NEWS

10/27/2019

Date: November 18, 2019

Time: 6:15-9 PM

Location: Matthew’s 1600 Restaurant

Speaker Dr. Thomas Viola, PharmD

Topic : Local Anesthetics, Vasoconstrictors, and Clinical Considerations.  “I Have Become….Comfortably Numb”

Sponsor: Colgate Oral

 

Dear Doctor,

     Leaves are raining down on us like the snowflakes of the harvest season.  Halloween is just around the corner.  The Greater Catonsville Dental Study is moving forward into the meat of our academic year.  The topic for the November meeting of the study club is entitled “I have become …Comfortably numb.”  The learning objectives for the evening program are as follows:

  1. The participant should be able to explain the basic mechanism of local anesthetic agents

  2. The participant should be able to differentiate between the two major classes of local anesthetic agents with respect to their distribution, metabolism, adverse effects, drug interactions and contraindications

  3. The participant should be able to discuss the rationale for the use of vasoconstrictors in local anesthetic solutions and their potential effects in common organ disease states

  4. The participant should be able to specify the various local anesthetic agent combinations most commonly used in dentistry and the rationale for their use in specific clinical situations.

 

Management of odontogenic pain may be accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates intra operative local anesthesia.  However, improper and inappropriate use of local anesthetic agents has the potential to produce life threatening, systemic adverse reactions.  Thus, a thorough knowledge  of the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents is essential for their safe and effective use.

 

This program will provide participants with an overview of local anesthetic agents commonly used in dental practice.  Special emphasis will be given to developing strategies and techniques essential to accurately identify the need for pain control, individualize patient care, and assess the efficacy of the local anesthetics administered.

 

With over 30 years experience as a pharmacist, educator, speaker and author, Tom Viola, R.PH.,C.C.P. has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for delivering quality continuing education content through his informative engaging presentations.  Tom’s sellout programs provide an overview of the most prevalent oral and systemic diseases and the most frequently prescribed drugs used in their treatment.  Special emphasis is given to dental considerations and strategies for effective patient care planning.

 

As a clinical educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of twelve dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year.  Tom instructs dental hygiene students and practice dental hygienists in pharmacology and local anesthetic preparation for national board exams.

 

As a published writer, Tom is well known internationally for his contributions to several professional journals in the areas of pharmacology, pain management and local anesthesia.  In addition, Tom has served as a contributor, chapter author, and peer reviewer for several pharmacology textbooks.

 

As a speaker, Tom has presented continuing education courses to dental professionals internationally since 2001.  Meeting planners agree that Tom is their choice to educate audiences within the dental specialty.

 

The November meeting will be held at Matthew’s 1600 Restaurant at 1600 Frederick Road.  Dinner starts at 6:15 PM.  The evening program begins promptly at 7 PM.  Two hours of Continuing education credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening presentation.  Guests are always welcome - the guest fee will be set at $60 for dental hygienists and staff.  The guest fee for doctors will be $75.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Please mail your checks to Dr. Wink St Cyr.  His office address is 2114 Edmondson Ave. Catonsville, MD 21228.  For those of you that have not yet sent in your dues please mail them to Dr. St Cyr ASAP.  Dues for the 2019-20 study club year remain at $300.

 

Please refer to the study club website for a list of upcoming meetings.  RSVP to my office if you are planning on attending the November meeting of the study club.  My office phone number is 410-744-4222.  You can also RSVP via e-mail.  My e-mail address is dbastac1@jhmi.edu.  Hope to hear from you soon.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Bastacky

8/26/2019

 

Date: September 18, 2019

Time: 6:16- 8:30 PM

Location: Matthew’s 1600

Topic: Acupuncture for the treatment of Xerostomia and for traumatic pain control

Speaker: Dr. Joan Ordman, MD

 

Dear Doctor,

     The school year starts next week.  This is a signal that the study club year is officially ready to begin.  Our executive board has put together a great schedule for the 2019-2020 study club year.  Our first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night September 18, 2019.  Dr. Joan Ordman  will be our evening presenter.  Dr. Ordman graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine with her MD degree in 1986.  After an internship in internal medicine at University of Pittsburgh, she completed her training in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital.
       After a 2-year stint as an Emergency Room Physician, she entered into private practice in Internal Medicine.  In addition to Internal Medicine, she is also boarded in Integrative Medicine and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. She specializes in pain control and treating individuals that don't respond to conventional treatments.  In 2011 she was asked by the Navy to set up the first inpatient acupuncture service for pain control for the Wounded Warriors 24 hours off the battlefield. This has now become standard of care in the Military in both inpatient and outpatient settings, on the battlefield and to the Special Forces.  She has also taught this technique throughout the country.
 She has frequently lectured at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Maryland and throughout the country on integrating conventional medicine with holistic medicine.
     In addition to working as a medical consultant with the Social Security Administration, she has a private practice in Owings Mills, MD and volunteers giving medical services to the uninsured.  She has participated in projects to Nicaragua and Tanzania giving medical care in these underserved areas.

 

Synopsis
This course will focus on alternative treatments for Xerostomia, whether caused by surgery, radiation, medication or autoimmune causes. 
These treatments can modify the symptoms for months to years, and are safe, effective and usually require only 2-3 treatments.  Hopefully there will be time to address the applications of Acupuncture in the treatment of traumatic pain. 

     Two hours of CE credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening presentation.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee is $70.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Please send in your dues for the 2019-2020 study club year.  Dues remain stable at $300 for the 5 evening programs.    This year’s programming will include a Narcotics Update course presented by Dr. Dick Wynn and an OSHA Update.  Both of these courses are core requirements by the State Board of Dental Examiners for renewal of your dental license.  The remaining evening programs will be an overview of Hepatitis, TB and HIV ,presented by Dr. David Bastacky, and an update on innovations /pharmacology of local anesthetic agents, presented by Dr. Thomas Viola.  We are still working on the all day meeting which is scheduled for April 22, 2020.

