administrative assistant over our annual conference. Scott has a fantastic background of experience and skills. He and his assistants, Abe Collier and Anna Strange, and the other staff members certainly prepared for and facilitated the success of our meeting. During this past year, under Dave Geddes’ direction, our student chapters have grown to 27 in number and have begun doing things to help our upcoming generation of professionals. Our hope is that we can provide a resource to enhance our student members’ time in school so they will feel comfortable and better prepared for leadership positions. In many ways we can mentor them to more successfully become active participants in our wonderful profession. We envision that they will establish a bond with the Academy, and that it will be a help to them in many areas as they prepare to set up practice and beyond. The annual dues to the Academy provide scholarships for a number of dental and hygiene students. The dues also help with the basic expenses of some humanitarian projects, like the very successful clinic in Guatemala. Even if you did not have the opportunity to attend the annual August conference, where dues-paying members received a discount, your tax-deductible fees are still very much needed and would be greatly appreciated. At our meeting, we were able to see some fine examples of dedicated humanitarian service. At the table displays in the hall, we met some champions of and participants in dental service projects being done in many countries. We had opportunities to sign up to serve with those groups. During the luncheons, we viewed the presentations of Drs. Karl Koerner and David Pulsipher. They both showed how they were able to very successfully involve their family and friends in giving extensive professional service in China, Tonga and the South Pacific. Soon you will be able to view their informative and inspiring presentations about their projects on our website under “Service.” Also found under “Service” are descriptions of many opportunities to share our professional skills in interesting and underserved areas of the world. We are expanding and refining the Academy’s website http://www.AcademyOfLDSDentists.com. While you visit the site, we encourage you to take a minute to share the blessings and opportunities of the Academy with other LDS dentists. Under the “Join” button, click on “Invite a Dentist.” Just typing in a dentist’s name and any type of contact information will allow him or her to be placed on our mailing list. We can then extend to that person the newsletter, opportunities for service, the annual conference, and other benefits of knowing about (or having contact with) the Academy. I hope each of us will make plans to attend next year’s conference. It is an outstanding experience for the entire family. I also suggest that you invite your associates in the profession, specialist friends, and staff members to attend next year’s meeting with you. Please mark your calendars for the 2012 conference, which will be held August 10–11. I wish you the best in your professional and personal lives.
2010–12 ACADEMY COUNCIL
President: John A. Gerritsen Vice President: Evan Roundy Secretary/Treasurer: Laurence Palmer Past President: David Geddes Founder: Gordon Christensen
John A. Gerritsen, DDS 2010–2012 President
34TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ACADEMY OF LDS DENTISTS
Summarized by Evan Roundy, Academy’s Vice President
teeth. In the afternoon session he demonstrated a method of fabricating a mouth guard that is simple and effective. Linda Miles presented her four cornerstones of success, which are: communication, system organization, motivation, and appreciation. She elaborated on each of these topics and said, “Tough times call for tough strategies.” Excellent patient service can reactivate some former patients. Treat every patient as if he were a piece of gold. Michael Ignelzi spoke about prevention using fluoride and sealants. He said varnish is the best way to apply fluoride, and that bonding sealants will greatly increase their retention. He discussed pulp therapy for primary teeth and restorative materials for pediatric patients. Barry Musikant discussed the advantage of using reamers rather than files to clean and shape canals. He later expanded on this topic, including the use of a reciprocating handpiece that will greatly increase the ease and speed of the procedure. Gordon Christensen discussed the rapid shift from PFM to all ceramic crowns in the U.S. He talked about the different systems available and their advantages and disadvantages. He encouraged us to use caution and to not abandon an old friend just because there is a new kid on the block. He talked about how and what to use to cement these crowns.
HUMANITARIAN SERVICE AWARDS
What an inspiration our recipients are! We appreciate the noble and great efforts they have made. The world is a better place when we serve those in need. The award recipients are: Karl Koerner, who has led several trips to China, where his team has treated orphans, taught dental techniques, and been involved in cleft-lip repair. David and Joann Pulsipher, who have been to Tonga many times and have rendered great service. Sister Pulsipher spearheaded a school program to help Tongan students learn English so they could go to college.
