May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Member News

September 2018 Volume LIII Number 5

2018 – 19 Membership Renewal

We couldn’t do it without you. Membership in your specialty organization is important not only for you but what it allows us to do for children. Don’t hesitate. To pay your membership dues go to For any questions regarding your membership please email Membership dues are due Oct. 1, 2018.

Attention: Class of 2018

The AAPD congratulates all June postdoctoral graduates on their commencement into the profession. We would also like to remind you about the many reasons why membership in the AAPD is so important, especially at this point in your career.

  • Free transition from student to active membership. This applies only if you complete an active membership application and return it to the

  • AAPD headquarters office prior to Dec. 31, 2018.

  • To be listed as an Active Member in the printed 2019 Membership Directory applications must have been received by Sept. 1, 2018. Member- ship applications are available at

  • Recent graduate are afforded one year dues-waived and two years of reduced membership dues at 50 percent off the full active membership dues rate if they have maintained continuous membership. The dues reduction rate would translate to (see PDF attached)

Transition from student membership to active membership is not automatic. Student members must submit an application and a copy of  their pediatric dentistry certificate to the AAPD office.

Alternatively, program directors may send a list of graduating residents to verify the completion their program to our office to membership@ and AAPD will automatically update their membership status to Active; otherwise the student must send in an application with certifi- cate. For questions regarding student to active membership please contact AAPD Membership Department at (312) 337-2169.

The Dental Trauma Guide – Evidence-Based Treatment Guide

In 2005, researchers at the University Hospital of Copenhagen started the Dental Trauma Guide to capitalize on an extensive dental trauma injuries database they had collected. The extensive catalog of trauma data is used to produce prognosis estimates for different injuries, and allows comparison of competing treatments.

Due to a loss of funding the Dental Trauma Guide is now a membership-based website. For AAPD members, the fee (normally $25 per year)
is a nominal $7 per user per year.

To subscribe:

  • Visit

  • Select the number of individual users that need to have access to the Dental Trauma Guide.

  • You now have access to the unique services of the Dental Trauma Guide.

University of Illinois at Chicago Receives $2 Million to Build Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgery Center
The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) announced a $2 million grant to the UIC College of Dentistry to help build a Pediatric Dentistry Ambulatory Surgery Center with two general an- esthesia (GA) suites and four sedation rooms. "The ILCHF has been a wonderful partner to us for many years," said Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, Chicago Dental Society professor and Head, Department of Pediatric Dentistry. "They understood our needs and the needs of the children, and they decided to support us in building this Center."

The college’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry has become the largest safety net for underserved children in Illinois. Many children served have chronic health conditions and 97 percent are at or below the poverty line. There is currently a GA wait list of over 1,300 children, representing a wait of two years because of limited access to operating rooms. The grant will allow the Department of Pediat- ric Dentistry to serve an additional 1,000 pediatric patients annually under GA and many more under sedation.
"Far too many Illinois children don’t receive the dental care they need," said Heather Alderman, president of the ILCHF. "This situa- tion is unconscionable when you consider how treatable and prevent- able this disease is."

"I want to express my deepest gratitude to ILCHF on this transformational grant," said Dean Clark Stanford.  "The Pediatric Dentistry Surgery Center will have a profound impact on the delivery of oral health care to children in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois for generations to come."

Other partners in the project include the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, which gave $600,000; Coleman Foundation, which pro- vided $150,000; and the Health Community Foundation and the West Lake Foundation, each of which provided $100,000.

To date, ILCHF has committed over $30 million to children’s oral health programs across the state. They are the only statewide private foundation solely focused on improving the oral health of all children in the state of Illinois. For additional information about ILCHF, visit
Volunteering in a Field Dental Clinic in Cambodia

By Kim Troggio and Will Mateo

It was a sun-drenched, 80-degree winter day in Siem Reap, Cambodia, when I sat down with AAPD member Nick Lombar- dozzi, D.D.S., a pediatric dentist from Midlo- thian, Va. Tanned and smiling, Lombardozzi spoke with the slow, contented cadence of someone who had recently completed a job both taxing and deeply satisfying.