     Please go to the study club website and check to make sure that your demographic information is accurate. The website address is GCDSC.org.   RSVP for the upcoming study club meeting scheduled for September 18, 2019 by either calling my office at 410-744-4222 or e-mailing me at dbastac1@jhmi.edu.  Send your dues to Dr. Wink St Cyr at 2114 Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228.  See you in a couple of weeks.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky

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3/5/2019

Date: March 20, 2019

Time: 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Rolling Road Golf Club

Topic: Understanding the Diagnosis and Treatment Options of the Sleep Apnea Patient

Speaker: Ms. Linda Blackiston, RDH

Sponsor: Phillips Sonicare

 

Dear Doctor,

     The groundhog didn’t see his shadow.  According to Punxsutawney Phil , we should see an early spring.  He knows more about weather forecasting than Marty Bass.  I won’t ask him for the weather forecast for March 20, 2019.  Plan on attending the upcoming evening program sponsored by the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club which is scheduled on March 20, 2019.  The evening program is entitled “Understanding the Diagnosis and Treatment Options of the Sleep Apnea Patient”. Ms. Linda Blackiston,RDH, from Phillips Sonicare, will be the evening speaker.  Dental professionals are on the front line when it comes to discussing Sleep Apnea with our Baby Boomer dental patients.  Sleep medicine  has become a hot button topic in an era when patients are looking for a clear alternative to CPAP to manage Obstuctive Sleep Apnea.  Topics to be covered in this evening program about OSA include :  identifying the clinical signs and symptoms of the sleep apnea patient, understanding the components of a sleep study, learning the language of a sleep study, and determining which treatment modalities are available to the OSA population.  Where does the dental practitioner fit in to the treatment sequence of the OSA patient?  Hopefully Linda will also discuss the medical billing options associated with sleep medicine consultations, and sleep medicine TAP appliances.  The train has long ago left the station when it comes to diagnosis and treatment of the sleep apnea patient.  It’s not too late to jump onboard this moving train.

     The evening program will be held at the Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville, MD.  A hearty dinner buffet will be served prior to the start of the evening program.  Dinner starts at 6:15 PM.  The evening program will begin promptly at 7 PM.  One and one half hours of continuing education credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening program.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee is $75.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Please register your guests in advance.  Checks should be mailed to Dr. Wink St. Cyr.  His office address is 2114 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228.  Please RSVP to my office by calling 410-744-4222 or by responding via      e-mail.  My e-mail address is dbastac1@jhmi.edu.

      Please refer to the enclosed brochure regarding the All Day Symposium  scheduled for April 24,2019.  The speaker for the all day meeting is Dr. Dennis Lynch DSS, PhD ,an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist          from Marquette University School of Dental Medicine.   Patients frequently present with unusual, interesting and often significant oral diseases, infections, syndromes and other conditions.  This course is designed to provide dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with information on a variety of relevant, but otherwise unrelated topics.  The course is divided in to four sections: Recurrent Oral Ulcers, Infectious Hazards, Salivary Gland Diseases, and Oral Cancer.  Emphasis will be placed on the clinical recognition, diagnosis and management of these entities.  The All Day Symposium is a great dental team building activity.  We can only have a successful meeting if the study club membership supports and attends the all day program.  Ten to twelve vendors will be at the meeting to show their support for our study club.

     The Annual Healthcare Provider CPR Course is scheduled for Tuesday night June 11, 2019 at the MSDA Headquarters  in Columbia, MD.  Sign up for the course and bring your staff.  The Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners  requires this course for dental relicensure. 

     Look for information about the Annual Oriole Baseball game in late June 2019.  Not sure who the opponent will be at this time.  Should be an interesting year for the Orioles.

     See you in a couple of weeks.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky

10/10/2018

Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club Meeting                                          

Date: November 14, 2018

Time: 6:15 PM -8:30 PM

Location: Rolling Road Golf Club

Topic: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What it Means for You, Key Changes under the new tax reform act for businesses and individuals

Speaker: Mr. John Lyons, JD, CPA, MBA, an officer with Gorfine Schiller and Gardyn CPA firm

 

Dear Doctor,

     It still feels like summer around here but we all know that fall is in the air.  The leaves are starting to pile up in my yard reminding me of one more item that will soon be on my to do list.  The study club year is rounding in to form as the November study club meeting quickly approaches.  The topic for the upcoming study club meeting is entitled”Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What it means for You, Key changes under the new tax reform act for businesses and individuals.”  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act(TCJA) will generate the most significant tax changes in three decades.  Signed in to law on December 22, 2017, the TCJA implements many changes affecting both individuals and businesses, starting in 2018.  Mr. Lyons will highlight the major impacts for businesses and individuals under the new TCJA. Below is a list of topics to be covered at this informative evening presentation:

     Changes for Businesses

     *Corporate tax Cut

     *Corporate alternative minimum tax(AMT)

     *Capital Asset Expensing and Depreciation Provisions

          1.) Section 179 deductions

          2.) First Year Bonus Depreciation

     *Business Vehicle Deduction

     *Business Entertainment and Employee Fringe Benefits

     *Cash Method Accounting

     *Net Operating Losses(NOLS)

     *Like-Kind Exchanges

     *Pass-Through Businesses

     *Limitation on W-2 Wages

     *Limitation on Service Business Income

 

     Changes for Individuals

     *Income Tax Brackets

     *Standard Deductions

     *Itemized Deductions

     *Child Tax Credit

     *529 Education Savings Plan

     *Estate Tax exemption

     *Kiddie Tax

     *Healthcare Individual Mandate Penalty

     *What stays the same for individuals?

