Minnesota District News: January-February 2010

Minnesota District News: January-February 2010

Associate Editors:

Minneapolis District

Mark R. Omlie
Associate Editor

7373 France Avenue South, Suite 602
Edina, MN 55435

2010 Midwinter Meeting was the Place to Be!
More than 230 member dentists, dental students, and staff members joined in the 84th Annual Minneapolis District Midwinter Dental Meeting Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka. The meeting was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Student District Dental Society. The day began with a hot breakfast buffet and mingling time with colleagues and sponsors in the exhibit hall. Then, everyone turned his or her attention to the guest speaker for the day, Dr. Mark Hyman.

Dr. Hyman presented an outstanding lecture over the course of five hours. “A 360 Slam Dunk for Successful Teams - Complex Treatment Planning” offered the premise “Change is inevitable - growth is optional”, and proposed that in our fast-paced and quickly changing world, dental teams must commit to taking a serious look at every aspect of the practice. A comprehensive feedback process provides insight into performance, which allows everyone to discover opportunities for growth. Attendees learned how to diagnose, treatment plan, and deliver optimal care, whether single tooth, quadrant, or full mouth rehabilitation; how to discover the critical issues involved in successfully handling a new patient; and how to make certain the time you devote to the new patient is worthwhile and productive by using cutting edge technology and excellent listening skills. Attendees gained insight into creating a more effective and efficient new patient experience pattern.

Feedback ran along the lines of “Dr. Hyman has compassion and energy, and has renewed my enthusiasm 100%. He was outstanding. Thank you for having him lecture — bring him back again!”
Our thanks to Midwinter Program Chair Melissa S. Zettler and her committee members Alejandro M. Aguirre, Sandra J. Houck, James D. Nickman, Michael J. Perpich, Karen J. Reese, Herbert W. Schulte, Tasha T. Strait, and Jess N. Veil for producing another fine meeting.
Fifty-three commercial companies supported the meeting with financial contributions as well as their attendance in the exhibit hall. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation for their support. The MDDS wishes to extend a special Thank You to our sponsors for making it possible for the dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting students to be in attendance at the meeting. Without their continued support, this would not be possible.

Co-Sponsors of Dr. Mark E. Hyman’s lecture were CareCredit - Patient Payments Plans, Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., Philips Sonicare, and VOCO Dental America, Inc.

The Best of Us
The District’s next General Assembly Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2010 at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka. “Save a Tooth — Save a Smile” will be presented by the Minneapolis District’s own Tony DiAngelis.

Anthony J. DiAngelis, D.M.D., M.P.H. is currently a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and Chief of Dentistry at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is a 1969 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and received his Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, where he has been on faculty since 1972. Throughout his academic career Dr. DiAngelis has maintained a private practice in Minneapolis.

Dr. DiAngelis has been very active in organized dentistry, serving as president of the Minneapolis District Dental Society and past chair of the Minnesota Dental Association’s Scientific Session Committee, as well as serving in leadership capacities in several national professional organizations.

Tony is a frequent guest lecturer both nationally and internationally, and has contributed numerous publications to the scientific literature as well as having served or currently serving on the editorial boards of JADA, Quintessence, Dental Abstracts, and Dental Traumatology. He currently serves on the governing board of the International Association of Dental Traumatology, and contributed to the formulation of the 2007 Guidelines for the Management of Traumatic Dental Injuries.

Program Description. The literature suggests that the vast majority, 72%-91%, of traumatic dental injuries (TDI’s) occur before age 19. Also, in the adolescent and young adult population, up to 39% of TDI’s are thought to be sports related. While injuries may range from luxation to avulsion to root fracture, the most commonly occurring TDI is coronal fracture of the maxillary incisors. Clinicians today have both considerable experience and a broad range of dental materials with which to restore such injuries. This program will explore restoration of fractured teeth by reattachment of the fractured tooth segment. Utilizing a series of case studies, indications and techniques for reattachment will be presented. One core continuing education credit will be given for this lecture.

It’s a Date
The MDDS 2010 Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening will be Thursday, April 29, at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka. Officers for the upcoming year are Mark R. Omlie, president; Wendy S. Gulden, president-elect; the new vice-president (yet to be determined by the nominating committee at the time of publication of this article); and Gary A. Bolmgren, secretary/treasurer. The MDDS will present its Guest of Honor Recognition Award during the evening’s program as well. Please join us to honor these members as they take office for the 2010-2011 year, and to say thank you to Alejandro M. Aguirre for his past year of service as president of the District. Dr. Aguirre has been wearing two hats for the past six months — president and Minneapolis District trustee to the Minnesota Dental Association. Dr. Aguirre will continue to hold the office of MDDS trustee for the next two years. Thank you, Alejandro, for your time and service to the society!