The 34th Annual Conference of the Academy of LDS Dentists was a great success. We had outstanding presenters, an inspiring fireside speaker, inspiring examples of humanitarian service, and friendships to make and renew. We appreciate all who attended, and we feel like this is the best continuing education experience available. Following is a brief synopsis of the presenters: Jeff Brucia discussed bonding systems and composites and how to get a predictable, long-lasting result. He cautioned against jumping on the latest generation of materials just because it is new. Some older products continue to outperform “new and improved” products. If it is working for you, don’t be too anxious to change. Lee Silverstein spoke about bisphosphonates and dentistry. He reiterated that the highest likelihood of developing BRONJ (Bisphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw) is related to IV use during chemotherapy. If you have a patient who has been through chemotherapy, assume they have had it and treat them accordingly. Oral bisphosphonates are less likely to cause BRONJ, but care must be taken the longer a patient has been on them. He later discussed the use of acellular dermal matrix as a grafting material for root coverage without utilizing the palate as a donor site. Ray Padilla reviewed the emergency protocol for avulsed teeth and the importance of using custom mouth guards to protect
SPOUSES’ CONFERENCE SUMMARY
by Rebecca McDonald, Spouses’ Conference President
It seemed like this year’s conference flew by! I guess time flies when you are having fun and eating so much yummy food!
I was thrilled with the positive feedback on our speakers. I loved Brother Wilcox’s talk on joy, even as he struggles with the death of his beloved wife. I was fascinated by C. Robert Line’s talk on justification and sanctification. I especially loved the music from One Clear Voice. But the thing I loved the most was being with such wonderful and inspiring women, and men too. I feel blessed to be part of a group whose primary purpose is to assist others in need. I felt a wonderful, unified spirit as we ended the conference. I hope you are all preparing for next year; it will be equally amazing! We have a few things already in the works, and you will all be pleasantly surprised. We plan on including some kind of service and will be giving out prizes. Best of all, we are planning a beautiful musical program about the Savior, with some amazing talent. Tell all your friends that this coming year is the year they won’t want to miss!
Question and Answer time with presenters
FRIDAY NIGHT’S FIRESIDE SPEAKER—ROBERT L. MILLET
Brother Millet gave an insightful and inspiring message about faith, hope, and the grace of God. He told us to not be so hard on ourselves and to enjoy the journey. He said that as long as we stay on the path, it will lead us to our Heavenly Father.
Networking with Ray Padillia
STATEMENTS ABOUT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
AMY (AND STEVEN) CRANE—SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, long-time attendees
Dr. Steven Crane earns CE credits every month and is on the board of a California dental society. So why does he travel hundreds of miles every summer to attend the Academy of LDS Dentists Conference? It’s simple. You won’t find a group of more uplifting, dedicated, intelligent and successful people on the earth. The Academy attracts presenters of international fame but has an intimate setting. “We always come away with new ideas to improve the practice. It’s great to find people with similar interests who are so willing to share their ideas,” says Dr. Crane. The biggest secret, however, is the family program. “I have never found a conference with such great activities for the kids. Ours beg to go back every year.” was excellent. The conference keeps the presentations on target, concise, and applicable to a typical dental practice. The presenters are usually candid in their presentations, which I appreciate. All of this great continuing education is coupled with special social interaction, great food, and a Break Time wonderful spouse program, as well as a Friday night fireside that lifts one’s spiritual and mental vision of life’s purposes. Many opportunities are made available to those interested and prepared to do humanitarian service. Several years ago we took three of our teenage children with us to Peru on a 10-day humanitarian excursion and had an extraordinary experience. Our group helped a poor village build four adobe homes and cover their open well. We also were able to help with some of the villagers’ dental and medical needs before we continued on to see Machu Picchu and some other amazing tourist sites. It was really great! My wife and I look forward every year to attending the conference. As for the spouses’ conference, my wife always comes away uplifted and renewed. We have also brought all five of our kids to the meetings since they were very small. They have made friends and have a wonderful time each year. One of the best aspects of the Academy conferences is the spiritual lift. I particularly enjoy the Friday evening dinner meeting with wonderful fireside speakers. Over the years, I have been on eight “brigadas” to South and Central America, teaching endodontics to some wonderful people who have become lasting friends. Each time I go, I receive much more than I give.