     John Lyons is an officer in the Gorfine Schiller and Gardyn(GSG) tax department with over 34 years experience in public accounting and tax services provided to corporations, partnerships and individuals.  John specializes in domestic tax planning and strategies for corporations, partnerships and individual taxpayers.  His expertise also includes tax strategies and planning for high net worth individuals, corporate taxation, tax strategies for businesses in reorganization, debt restructuring and merger and acquisition tax planning.  John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Stockton University in 1981, his Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Marylandin 1985 and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Maryland in 1985.  He received his CPA certification in 1987.  He has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1985.

     The time to plan for filing both your corporate and individual income tax returns should be long before April 15, 2019.  This year of tax law changes has been difficult for individuals and businesses to understand and plan for.  The final version of the tax law keeps changing as the year turns from season to season.  Hopefully John will be able to shed light on many of these changes so that we won’t be unprepared come April of next year.

     The meeting will be held at the Rolling Road Golf Club.  Dinner starts at 6:15 PM and the lecture will begin promptly at 7 PM.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee is $75.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  For those of you that have already sent in your dues for the 2018-19 study club year nothing more needs to be said.  For those of you that have not yet sent in your dues please send them to Wink St. Cyr at his office.  Dues for this year remain unchanged at $300.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Mail your dues checks to Dr. Wink St. Cyr, 2114 Edmondson Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228.

     Please refer to the study club website for all upcoming meetings.  News about upcoming events will be posted to the site, handouts for each meeting will also be available on the site.  A membership roster is also posted on the website.  Please check your listing to make sure that your demographic information is correct.

     Please RSVP to my office if you are planning on attending the upcoming meeting for the study club.  My office phone number is 410-744-4222.  You can also RSVP via e-mail.  My e-mail address is dbastac1@jhmi.edu.  See you in a few weeks.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky

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9/3/2018

Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club Meeting                                          

Date: September 17,2018

Time: 6:15 -8:45 PM

Location: Matthews 1600

Topic: “ Implant Complications From a Restorative Dentist’s Perspective- How to Prevent Them and How to Deal With Them?”

Speaker:  Dr. Carl F. Driscoll DDS

 

Dear Doctor,

     It’s Labor Day today and the study club year is about to get rolling.  The first meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday night September 17, 2018.  The meeting will be held at Matthew’s 1600 at 1600 Frederick Road in Catonsville , MD  The topic for the evening program is entitled “ Implant Complications From a Restorative Dentist’s Perspective- How to Prevent Them and How to Deal with Them?”   Dr. Carl Driscoll is our evening speaker.  Carl is well known to the dental community here in the Baltimore metropolitan region.  Dr. Driscoll currently serves as a Full Professor at the University of Maryland Dental School and as Director of the Prosthodontic Residency Program.  Dr. Driscoll is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists(ACP).  He is also a Diplomate of the Academy of Prosthodontics.  Dr. Driscoll has served as president of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, president of the American Board of Prosthodontics and as president of the ACP.  Dr. Driscoll has given over 350 presentations nationally and internationally and has authored over 75 publications.

     Traditional implant restorations that have been used for years have proven to be very fruitful for both the patient , the surgeon and the prosthodontist.  However, they are not without their own set of potential complications that may arise.  This presentation includes many situations where the dentist is faced with an unhappy patient due to due to specific complications that have arisen during the implant treatment sequence.  Spend time at this informative and entertaining presentation where we will identify numerous problems that have arisen during the implant treatment sequence .  We will discuss methods that have been developed to trouble shoot these issues and resolve them to everyone’s satisfaction.  This program is suitable for dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.

     The board of the Catonsville Dental Study Club has worked diligently during the summer months to set the evening program schedule and the all day educational symposium lecture schedule.  We believe that the evening programs will keep our membership abreast of the latest in dental technology and dental materials.  These programs will satisfy the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners licensing requirements for your biennial licensure renewal.  Please refer to the enclosed list of programs to get an overviewi of  this year’s schedule of CE courses .

     Dues this year remain at $300.  Your dues cove the administrative costs of running the study club.  The dues also entitle you to attend the 5 evening programs(dinner included) which are scheduled for September, November, January, March and May.  Membership in the study club also provides you with a discount of $50 for our all day meeting and a $10 discount to the annual Healthcare provider CPR course which will be held the first Wednesday night in June 2019.  Our study club is the best CE bargain in the Baltimore Metropolitan Region.  Please send your dues in to Dr. Wink St Cyr prior to the first meeting of the year which is only 2 weeks away.  Wink’s address is :  2114 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228.  Any questions about the study club feel free to call Wink at 410-747-6910 or Dave Bastacky at 410-744-4222.  Please encourage your colleagues to join the study club.  Consider bringing your staff to any of our meetings.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee is $75.  Checks for the dues and or guest fee should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.

     Looking forward to seeing you in 2 weeks.  Please RSVP to my office if you are planning on attending the evening program on September 17, 2018.  My office phone number is 410-744-4222.  My e-mail address is dbastac1@jhmi.edu.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky

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10/30/2017

Re: Greater Catonsville Study Club Meeting                                       

Date: November 13,2017

Time: 6:15-8:30 PM

Location: Matthew’s 1600 Restaurant

Topic : Radiology in Today’s Dental Practice: Fundamentals and the Future

Speaker: Dr. Jeffery Price DDS,MS

 

Dear Doctor,

 

     The storm last night pretty much stripped most of the leaves from the trees around my house.  I’m sure that all of you enjoy the beautiful fall foliage until it’s on the ground.   The weekend work cleaning up the remnants of fall makes us all look forward to returning to our offices to escape from the work that Mother Nature has so generously gifted us.  The Study Club year is moving in to full swing.  The next meeting of the study club year is scheduled for Monday night November 13th at 6:15 PM.  The meeting will be held at Matthew’s 1600 on Frederick Road in Catonsville, MD.  The topic for the evening program is “Radiology in Today’s Dental Practice: Fundamentals and the Future”.  The evening presenter is Dr. Jeffery Price DDS,MS.  Dr. Price is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.  Topics to be covered during the evening presentation include the following:

  1. Where should your dental practice be radiographically in 2017?

  2. What is the current standard of care for utilizing the various radiographic modalities now available to us for both diagnosis and treatment?