Again this year, we will be honoring all the Minneapolis District past-presidents at this event. Please plan on attending this wonderful event, getting reacquainted with colleagues you have not seen in awhile, and enjoying the wine, dinner, and program. Watch your mail for the registration flier. If you have additional questions regarding this event, please contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845.

What? Where? Get my Clubs!
It’s back! The MDDS Golf Tournament will return this summer to the Golden Valley Golf Club in Eden Prairie. Chair Nancy Norling and her Golf Committee should be finalizing the date very soon. A blast e-mail will announce it, so be on yellow alert at least. The District is very excited to have the golf tournament back on the schedule. The event is held every other year, and 2010 is the year it’s here!

The day will kick off with a delicious lunch before a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. This event is open to all MDA members statewide, so plan a trip to the cities and join us! Lots of prizes and special events are held throughout the day for all participants. Please join us for what promises to be a great day!

The annual Trapshoot Tournament is set as well, for Wednesday, August 18. We will be returning to the Metro Gun Club in Blaine. The day will culminate with our traditional gourmet wild game dinner and prizes. Everyone is welcome even if you are not actively participating in the tournament.

The Greater Twin Cities Tennis Mixer is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8 at the Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie. This event will include members from both the Minneapolis and Saint Paul District Dental Societies. The Tennis Committee has a fantastic day arranged. Play on outdoor clay courts. Again this year, all competition is doubles. Play will go from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., with a dinner following. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to come.

Registration forms for all summer events will be included in upcoming issues of the Brush-Up newsletter. If you need more information, please contact the District Office at (651) 631-9845.

Welcome, New Members
Congratulations to the following new members of the District.
Omar Dyab, D.D.S.
Robert S. Jones, D.D.S.
Chia Lo, D.D.S.
Michele M. Olson, D.D.S.
Joseph F. Rinaldi, III, D.D.S.

Upcoming Programs and Events
Thursday, February 11, 2010
General Assembly Meeting

Subject: “Save a Tooth; Save a Smile”
Speaker: Dr. Anthony J. DiAngelis
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Meeting

Installation of President: Mark R. Omlie
2010 Guest of Honor: To Be Announced
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Minneapolis District Dental Society thanks the following companies for their support of the 2010 MDDS Midwinter Dental Meeting.

Gold Sponsors
3M-Espe Dental Products
Advanced Head & Neck Imaging Center
AFTCO Associates
Baker, Tilly, Virchow, Krause, LLP
Bank of America Practice Solutions
Benco Dental Supply Company, Inc.
Crescent Products, Inc.
Dyste Williams Agency
Erickson Technology
Excel Dental Studios
Federated Insurance
Gateway Bank
Harrison Dental Studio
Henry Schein Dental
Heritage Construction Companies
Hermanson Dental - a DTI Company
Junnila Company, Inc.
Karkela Construction, Inc.
Maguire & Strickland Refinishing, Inc.
Marsh Insurance Company
McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered
Oral DNA Labs, Inc.
Orascoptic Research
PEB - XL Dent
Peoples Bank of Commerce
POS - Professional Office Services
Procter & Gamble - Crest/Oral-B
Renstrom Dental Studio, Inc.
REX Medical Company
Saber Dental Studio
Shea Practice Transitions, P.A.
Sjoquist Architects, Inc.
Statements Plus Compliance Solutions, Inc.
Straumann USA, LLC
SunStar Butler
Udell Dental Laboratory
US Army Health Care Recruiting
US Bank
Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Wornson-Polzin Dental Lab

Silver Sponsors
Casey, Menden, Faust & Nelson, P.A.
Designs for Vision, Inc
HealthPartners Dental Group
Meuwissen, Flygare, Kadrik & Associates, P.A.
Park Dental
Sabo Dental Lab, Inc


