November 2017 Volume LIII Number 6

 
 
 
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PAC Corner

September 2017 Volume LII Number 5

Now is the Time to Step in or Step up Your Support!

In July you received a specific appeal from your PAC Steering Committee along with the 2016 PAC Annual Report that highlighted how important your support of the AAPD PAC is to our advocacy efforts. I urge you to review this report closely.

You may also have a received a phone call or e-mail from your PAC district representative or other PAC leader. This is a critical time to build up the AAPD PAC’s resources in anticipation of the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections. Your PAC leadership has set a bold goal of doubling our resources for this elec- tion cycle. With many critical issues for children’s oral health being debated in Congress such as ACA repeal and replace, CHIP reauthorization, and funding of Title VII health professions training (includ- ing dental faculty loan repayment), now is a critically important time to support the AAPD PAC.

Thanks to the many of you that have already supported the AAPD PAC via the voluntary PAC contribution "check-off" on your 2017 – 18 dues statement.

If you have not yet given this year, we need your support. The voluntary recommended support level for new dentists is only $100. If have been a regular PAC contributor at recommended level of $250, why not jump up to the next level of support such as Cabinet ($500 – 999) or Patriot ($1000 and above)? You can contribute online at https://www.aapd. org/advocacy/pac_contributions/.

Remember that if you want your dollars applied directly to candidate support, please make your PAC contribution via a personal credit card or check.

For further information about the AAPD PAC, please contact PAC Secretary C. Scott Litch at (312) 337-2169 ext. 29 or slitch@aapd.org.

Dr. Jeannie Beauchamp
PAC Steering Committee Chair

AAPD Communication Committee Connection

SDF in My Practice


Dr. Reza Ardalan, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

I remember sitting in a sparsely filled auditorium in Seattle at the 2015 Annual Session listening to Dr. Joel Berg talk about this new tool for caries management, silver diamine fluoride (SDF). A colleague and I looked at each other and thought...game changer. Rarely, does something come up in dentistry with the possibility to revolutionize the profession; SDF has that chance. Now, I’m not saying that it is a cure for all of our problems. What I am saying is that in my office it has changed the way I practice and view dentistry. I sedate less, I do less traditional restorative work, and I have happier patients (and parents!).

If you attended one of the many great lectures at this year’s Annual Session, you got more than your fill of SDF and the ever- changing research and protocols. In my office, I prefer to place multiple applications on the affected areas. Prior to doing this, I make sure that the parent understands what the end result will look like using a consent form with pictures. Using proper isolation, (not just of the patient but of my counters and trays as well), I generally place three applications of SDF on different days followed by a glass ionomer restoration if the patient is cooperative.

The landscape of pediatric dentistry is changing and silver diamine fluoride is on the leading edge. If you have yet to incorporate SDF in to your treatment plan, I urge you to consider adding it as a tool in your toolbox.

Share your ideas on AAPD’s Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/aapdinfo/.

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