  3. When should members of the dental community obtain a Cone Beam CBCT scan on their patients?How should these images be utilized in a modern, state of the art dental practice?

  4. Dr. Price will offer several clinical pearls associated with bitewing x-rays, periapical x-rays, panorex x-rays and cone beam CBCT scans.

  5. Where is the technology going to be in the digital radiographic world?We will take a brief look at Technology, standard of care dental radiographic practices and legal liability issues.

 

Bring lots of questions.  A handout for the evening program will be posted on the study club website.  Access to the website is available by Googling our address.  The address is GCDSC.org. 

    

     A buffet dinner will be served starting at 6:15 PM.  Please let me know if you have any specific dietary restrictions.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee is $65 .  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Please give these checks to Wink St Cyr at the door when you get to the meeting.  One and one half hours of continuing education credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening presentation.

 

     Refer to the study club website for the topics for future evening study club events.  The wine tasting evening at the King’s Contrivance Restaurant  in Columbia, MD will be held in late March 2018.  Details should be available in the next few weeks.  Please reserve the date for the all day meeting scheduled for  Friday,April 20,2018.  The meeting is being co-sponsored by Nobel Biocare.  The meeting will be held  at the Rolling Road Golf Club.  The topic for the all day symposium is entitled”Digital Workflow Solutions in the Restorative and Surgical Dental Implant Environment”.  The speaker for the program is Dr. Scott Maclean , a restorative implant dentist from Nove Scotia, Canada.  Other events on the schedule include our OSHA update pressed by Dr. Missy Mulrheany on May 23,2018, the annual healthcare provider CPR course June 6,2018 and the annual Orioles Baseball game in June 2018(date to be announced).

 

     Please RSVP to my office ASAP if you are planning on attending the November meeting at Matthew’s 1600.  Call my office at 410-744-4222 to RSVP to the meeting.  See you in a couple of weeks.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky

For a copy of Dr. Price's bio, click here.

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10/12/2017

It has come to our attention that there have been some issues with payment that should be received from Maryland Healthy Smiles. At least one check from the State has bounced. If you have any issues with this, please request a new check be issued including bank charges by calling 844-275-8753.

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01/07/17

Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club Meeting                                                       

Date: January 16,2017

Time: 6:15 PM-9 PM

Location: Union Jack’s Pub

Topic: Root Resorption: A Comprehensive Review of Do’s and Don’ts

Speaker: Dr. Christina Platia,DDS, Assistant Professor, Department of General Dentistry,

     University of Maryland, School of Dentistry

 

Dear Doctor,

     Welcome to 2017.  The study club year is now in full swing.  Hope that you had a restful holiday season.  The next meeting of the Catonsville Dental Study Club is scheduled for Monday night January 16, 2017.  The topic for the evening program is “ Root Resorption: A Comprehensive Review of Do’s and Don’ts”  Dental root resorption is a rare, yet frustrating problem facing all dental clinicians today.  This lecture will serve as a comprehensive review of the major types of root resorption.  It will also address how to properly recognize ,diagnose, and distinguish between the major types of resorption.  Other topics to be covered include the major recommended treatment s for these various forms of root resorption as described in the literature.  At the end of this lecture the clinician should be confident in their ability to diagnose and manage these challenging clinical cases.

     Christina L Platia, DDS graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston,IL in 2005 with a BA in Biology, having a special concentrations in both Human Biology and Molecular Biology.  She then obtained her DDS degree in 2010 when she graduated near the top of her class from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.  Following Dental school, Dr. Platia completed a one year general practice residency at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, DE where she focused on treating medically compromised patients in a hospital setting.  In 2012, she then began work as an associate dentist in a private practice in Rockville, MD.  It was only a short time later that Dr. Platia realized her desire to pursue a career in academics.

     In 2013,Dr Platia joined the faculty at the UMD School of Dentistry where she started as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences, primarily working in the Urgent Care Clinic.  Just one year later, she was granted a dual appointment in conjunction with the Department of General Dentistry, and was also promoted to the level of Assistant Professor.  Presently she splits her time between the General Dentistry and Operative Dentistry Divisions and serves as an Assistant Director in the General Practice clinics.  Her current area of interest is in remineralization therapies for incipient lesions and early carious lesions.

     The January 16th meeting will be held at Union Jack’s Pub in Columbia, MD.  The address for Union Jack’s Pub is 10400 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044.  The phone number for the restaurant is 410-740-5226.  A dinner buffet will start at 6:15 PM.  The evening program will begin promptly at 7 PM.  One and one half hours of CE credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening program.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee is $75.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Please RSVP to my office(410-744-4222) if you are planning on attending the January 16th ,2017 meeting.  Please refer to the study club website for all of upcoming programs.  The website can be accessed by typing in GCSDS.org in the search bar when you go online.  Please mark the all day meeting on your calendars.  Dr. Dick Wynn will be our spring speaker for the all day meeting.  Dr. Wynn will be providing us with the 2017 version of the Pharmacology Update.  Details about the all day meeting as well as meeting brochures will be mailed to you in the next few weeks.