Saint Paul District

Howard W. Taylor
Associate Editor

3909 Silver Lake Road N.E.
Saint Anthony, MN 55421-4352

SPDDS’ 56th Midwinter Meeting Honors the Dedication of Its Members
The Saint Paul District Dental Society held its 56th annual Midwinter Meeting Friday, January 15 at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel.
The Midwinter planning committee presented topics and speakers that appealed to all members of the dental team, and attendees were able to choose from nine Breakfast Seminars and nine Morning Speakers. Hosted by Christine Hermanson, SPDDS past presidents and invited guests enjoyed gathering for an early morning breakfast prior to the seminars.
Paul Kirkegaard was the recipient of the SPDDS 2010 Outstanding Service Award. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication he has given to our district. Dr. Kirkegaard served as SPDDS 91st president, and has made many generous contributions of his time and talent - always with a good attitude and a smile on his face.
Also honored with awards were Ann Lensing, CDA, RDA, B.A. for her outstanding work in the dental assisting field and Mary Bigelow, RDH, B.S. for her contributions to her profession and community.
Thirty six suppliers and representatives showcased their latest products and services at the Midwinter. We wish to offer our sincere thanks to the following companies for supporting our meeting.
Advanced Heat & Neck Imaging
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Benco Dental Co.
Bio Horizons
Brasseler USA
Dentsply-Tulsa Dental Specialties
Dyste Williams
Excel Dental Studios
Federated Insurance
Gateway Bank
GC America, Inc.
Harrison Dental Studio
Health Partners Dental
Hermanson Dental Lab
Junnila Company, Inc.
Karkela Construction
Lemke Dental Laboratories, Inc.
Marsh Consumer
Midwest Dental Benefits, Inc.
Northern Dental Alliance
Patterson Dental
Peoples Bank of Commerce
Philips Sonicare
Procter & Gamble
Renstrom Dental Studio, Inc.
Sabo Dental Lab, Inc.
Shea Practice Transitions, PA
Sjoquist Architects
Udell Dental Laboratory, Inc.
US Bank
VOCO America, Inc.
Wells Fargo Insurance Service

SPDDS has had the privilege of distributing funds from the George S. Monson Foundation for more than twenty years. Dr. Monson was a Saint Paul dentist and member until 1933. In 1981 his daughter, Ruth Monson, left several thousand dollars to create the George S. Monson Foundation for the purpose of supporting education in the field of dentistry. This year SPDDS awarded Monson Scholarships to one junior and three senior dental students. The scholarship winners were recognized at the luncheon/program.

Our thanks to the Midwinter committee for their time and talent in planning the 2010 meeting.

MDA and SPDDS Honors Members with 25 Years of Membership

The District recognizes and thanks the following members for their 25 years of participation in the Minnesota Dental Association and the Saint Paul District Dental Society.
Kurt Chroust
Keith Erickson
William Hite, Jr.
Scott Kajer
Stephen McDonnell
Thomas Musser
Roger Ollila
Kristi O’Kane
Terry O’Neill
Donald (Brad) Rindal
Steven Rodenburg

Darla Roelofs
Karl Self

MDA and SPDDS 50 Year Golden Club for 2009
Our congratulations and thanks to the following 50-year members of the Minnesota Dental Association and the Saint Paul District Dental Society.
Jerry Barnes
Gordon Doering
Harold Weisberg

Your support of organized dentistry is genuinely appreciated, and we hope that you will continue your involvement in your professional association throughout your dental career.

Welcome, New Members
Amy G. DeYoung, D.D.S.
Julia A. Garofalo Snell, D.D.S.
Jill Merrill, D.D.S.
Nicholas M. Weinand, D.D.S.

Calendar of Events
February 10, 2010
SPDDS Lunch & Learn Seminar

Speaker: Dr. David Resch
Subject: “OSHA in the 21st Century: It’s Not Your Mama’s Bacteria Anymore!”
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Minnesota Dental Association
Central Office
1335 Industrial Boulevard
Minneapolis, Minnesota

February 20, 2010
Children’s Dental Health Day

Minnesota Children’s Museum
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

March 2, 2010
Saint Paul District Dental Society

Executive Council Meeting

April 7, 2010
SPDDS Lunch & Learn Seminar

Subject: “Third Molars 1.0 - New Research”
Speaker: Dr. Karl Andreasen
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Minnesota Dental Association
Central Office
1335 Industrial Boulevard
Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 10, 2010
Saint Paul District Dental Society