Lombardozzi hadn’t traveled to this par- ticular corner of paradise to enjoy a leisurely vacation consisting of margaritas and long naps. He was in Cambodia with a greater purpose in mind.

His mission: Lombardozzi worked out of a temporary dental clinic to provide compre- hensive dental care to impoverished children from the Cambodian countryside. Alongside a team of five other dentists, a hygienist, and a handful of non-specialized volunteers, he and the rest of the team spent a week giving dental exams, cleanings, restorations and extractions to 700 children with no other access to care.

Lombardozzi’s team volunteered with Global Dental Relief (GDR), a charity that brings dental care to children in five countries across the globe. Since 2001, Global Dental Relief volunteers have treated over 155,000 children. This work combines the opportu- nity to do immense good for children in need, with cultural excursions that immerse volun- teers in the host culture and local sights.

Prior to his travel with Global Dental Relief, Lombardozzi had not traveled much beyond a two hour trip to the beach. Any anxiety he had about his first service trip to Guatemala in 2012 was immediately put to rest by what he describes as the superb lead- ership of the group. Every Global Dental Re- lief trip is overseen by two seasoned leaders who travel, live and work with the volunteers for the duration of their stay abroad.
Lombardozzi’s current trip to Cambodia is his third with Global Dental Relief. In addition to Cambodia and Guatemala, he volunteered in Ladakh, India. Ladakh is a far-northern, Himalayan region of India that is home to the world’s largest group of Ti- betans in exile. It is a fascinating mix of Bud- dhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim culture, living in this rugged area under towering mountain ranges.

Global Dental Relief hosts 22 clinics
a year in Nepal, India, Kenya, Cambodia and Guatemala. All dental equipment and supplies are provided, volunteers only need  to bring their enthusiasm and open hearts to the clinic. GDR project leaders fly in a few days before the dentists to set up the clinic and ensure populations of children are ready to be seen. The result is a well-oiled machine, in which 100 plus children receive complete dental care each day. After a week of hard work and many smiles, volunteers who arrived strangers, are now lifelong friends, connected by their common mission to help children live happier, healthier lives.

What Lombardozzi loves most about vol- unteering is the very special camaraderie that emerges on each team. He says, "It’s a cer- tain type of person who volunteers to bring their skills to far-flung corners of the globe." People like Lombardozzi and his fellow vol- unteers have a deep well of compassion and a healthy sense of adventure. He says that
he is constantly struck not just by the quality of his fellow volunteers, but by how warm, welcoming and good-natured local people are everywhere that he has traveled with Global Dental Relief.

In addition, it is the immense need of the kids that motivates Lombardozzi to volunteer time and again. He explains, "You see things you don’t see at home—bombed out molars and infections are the rule, not the excep- tion." He tells the story of Sukong, a boy he had just finished treating. Practically every tooth in Sukong’s head was heavily decayed, yet the boy kept great cheer throughout his extensive treatment. "He always had a
smile of gratitude on his face," Lombardozzi explains. "Ten years from now, I’ll still have that image in my mind." In just two visits, Sukong made the transition from longstand- ing chronic infection to good dental health.

Lombardozzi says he too has been trans- formed by this work. "When you perform work that is both so necessary and fulfilling," he says, "volunteering quickly becomes part of who you are." He explains that, "volun- teering with such high-need populations, you just want to take care of the kids as best you can—it’s the only thing on your mind."

Many more children remain to benefit from Lombardozzi’s compassionate and experienced hands in the future —he is headed to Kenya with GDR this month to serve children—he says his only regret is not having started this work when he was even younger. "It’s made me more complete,"  he said leaning back with a tired, yet deeply contented smile.

Join us and see the world as you’ve never seen it before! You don’t have to be a dentist to volunteer!

For more information on volunteer opportunities visit the Global Dental Relief website at:, email: volunteer@globaldental- or call (303) 858-8857.

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