See you in 10 days.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky

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11/6/16

Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club Meeting                                      

Date: November 16,2016

Time: 6:15 PM

Location: Rolling Road Golf Club

Topic: A Real World Look at CAD/CAM Dentistry in the Modern Dental Practice

Speaker: Dr. Ed Sharkey

 

Dear Doctor,

     Fall is quietly fading in to the rear view mirror.  The frost is on the pumpkins and the hay is in the barn.  Thanksgiving will be here in just a few weeks.  Please leave room on your schedule for the upcoming meeting of the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club which is scheduled for 11-16-2016.  The topic for the evening program is “A real world look at CAD/CAM dentistry in the modern dental practice”. Dr. Ed Sharkey will be the evening speaker.  Dr. Sharkey has been a member of the study club since the early 1990’s.  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1991.  Ed has been in dental practice in both Catonsville and subsequently in Ellicott City ,MD since he graduated from dental school in 1991.  Ed has been involved in CAD/CAM dentistry since the mid 1990’s when he started out with a CEREC 2.  He has been through multiple upgrades in CEREC equipment up to a CEREC 3D.  He has since moved away from CEREC and is currently using Planfit E4D as his in office system for fabrication of Emax crowns, fixed bridges and onlay restorations.

     If you are a general practitioner you are already using CAD/CAM dentistry in your practice whether you have a system in your office or not.  Every Emax or Zirconia crown that you have fabricated from your lab is a CAD/CAM crown restoration.  This lecture will present to you the benefits and limitations of in office CAD/CAM dentistry both from a financial standpoint and a clinical standpoint.  We will examine the technology available through Planfit (formerly E4D) and how it may be applied in real world situations that the general practioner is faced with every day.  We will also look at ten cases that were done in Ed’s office during the first 4 months of installing the system in his office.  Please bring an open mind and lots of questions.

     One and one half hours of CE credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening presentation.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee is $75.  Checks should be made payable to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  A warm buffet dinner will be served starting at 6:15 PM.  The lecture will begin promptly at 7 PM.  Please RSVP to my office by calling 410-744-4222.  Check out our revamped website.  The web address is gcdsc.org.  Check your listing in the membership section.  Contact Dr. St Cyr if you need to have changes made to your website listing.  Refer to the meeting section to check on future events for the study club.  Hope to see you next week.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky

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10/20/16

Glick, Michael. "Antibiotics." Journal of the American Dental Association, Volume 147, Issue 10, 2016, Pages 771–773.

A new editorial in JADA discusses the increased use of antibiotics and the resulting consequences, including bacterial resistance.  Resistant bacteria are a pressing public health concern, with at least 70% of bacteria being resistant to at least one antibiotic, and 50,000 deaths caused by bacterial resistance in the US and Europe in 2015.  Healthcare provider prescribed antibiotics are not the only issue; over 80% of the antibiotics annually used in the US come from agriculture and aquaculture. Read more here.

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08/22/16

Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club meeting                                           

Date: Monday September 19,2016

Time: 6:15 PM

Location: Matthew's 1600 Restaurant

Topic: Anterior and Posterior Composite Artistry

Speaker: Dr. Paul Bylis

Sponsor: Caulk/Dentsply

 

Dear Doctor,

     Welcome to a new study club year.  The 2016-17 version of the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club begins anew on September 19,2016.  The board of directors of the study club has put together a great series of evening programs, our annual all day meeting , the annual Healthcare Provider CPR course, and the Oriole baseball game at Camden Yards.  All we need to make the year successful is your commitment to our group and your active participation at all of our programs.  The study club year starts off on September 19, 2016 with an evening program on Anterior and Posterior Esthetic Composite Restorations.  Dr. Paul Bylis, a local restorative dentist from Glen Burnie, will share his vast clinical experience with this technique sensitive restorative procedure.  Paul will cover the variety of composite products that he uses for each restorative procedure.  Technology has significantly improved the long term esthetic finish of these restorations that are critically located in the center of each patient's smile line.  The durability and long term esthetics have greatly improved with each new generation of composite restorations.  Sample composite products from Caulk/Dentsply will be available for course participants to take back to their offices to evaluate their handling properties.  Dr. Bylis will also discuss his use of a new buffered local anesthetic that has revolutionized his pain management techniques in his esthetic dental practice .  Anutra, the buffered lidocaine local anesthetic, has made it possible to administer pain free local anesthetic injections.  This local anesthetic can be administered as a block or can be infiltrated around the tooth to be worked upon.  Bring your local anesthetic syringe and needle and try out this product at the meeting.  Samples of Anutra will be available for this hands on portion of the program.

     One and one half hours of continuing education credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening program.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee is $75 for attending this evening program.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Dues this year remain stable at $300.  Your dues entitle you to 5 evening meetings and a discount on the annual all day meeting and the annual CPR course.  Please send your dues to Dr. Wink St Cyr.  Wink's office address is: 2114 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228.  If you have questions about the upcoming study club calendar year please call Dr. St Cyr at 410-747-6910 or Dr. David Bastacky at 410-744-4222.  The location for the evening program scheduled for September 19, 2016 is Mathew's 1600 Restaurant on Frederick Road in Catonsville, MD.  A warm buffet dinner will be served  starting at 6:15 PM.  The evening program will start promptly at 7 PM.  Consider bringing your dental assistants to learn about these exciting new restorative materials. 

     A schedule for the entire study club year will be posted on the study club website(GCDSC.org).  Handouts for the evening presentation will also be posted on the study club website.  Please also check the membership area of the website to make sure that your name, address, e-mail address and phone number are properly listed .  Any errors involving your listing should be sent to Dr. St Cyr's attention.  E-mail Wink at WSCdent@hotmail.com. 

     The dental hygiene scholarship program at Howard County Community College graduated its first class this past May.  The program is  now fully accredited through CODA/ADA.  We will be awarding our third set of scholarships this fall.  Everyone associated with the hygiene program at Howard County Community College is appreciative of our ongoing support.  I was recently contacted by one of the instructors in the program looking for lectures that can be given during the students board review course.  The topics that need covered are: radiology, case studies, pharmacology, perio selected topics, infection control and nutrition.  The hygiene instructor running the review course is Ms Bridgett Holmes.  Her contact number is 443-518-4295.  Let me know if you have the names of potential speakers for the review course.