Long Range Planning


Northeastern District

Gary Hedin
Associate Editor

324 W. Superior Street, Suite 828
Duluth, MN 55802

A Deeper Winter Than Usual
The Northeastern District is firmly entrenched in winter. After a pretty nice fall we have been sternly reminded that one thing we cannot control (yet) is the weather. The nice thing about it, though, is that you can either choose to embrace it, or go on vacation. While our colleagues in the southern part of the state can look forward to a season called “spring” in a few months, we are eagerly anticipating our version, called “mud”. So it goes. I hope that all of you have had the opportunity to do one or more of the following fun winter activities over the last couple months: ski, ice fish, snowmobile, build a snow fort with your kids, and take a vacation. Things I know you had to do but didn’t want to may include: chiseling ice off your driveway, paying your gas bill, jumpstarting your car, cleaning the chimney, or buying a new shovel/snowblower/plow. You just have to remember that without our unique weather, there wouldn’t be anything for us to talk about with our patients, staffs, or colleagues (except Brett Favre, I suppose).

December was a great month for our District. We had two events which took place December 4: our regular NEDDS meeting, and the Annual Midwinter Gala. Both events took place at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth. The speaker for our meeting was Dan Wickers, a CPA and partner in Cain Watters and Associates. They are a firm that provides comprehensive financial planning, tax, and accounting services. The title of his talk was “Accumulate, Preserve, and Perpetuate Your Assets”, and that is exactly what Dan talked about. It was actually a very interesting talk, focusing on some specific areas such as tax benefits to various investments and pension plans, financial goal setting, and ways to manage debt. There was plenty of time for questions during and after the talk, and I’m sure everyone left with a few ideas about things they wanted to change in their own financial situations.

You may have heard of a fellow named Lee Jess. During a luncheon ceremony after the meeting, Lee was recognized as our Guest of Honor. Friends and colleagues Mike Miskovich and Mike Hagley gave Lee a little roast, and his wife Mary Jo addressed the group as well. It was really a touching ceremony, and it was fun to hear Lee talk about all of his experiences in organized dentistry and the community of Grand Rapids. Lee is not resting on his laurels, however, and is running for Second Vice-President of the ADA. Let’s get behind him, and show the rest of the country what kind of people live in Northeastern Minnesota!

The Midwinter Gala was held in the evening after the NEDDS meeting, and it was really a good time! If you didn’t make it this year, you really should plan on coming next year (and I promise nobody is bribing me with free alginate to say this). The night started with piano music by Michael Patterson, and ended with dancing music by the Shack Shakers. Somewhere in between all that there was a lot of good conversation, food, cocktails, and general shenanigans. I think just about everyone was still there at midnight, which is always a good sign.

Well, I’ve eluded writer’s block long enough to give you a good look at what’s been happening in the Northeastern District. If you haven’t been to a meeting for awhile, make a point to attend one of the upcoming meetings. There are a lot of new faces in the Northeastern District and some really great people you might want to get to know!



Northwestern District

John E. Lueth
Associate Editor

P.O.Box 310
Bemidji, MN 56619

Musin’ on the Mississippi
It was a wonderful fall in northern Minnesota this year. The unseasonably warm weather kept almost everyone happy and outside for weeks longer than normal. Some took advantage of this to do fall yard chores at their normal time, and they were cheered immensely by not having frozen fingers or toes while accomplishing them. Others (and no small number fell into this group!) procrastinated during this rare gift of snowless mild climate and played merrily away, postponing the inevitable until they could “enjoy” doing the necessaries in the manner to which they were accustomed — shivering, cold, buried in snow, and much more difficult than it had to be when done by a righteous early achiever.

Deer hunters were one set of folks who, for the most part, did not express enthusiasm for the lack of snow. They could be observed in dental offices, public gathering places, and all around town repeating to themselves and any others who would listen their desire to have a nice little bit of the fluffy white stuff fondly referred to as “tracking snow”. It made no difference that there were so few deer to be seen that by most reports from around the north woods fresh snow would not have revealed deer tracks anyway!

Adding insult to injury was Mother Nature’s refusal to accommodate two other northern Minnesota November/December traditional wishes. There is the annually articulated desire of the hard water crowd to get temperatures which are cold enough by Thanksgiving to “put down some good ice” — thick enough to allow dark house spearing or ice angling by individuals on foot, and the chance to work off a few Turkey Day calories. (Of course, what they’re really wishing for goes far beyond walking on nice, solid, clear early ice. They want enough to drive on. Give a man a fish, he can feed himself for a day. Set him up in an eight by 20 foot tow-behind portable ice house with heater, cook stove and oven, indoor toilet, power generator, satellite TV, and bunks, and you’ll be lucky to see him before spring breakup!) The second wish is early snow on which the cross country skiers who own a good pair of “rock skis” can grind their way around the area ski trails. How do you wax for gravel? I know people who know!