KIP STERLING, STUDENT CHAPTER PRESIDENT— UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, first
Kip Sterling, Chapter President
Amy loves the food service. “After eating with my spouse, instead of cleaning up, I get to enjoy wonderful speakers who cover such diverse topics as parenting and finding joy in life. It’s so uplifting that I feel inspired to be better every year. Because of our shared experiences, I really feel such a connection to the spouses that I consider them to be like sisters.” The Cranes have traveled around the world, but “attending the Academy of LDS Dentists Conference is our favorite vacation.” Maybe it’s time for you to give it a try.
over 30 years
ROSS E. (AND KARI) SANFORD— MEDFORD, OREGON, have attended
NEIL (AND THERESA) NIXON— TAYLORSVILLE, UTAH, long-time
Theresa and Neil Nixon
With all the continuing education that I must accumulate, it is always a foregone conclusion that I will attend the Academy’s annual conference in Provo along with my wife and our kids. We particularly enjoy the atmosphere of the meeting with its camaraderie and brotherhood. Where else can one go and have each day and each meal started with prayer? When we attend BYU, we know there are standards to be followed. Furthermore, the fee is still a great bargain! The dental presenters are hands-on dentists who understand the ins and outs of everyday practice and therefore can teach us the real world. And of course it would not be complete without hearing from Gordon Christensen. 3
Returning to Provo as a dental student for the Academy’s annual conference was quite a treat. Both days of the conference were filled with stimulating lectures and updates in dentistry. It was a great opportunity to integrate my blossoming dental education with practical and evidence-based strategies for success as a dentist. Between the meetings there were tremendous opportunities to catch up with friends and network with my future colleagues. I came back to school refreshed and ready to continue learning how to be the best dentist possible to serve others. We recently officially organized the University of Colorado student chapter of the Academy. We held an opening social and barbeque in August and a 3v3 basketball tournament in September as fellowshipping events. We look forward to hosting Dr. Gordon Christensen in January as an educational event. We’re excited to be planning to fabricate mouth guards in the spring for a local high school lacrosse team as a service event. I’m proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.
As usual, this year’s Academy of LDS Dentists Conference
HUMANITARIAN SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
By Wayne Chisholm, Academy’s Service Chairman
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Original story by Loren Eisley One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference for that one.” Many of our dental friends feel that they just aren’t in a position to do humanitarian service. They say, “Maybe when I retire, or maybe when the children, or grandchildren, or great grandchildren are grown up, then we could go.” The questions to ask are, “If not me, who? If not now, when?” As in the story above, many countries do not have enough dentists to care for their population. We may not be able to help everyone, but every single filling, every single root canal, every single extraction makes a difference to that patient. There are service opportunities available for every situation. Some require a trip for as little as one week, while others require as much as two years. Some let you choose when and for how long you will go. Whatever is workable for you will make a difference. Below are some service opportunities that are currently available or are coming up, with contact numbers for more information. Dr. Wayne Chisholm—at firstname.lastname@example.org or (435) 8964347 He is on our executive council over Service Projects. He could also advise you on what may best fit your special needs. We can all make a difference to those who haven’t had all the advantages we have had. Let’s share. Let’s all be able to say, “I made a difference for that one.” 4
The Starfish Story
Guatemala City, Guatemala (Guatemala Dental Clinic)— at your convenience. Elder and Sister Call, Elder and Sister Tobler—GuatemalaClinic@gmail.com Uganda and Rwanda, Africa—January 21 to February 25, 2012. Dr. Drew Cahoon—email@example.com Suqian and Xi’an, China—April 2012. Dr. Karl Koerner— firstname.lastname@example.org Tonga (Liahona Clinic)—at your convenience. Dr. Wayne Chisholm— email@example.com Samoa (Pesega Clinic)—at your convenience. Dr. Wayne Chisholm— firstname.lastname@example.org Kiribati (Moroni High School)—at your convenience. Dr. Wayne Chisholm— email@example.com
AYUDA—Planning a trip for 2012, with a possible clinic in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and others. Dr. David Dickerson—firstname.lastname@example.org Smiles for Central America—Trips twice each year, rotating through the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama. The next ‘Brigada” will be to Guatemala from April 26 to May 6, 2012. They need approximately 110 volunteers. Check out www.SmilesforCentralAmerica.com.