     Please send your dues for the study club to Dr. Wink St Cyr ASAP.  Invite your colleagues to come and sample our Catonsville hospitality.  RSVP for the September meeting by calling my office at 410-744-4222.  See you next month.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky

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Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club Meeting                                          May 9, 2016

Date: May 18, 2016

Time: 6:15 PM

Location: Rolling Road Golf Club

Topic: OSHA Update 2016

Speaker: Dr. Melisssa Mulreany DDS

 

Dear Doctor,

     It’s hard to believe that the study club year is winding down for the 2015-16 year.  Several events remain on the study club calendar.  The final evening program is scheduled for Wednesday night, May 18th, at the Rolling Road Golf Club.  Dr. Missy Mulreany will lead a spirited discussion revolving around the OSHA guidelines that are applicable to all of our dental practices.  This evening course is required by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners for re-licensure for all dentists and hygienists licensed and practicing in the state of Maryland.  Dr. Mulreany has an entertaining presentation of a subject that is near and dear to all of our hearts.  A handout is available on the study club web site(GCDSC.org)  Please down load a copy of the handout prior to the evening presentation.  Two hours of CE credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening program.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee for the evening program is $75.00.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Hygienists and dental assistants are encouraged to attend this team building educational program.  Dr. Mulreany is available to come in to your office for additional staff training.  She will also assess your office for OSHA compliance.  Missy is one of the state OSHA evaluators and will help to bring your office in to full compliance with the state and federal OSHA guidelines.  Please RSVP to my office if you and your dental team are planning on attending the OSHA 2016 Update.  My office phone number is 410-744-4222.

     The final two study club events of the year are the Annual Healthcare Provider CPR course (June 1, 2016) and the annual Oriole baseball game(Orioles vs Toronto ) scheduled for Friday night June 17, 2016.  The cost for the baseball tickets are $50/ticket.  Each ticket comes with a $15 food voucher.  The CPR course satisfies the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners CPR requirement for re-licensure.  Books are available for the course.  Several changes in the CPR guidelines are being implemented for this upcoming course.  The cost for the CPR course is $75.  This charge includes all course materials as well as a warm buffet dinner.  Application forms for both the baseball game and the CPR course can be downloaded from the study club web site (GCDSC.org)

     The all day meeting held on April 20,2016 was a rousing success.  Sixty dentist and staff members attended the meeting. Twelve vendors displayed various products and services.  A portion of the profits from the meeting continue to be used to help provide scholarship funding for two dental  hygiene students at Howard County Community College.  The first hygiene class is graduating this May.  Any questions about the scholarship program can be addressed to Ms Missy Mattey (Executive Director of Howard County Community College Educational Foundation ) or Ms Susan Siebel (Dental Hygiene program director).  Missy Mattey’s phone number is 443-518-4208.  Susan Siebel can be reached by calling the dental hygiene center at 443-518-1570.  Please check out the thank you notes from this year’s scholarship recipients.  This scholarship program is the study club effort to” pay it forward.”  The graduation ceremony for the hygiene program is scheduled for Monday night May 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM.  Everyone is invited.  Info will be posted on the study club website.

     A special thank you goes out to our executive board for making all of the study club events a reality.  This year’s executive board is made up of the following study club members: Dr. Wink St Cyr, Dr Adrian Sanchez, Dr. Fred Felton, Dr. Larry Wang and Dr. David Bastacky.

     The executive board will be getting together in late May to set the schedule for the upcoming study club calendar for 2016-17.  Please let us know if you are interested in a specific topic for the upcoming study club schedule for 2016-17.  Your input is greatly appreciated.  See you next week at the OSHA Update 2016.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky

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05/09/2016

 

The Study Club has been working with the Dental Hygiene Program at Howard Community College to further excellence in dental hygiene education.  We have sponsored a scholarship for 2 students, and this generosity was greatly appreciated by the scholarship recipients.  Please read their gracious thank you letters here.  We will continue to support this worthy cause, and your support of our seminars and the All-Day meeting will help us in that endeavor.

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05/06/2016

 

The Board of GCDSC would like to thank all of the members who attended the All-Day Meeting with Dr. Ross Nash.  Your support made the event a great success, and all enjoyed the informative presentation, the networking, and the always-delicious food.

 

On Wednesday, May 19, 2016, we will have the OSHA Update presented by Dr. Melissa Mulreaney.  The coure will meet the state licensure requirements of 2 CE credits, and will be geared toward dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.  It will be held at Rolling Road Golf club from 6-9 pm.  The course is $75 for non-members.

 

The annual CPR course will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 (6-9 pm), at the Maryland State Dental Association in the NEW building located on 8901 Herrmann Drive, Columbia, MD 21045.  This course will meet the state licensure requirements of 2 CE credits.  The lecture will require you to work hands-on with mannequins to complete your training.  This lecture is recommended for dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and staff.  The cost for non-members is $75.  Dinner will be provided.

 

The GCDSC Annual Orioles game will be on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm.  We would like to invite members and staff along with family and friends to enjoy this fun night out.  This year, the Orioles will be facing the Toronto Blue Jays.  The price of tickets is $50, and will include a concession voucher that can be used anywhere in the park.  Please call Dr. St. Cyr at 410-747-6910 for more information.