Another consequence of the extended euphoria of a warm fall has been an apparent break in the lines of northwestern Minnesota dental news communication. Unaccustomed to the mild temperatures, the Red River ox carts lollygagged along, failing to deliver news of note to where the prairie meets the pine. Meteorological conditions were unfavorable for day-time interpretation of smoke signals. To sum up — no news of note. This has been previously proven in these pages to be a dangerous situation, and the Associate Editor was once again left to ponder what palette of pathetic puerile patter to print on these pages for perusal by professionals.

Patients are a Virtue
One longtime favorite patient, upon being ushered into the treatment room, recently complained, “At the (medical) clinic I get to read to my heart’s content. But I don’t get to read the magazines when I come here because you’re always on time!” We’re considering giving her the gift of a magazine subscription so that she might fulfill this need prior to arriving for her next appointment.

On a different day, getting another appointment off on the right foot was the quote by one of my favorite retired university professor patients — former Navy, still active fly-tier, and guy with such a funny sense of humor that we build extra time into his appointments. I suspect he had recently been listening to the news about a much discussed controversial means of interrogation. As I’m tilting him backwards in preparation for what I told him would be “exploration” of his fractured tooth, his comment was, “Makes me think of waterboarding!” The only thing I could offer, however, was the air/water spray up his nose. He’s still sputtering.

But finally “came the cold” — first without snow, which means deep freezing, which leads to once again being #83 on the list for the septic service guy to come steam open your frozen sewer lines! A nice ground-covering snow came the week before Christmas. That meant that this year the local downhill ski patrol only had to postpone the annual chair lift evacuation and ski skills refresher one week for lack of sufficient snow. They were thrilled to finally be lowering (pretend) injured patients to the ground from chair lifts gone kaput (again pretend) and hauling them down the hill in toboggans. These are the same patrollers who compete against each other in races down a slalom run with toboggan in tow! We’ve only treated two of our own number this year for ski related injuries.

Christmas arrived quickly, evidenced by the distinctive (or more accurately dis-stinked-ive) odor of lutefisk wafting around the entryways of area Lutheran churches, signaling offices to start sending and receiving greeting cards and gifts. There are calendars, chocolates, nuts, and cookies from labs, vendors, and referral specialists. Office staff photo greeting cards may show normal folks smiling to their colleagues as they send Holiday Wishes. Others may have dressed as pirates, gunslingers, or endodontists as a way to spice up their portrait greetings. It’s the deliveries containing chocolate which create pandemonium for our office. Why can’t Christmas truly last all the year ‘round?!

As for the holidays, one of my favorite gifts was from my Washington State cousin Wendi Jo. Herewith, Ghandi:

Ghandi is revered for having been an outstanding leader. Wherever he travelled around India he inspired people with his example. At the same time, because he preferred to travel by bare foot, he developed impressively thick skin on the soles of his feet. One could not help but notice Ghandi’s physical stature. He was very slight in build. It almost appeared as if the slightest bump or knock might cause him to break in two. It is true that his Hindu faith anchored his spiritual nature and he enlightened many people in an understanding of the mysteries of the universe. And we know that his diet was simple and vegetarian, in keeping with his faith, and he often fasted. But as it happens, there were a number of odd things that he ate which cursed him with horribly bad, foul breath. Yes, it can be said that Ghandi truly was a Super Calloused Fragile Mystic Hexed With Halitosis!

Another gift of the season was a very special one delivered by Visnja, the maker of one of my favorite baked delights — the so-called Little Roses of Sarajevo. One day about a week before Christmas she slipped into the office during the noon hour and dropped off a beautiful loaf of the traditional German pastry treat known as Stollen. Stollen is a loaf of Christmas cake usually containing dried fruit, nuts, spices, marzipan...delectable things all! It is iced on the outside with powdered sugar, and Visnja had beautifully wrapped it in decorative cellophane for all to enjoy. What can you say?!