LOCAL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Ogden, Utah (Ogden Rescue Mission). Dauna Seager— 801-621-4891 Salt Lake City, Utah (Salt Lake Donated Dental Services). E-mail email@example.com or check www.donateddental.org for more information.
If you have or are aware of a service opportunity that is not on this list, please contact Wayne Chisholm at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-896-4347 so we can make the opportunity available to our dentists. For other opportunities that may fit your time, schedule, or desired location, please visit our website and explore under “Service Opportunities.”
GUATEMALA CLINIC UPDATE
by Evan Roundy, Academy’s Vice President
Melanie and I spent a delightful week in September with Ron and Judy Tobler and Rich and Leann Call at the Guatemala Clinic. Although I have been involved with the clinic since its beginnings, until recently I had never taken the opportunity to serve there. We were treated most hospitably and had a great experience. I would like to thank Paul and Joann Fillmore, who were recently released from their mission, for the tremendous job they did to get the clinic up and going. Paul was able to acquire all the licenses and permits required to operate the clinic and has set a great foundation upon which we can build. He has contacted most of the local priesthood leaders; they are aware of the clinic and refer potential missionaries there for treatment. The clinic also has established contacts with other orphanages and is beginning to see patients from them. They have treated most of the Tío Juan children and have them on recall. They also have had some “brigadas” to other sites. They will certainly be missed, and their influence for good will be felt for years to come. Rich and Leann Call are the new clinic directors. Rich brings a wealth of experience to the position, having taken several groups to Guatemala to perform humanitarian work. We look forward to his leadership and are excited to see what the next phase of development of the clinic will be under his direction. Ron and Judy Tobler will complete their mission in November. They have been stalwart and hard-working missionaries. The kids love them and give them big hugs when they see them. Their efforts and work have blessed many people.
The clinic is a great facility. It is well organized, and the equipment is excellent. We were able to work on missionaries, pre-missionaries, and children from the orphanages. We did restorations, root canals, extractions and recall visits. The pace is relaxed and enjoyable, and at the end of the day you feel good about what you have done. We worked on an orphan girl named Nelci, age 4, who was as good a patient as you could ask for. We also saw patients from the MTC (CCM in Spanish) and potential missionaries. Over the past year, the clinic has prepared about 400 missionaries for service. The clinic is the perfect humanitarian service opportunity. You can go on your own schedule. You can serve the amount of time you want, from a week to months. You can go any time of the year, and the weather will be about 75 degrees—they call it “the land of the eternal spring.” It is not terribly expensive. You pay for the airfare and accommodations (from $30 to $85 a night), meals, and for any additional sightseeing excursions you want to take. Guatemala has many fascinating sites, like Tikal and Antigua, and beautiful places to visit. The clinic is all set up with modern equipment and supplies, as good as you have in your own office, so you don’t necessarily need to bring anything. You are providing a tremendous service by helping to prepare young people to serve missions. This changes their lives, intercepting potential problems of new missionaries before they get into the field and taking care of the sweetest young orphan kids. You will have a great experience. To reach them, contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You won’t regret going.
Spring Cruise Offered by Clinical Research
Clinical Research will offer a cruise March 3–10, 2012 where Gordon Christensen’s “Update” course will be given. Lois Banta will also give an office managers’ course on board. Contact CR Dentistry Cruise Department, Cruise & Travel Masters 800-267-0041 or email@example.com. Then to register for the Dentistry Update or Office Manager Courses, call the CR Foundation at 888-334-3200; mention you are a member of the LDS Academy and receive 15% discount on your tuition.
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