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02/09/2016

 

Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club Meeting  

Date: March 16,2016 (Wednesday night)

Time: 6:15 PM

Location: Matthew's 1600

Topic: Endodontic Update: A Review of Trauma and Cracked Teeth

Speaker: Dr. Brad Trattner, DDS

 

Dear Doctor,

     Hopefully by now Snowmageddon 2016 is far in the rear view mirror.  Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow.  Supposedly that means that we should expect an early spring.  The Catonsville Study Club year is now in full swing.  The next meeting of the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club is scheduled for Wednesday night March 16,2016.  Please mark your calendar with this date.  The speaker for the evening program is Dr. Brad Trattner, a well known endodontist in the Baltimore community, who has been in clinical practice for the past 30 years.  Brad maintains a private practice in Pikesville, MD.  Dr. Trattner is on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in the departments of Endodontics and the Advanced Education in General Dentistry .  He is past president of both the Maryland Association of Endodontists and the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. He has lectured extensively nationally and is a Clinical Advisor and certified lecturer for Real World Endo.  The title of Brad's evening discussion is "Endodontic Update: A Review of Trauma and Cracked Teeth."  The dental patient that most commonly confounds the general dentist as well as many of the dental specialists is  a patient with dental pain and a negative clinical/radiographic exam.  The patient is a reliable historian. We don't want to disturb a virgin tooth with negative clinical and radiographic findings.  Worse yet we don't want to extract a tooth that is symptomatic and yet clinically and radiographically has no evidence of pathology.  The endodontist and his microscope ,loopes and Cone beam CSCT are supposed to sort out these teeth that may exhibit microscopic fracture.  Brad will share his clinical experience and clinical pearls with our group when it comes to diagnosis and treatment of the Cracked tooth.  Bring lots of questions.

     Dinner starts at 6:15 PM.  The evening program starts promptly at 7 PM.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee is $75.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Please RSVP if you are planning on attending this meeting by calling my office at 410-744-4222.  Let us know if you have any special dietary needs.  One and one half hours of CE credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening presentation.  We are working on getting our entire CE program approved by the Academy of General Dentistry.  Once we have received the AGD's stamp of approval the study club educational courses will qualify for AGD CE credit.

     Our all day meeting for the Catonsville Dental Study Club is rapidly approaching.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday April 20,2016 at the Rolling Road Golf Club.  Dr. Ross Nash, a leader in the area of cosmetic dentistry, will share his clinical and artistic expertise with our group.  He is a regular keynote speaker for dental meetings throughout the US and abroad.  The title of his talk is "Full Mouth Esthetic Rehabilitation and Smile Occlusion".  Dr. Nash will be speaking on emerging techniques and technologies to help your esthetic dental practice thrive.  Dr. Nash will discuss the principles of smile design and occlusion as they apply to full mouth reconstruction.  He will illustrate, with actual clinical examples, the techniques and materials that he uses for these challenging and rewarding cases.  Using step by step illustrations, he will walk the participant through the processes that have resulted in long term esthetic and functional success.  The importance of dental photography for record keeping and lab communication will be emphasized.    Our all day meetings are a great team building experience for all members of your dental staff.  Fifteen vendors will be exhibiting many of the products and technologies that Dr. Nash will cover in his lecture.  Many door prizes will be awarded during the course of the all day program.   Benco Dental is co-sponsoring the all day program with our study club.  Your participation will help to make this day a rousing success.  Remember that some of the profits from the all day program are utilized to fund the dental hygiene scholarship program at Howard County Community College.

     Please refer to the study club website for details of all of our upcoming programs.  A copy of the brochure for the all day meeting can be downloaded and shared with your dental colleagues.  The website address is GCDSC.org.  Hope to see you in March at the next meeting of the study club.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky 

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01/04/2016

 

Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club Meeting                                         

Date: January 20, 2016

Time: 6:15 PM

Location: Rolling Road Golf Club

Topic:  Narcotics Update 2016

Speaker: Dr. Richard Wynn

 

Dear Doctor,

     Happy New Years 2016.  We're heading into the meat of the Study Club Schedule for the 2015-16 study club year.  The next meeting of the Catonsville Dental Study Club is scheduled for Wednesday January 20th, 2016 at 6:15 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Rolling Road Golf Club.  The topic for the evening presentation is Narcotics Update 2016.  Dr. Dick Wynn will be the evening speaker.  His presentation will cover new anticoagulant therapy regimens. Drugs in this anticoagulant therapy family include Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis, Lovenox. Reversal agents are becoming available for some of these new anticoagulants.   New antibiotic choices will also be part of the evening discussion.  Dr. Wynn will look at new pain medication combination therapies.  He will also cover the Narcotics Update info that will keep all of us in compliance with the state board of dental examiner's licensure requirement.  This course will satisfy the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiner's re-licensure requirement of 2 hours of CE covering Narcotics dispensing and utilization in the care of your dental patient population.  Dr. Wynn will bring copies of the latest edition of his Drug Information Handbook which will be raffled off at the end of the evening program.

     A warm buffet dinner will be served prior to the start of the evening program.  One and one half hours of CE credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening presentation.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee for the evening program is $85.  Checks should be made out to The Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Please refer to the Study Club web site for a list of upcoming programs.  A flyer is enclosed for the spring all day symposium.  Dr. Ross Nash will be the speaker for the all day symposium.  The title of the all day symposium is "Full Mouth Esthetic Rehabilitation and Smile Occlusion".  Dr. Nash has spoken both nationally and internationally.  He has presented at the ADA national meeting , the Chicago Mid-winter Meeting, The Hinman meeting in Atlanta as well as speaking at our study club 8-9 years ago.  He has published in the ADA Journal, American Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Dental Economics and many other dental publications.  Please block out your office schedule so that you can join us on April 20th for a day of learning and fellowship. 

     Two other dates to mark on your calendar.  On May 18,2016 Dr. Missey Mulreaney will provide our study club with a 2016 OSHA Update.  This 2 hour CE course will satisfy the Maryland State Board Of Dental Examiner's CE requirement for OSHA staff and doctor training for dental re-licensure.  This evening program will be held at the Rolling Road Golf Club.  The final CE program of the year is the annual Healthcare Provider CPR course which will be held on 6-1-16 at the new MSDA headquarters in Columbia, MD.