Early in December at our dental office we begin to set out hot spiced apple cider and homemade cookies for patients to enjoy and to show our appreciation for them. It’s amazing how all the delivery guys stop to chat this time of year! Having thrown together a batch of my favorite sugar cookie dough, I located my trusty cookie cutter in the shape of a mandibular molar and stamped out 15-20 dozen cookies to set out at the front desk. The recipe, from a Mennonite cookbook, makes cookies that are just mildly sweet. We tweak them with a splash of almond extract, reminding me of my German and Norwegian heritage. Not frosting keeps them looking more the color of natural teeth, keeps the sweetness down...and is less work.

By December 23, an almost countless number of molar tooth cookies had been consumed when Evelyn, another longstanding favorite patient, was ready to depart. Upon seeing the cookie treats I had just recommended, she asked the front desk staff, “Why are you making cookies shaped like an old-fashioned swim suit?!” It just goes to show ya, it’s all in your perspective!

Well, as Walter Cronkite may have said, “That’s the way it was.” These musings are not important because they were experienced by me. Nor are they just column inches to fill an issue of this journal. Rather, I put them forth that they might serve as a reminder to all of us about little things which fill our lives with laughter, joy, thankfulness, and the many experiences which combine to actually be the stuff from which our lives are composed. Life is what happens to us while we’re waiting for something we figure to be really important to come our way.

Please send mail or news of note in order to prevent further musing, but in the meantime Best Wishes for a meaningful, prosperous, and fulfilling 2010!


Sugar Cookies
Cream together:
1 2/3 Cups sugar
1 Cup lard, margarine, or Crisco shortening
2 eggs
1 Cup sour cream
(plain non-fat yogurt will work too)
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract

Stir in:
2 tsp. baking powder
8 - 8 1/2 Cups sifted flour (note: stir in approx.
7 Cups sifted flour and work in the last 1 - 1 1/2 Cups when rolling out the cookies)
Chill dough. Roll out, sprinkle with a little sugar if desired, and roll over again lightly. Cut into small rounds (...or molars!)
Bake at 375˚ for 10-12 minutes.


Student District

Tim Anderson
Associate Editor

1362 Preston Lane
Shakopee, MN 55379

ASDA Students Give Back
Anna Kenney, Reporter
It all started with the idea that our student chapter could do more for our community. Our chapter has long prided itself on the outreach activities we have done in area schools, with Give Kids a Smile, and with our weekly volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic in Saint Paul. However, when we added a new committee with the purpose of coordinating community outreach and philanthropy events, we knew we wanted to make a bigger impact in the Twin Cities.

When the question of “doing more” was asked, we decided on supporting the Union Gospel Mission in a way other than through their dental clinic, via their holiday “Adopt-a-Family” program. Being an inaugural event, we set a goal of “adopting” two families, both with three children, and hoped for the best. These families, through various circumstances, are living in the Union Gospel Mission’s Naomi Family Residence, a home for the homeless. The children from the families we adopted ranged in age from six months to eight years old. Their Christmas lists were short, and included various toys, clothing, and diapers. One little girl didn’t ask for any specific toys, but just simply wrote “I LOVE Hannah Montana”.

After adopting these families, we set up a table near our student locker room with a sign-up sheet for students to choose a gift to buy for the children or to buy a Rainbow or Target gift card for the parents. The response was phenomenal. Even though they were up to their ears in debt, the dental students provided $350 in cash donations and approximately $550 in clothes, toys, diapers, dental care items, and gift cards for the families. The cash was used to buy additional gifts, clothes, winter items, hygiene necessities, and gift cards. Because of the overwhelming response, we were able to adopt a third family and provide gifts for three more children. With four huge boxes full of clothes and toys for the families, several student volunteers spent an evening wrapping and labeling gifts. The gifts were later delivered to the Naomi Family Residence, where they would be given to the families. We hope that our student chapter brightened these families’ holidays and brought hope in an otherwise difficult situation.

If your dental district is interested in adopting a family next holiday season, please contact the Union Gospel Mission volunteer coordinator Linda Fereira at LFereira@ugmtc.org, or visit the Union Gospel Mission’s website: www.ugmtc.org.

Special thanks to the Union Gospel Mission volunteer coordinator Linda Fereira, the ASDA Philanthropy and Community Outreach committee chairs David Nedrelow (D1) and Chad Larson (D1), and all the students who donated gifts or money.


West Central District

Jeanni R. Foss
Associate Editor

15167 Edgewood Drive, Suite 240
Baxter, MN 56425

When “Whilst” Comes Out Funny, It’s Time for Some Cheese
It is always a good thing to be able to report that our district has continued to grow, and the proof can be seen by the increased involvement in our events.

This November we had a great turnout for the Wine, Cheese, and Digital Photography event at the Historic Grandview Lodge in Brainerd. Although it was the dreaded eve before deer opener, we had plenty of dentists and their guests arriving at the newly built Gull Lake Center. The Wine Cellar staff surprised our dentist attendees and their guests with a class on the wines from Spain. We had great ambiance, with a guitarist playing in the background whilst sampling cheese, wine, and several appetizers.

The speaker for the evening was Rick Spaulding, who discussed digital dental photography. He dove into the technical aspects of digital cameras, lighting, and composition. We especially want to extend our thanks to Patterson Dental Supply and Benco Dental Supply for their donations of door prizes for the event. The grand prize winner was Scott Timmons, who practices in Baxter. He was excited to win a new Canon G11 digital camera and case!

Our district’s annual meeting was held January 15-17 at Cragun’s Resort in East Gull Lake, with the family fun weekend tradition continuing. The speaker for the Saturday course was David Satin, M.D., who discussed ethics in dentistry. After lunch, we all enjoyed the open pool, spa, and bingo, all of which provided chances to meet other dentists and their families. Cross country ski trails, snowmobile trails, and dog sledding trails all surround this resort, and it was in our thoughts as we planned to hope that the weather would allow families to utilize these picturesque scenes.

The year’s event itinerary was decided in January along with officers for the year, the open position being vice-president for 2010.

Please remember that any news is good news, and I will accept all relevant photos not taken with cell phones sent to my email!


Travis A. Schmitt
Associate Editor

204 4th Street SW, Suite 144
Austin, MN 55912-4427

Drum Roll ...

Announcing the 2010 Southeastern District Dental Society Annual Meeting Friday, August 20, 2010 in Austin, Minnesota at the Hormel Historic Home with world class speakers from the Mayo Clinic discussing pediatric plastic surgery (clefts and more) and other interesting topics.

Great food: lobster tails, filet mignon with red wine sauce ...Wine tasting ... Golf ... Tennis ... Door prizes ... Toga party with Chris Carroll as host...Polka dance... and water balloon toss.
Aren’t you excited? Be ready to sign up!

And the Answer is ...
1. True or False: Dr. Frederick Nolting and Paul Revere have something in common.

Answer: True. Both worked as dentists. In addition to earning a living as a silversmith and copper plate engraver, Paul Revere also worked as a dentist. In 1776, in the first known case of post mortem dental forensics, Revere verified the death of his friend Dr. Joseph Warren in the battle of Breed’s Hill when he identified the bridge he had constructed for Warren. Very interesting. I thought he only spied on the British.

2. George Washington’s teeth were made of:
a. Hickory
b. Pine
c. Slivers
d. Oak
e. None of the above

Answer: e. George had several sets of dentures, made of a combination of material from hippopotamus, cow, and walrus. Sorry, no wood.

3. True or False: Dr. Chris Carroll, our district trustee, sports a mighty fine toga.

Answer: True. It puts the old Romans to shame.
Come and see for yourself on August 20. Oh by the way, Mike Flynn also looks pretty dapper in a toga.

4. True or False: Cocaine is a local anesthetic.

Answer: Absolutely true. It is an “aine”. However, its usefulness in dentistry is debatable.

5. True or False: The American Dental Association was founded in 1859 at the SEDDS Annual Meeting in Austin, Minnesota.

Answer: Absolutely true — er, I mean, false. Twenty-six dentists met at Niagara Falls, New York and formed the American Dental Association.

6. True or False: If you graduated from dental school before 1990, you owe Robert Arthur your sincere thanks and gratitude.

Answer: True. Arthur originated the cohesive gold foil method, allowing dentists to insert gold into a cavity with minimal pressure. The foil is fabricated by annealing, a process of passing gold through a flame, making it soft and malleable. You gotta love those gold foils.

7. True or False: You have attended a dental meeting sponsored by your dental society.

Answer: If your answer is true, you have passed this quiz and get an “A”. If your answer is false, we have an opportunity for you on August 20th in Austin. It will be fun! If you don’t show up, you flunk. Remember, a group of only 26 dentists started the ADA — your participation IS IMPORTANT!! Signing off ...