     Please RSVP to my office regarding the January 20th meeting with Dr. Wynn entitled Narcotics Update 2016.  Call my office at 410-744-4222 to RSVP for the January meeting.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Bastacky

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11/3/2015

 

Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club Meeting                                         

Location: Union Jack’s Pub

Date: November 16,2015

Time: 6:15 PM

Topic: Roadmap to Retirement for Dentists

Speaker: Mr. James Segal, MA, CFP

 

Dear Doctor,

     Halloween has come and gone.  The leaves are raining down on us as fall has rapidly passed by us.  The November Holiday season can’t really get started until the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club has its November evening of education and fellowship.  The upcoming study club meeting is scheduled for 11-16-15.  The meeting will be held at Union Jack’s Pub near the Mall in Columbia at 10400 Little Patuxent Pkwy.  The restaurant’s phone number is 410-740-5225.  Our education in dental school provided us with a solid clinical foundation.  No one ever mentioned a word about how to successfully run a successful business. Each of us needs an understanding of marketing strategies, dealing with attorneys, accountants, bankers, pension specialists and financial planners.  These business related topics were not part of the dental school curriculum.  Each of us works hard to provide for our families today.  Many of us don’t understand the importance of planning for the future when our peak earning years are behind us.  Mr. Jim Segal, a certified financial planner and vice president of Asset Management Concepts, will be presenting a topic that is applicable to all of us.  His evening program is entitled “Roadmap to Retirement for Dentists”.  The goal of planning for retirement starts with the first day of dental practice and continues well into your retirement life.  Jim will look at the various financial vehicles that should be part of any financial portfolio as he helps us understand how to set and achieve our financial goals for a long and secure retirement plan.  The road to retirement starts in your thirties.  Disability insurance  and life insurance should be components of your financial plan that can be added to your portfolio at this time. Jim will also discuss the importance of wills, living wills, durable power of attorney and medical power of attorney.  Time will be spent covering the importance of saving.  IRA’s, Simple Plans, SEP IRA’s, 401K /pension-profit sharing plans are all vehicles for developing a retirement nest egg.  Towards the end of the evening program Jim will give you a brief overview about long term care insurance and how it can be used to protect your retirement nest egg.  Lots of food for thought will be part of this evening program.  Please bring lots of questions.

     One and one half hours of CE credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening presentation.  If you haven’t done so already please send in your annual dues for the 2015-16 study club year.  Dues for this year remain at $300.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Mail your checks to Dr. Wink St Cyr.  Wink’s office address is 2114 Edmondson Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee for each meeting is $75.  A warm buffet dinner will be served prior to the start of the evening presentation.  Dinner starts at 6:15 PM.  The evening program starts at 7:00 PM. 

     Please refer to the study club website for news about upcoming study club events.  All of the dates for future meetings are listed on the website. The address for the study club website is gcdsc.org.  The scholarship program for the hygiene program at Howard County Community College is entering its third year.  Scholarships have been awarded for this academic year.  The recipients of the scholarships will be invited to one of our meetings in the spring of 2016.  More news to come.

     Please RSVP for the November 16th meeting by no later than 11-09-15.  Call my office to RSVP.  My office phone number is 410-744-4222.  See you in a couple of weeks.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Bastacky

 

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9/22/2015

 

We are so excited about the growth of our partnership with Howard Community College Dental Hygiene Program.  Our support of a scholarship program for dental hygiene students enables worthy students to continue their educational pursuits without undue financial pressures.  In recognition of this contribution, HCC has named a space in the Health Sciences Building.  For more info, please click here to read the letter from Dr. Georgene Butler, Dean of the Health Sciences Division.

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8/23/2015

Meeting Date : September 16, 2015 (6:15 pm)

Topic: PANDA Lecture

Speaker:  Dr. Rachael Simon

 

Dear Doctor,

     The seasons they go round and round.  We're now back to the fall season.  The Catonsville Dental Study Club is ready to begin our new year.  Your executive board has been busy keeping the study club schedule chalked full of great evening programs as well as an exciting all day symposium, Healthcare Provider CPR course, and hopefully an encore Oriole/Yankee baseball game.  All we need is your membership and participation to make the Catonsville Dental Study Club a continuing success story.  Several of the evening programs this year are designed to meet the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners' requirements for dental re-licensure.  These requirements include the following 4 courses:

  • PANDA Child Abuse course (taught by Dr. Rachael Simon) - scheduled for 9/16/15

  • Narcotics Update (taught by Dr. Richard Wynn) - scheduled for 1/20/16

  • OSHA Update (taught by Dr. Missy Mulreaney) - scheduled for 5/18/16

  • Healthcare Provider CPR course (Olney Kiwanis) - scheduled for 6/1/16

     Your dental staff is welcome to attend any or all of these courses.  All study club members are entitled to attend all of these courses and your tuition is covered as part of your annual dues.  There will be a tuition fee for each staff member and guest.  The fee for each course is $85.  The fee covers a delicious meal, tuition, and any course materials.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  Checks should be sent to Dr. Wink St. Cyr.  Wink's office address is 2114 Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228.  Wink's phone number is 410-747-6910.

     Our next study club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night September 16, 2015, at the Rolling Road Golf Club.  Dr. Rachael Simon, a longstanding member of the study club and local Pedodontist, will be our evening speaker.  Rachael has worked with the state PANDA chapter for several years and is well versed in the critical information that each dental healthcare provider must be exposed to in order to satisfy the MSDBE requirement for re-licensure.  It is important that we are able to recognize both child and senior abuse and then know how to report suspected abuse if it affects and of our patient populations.  The PANDA course is required to be taken every other licensure cycle.  Our last course was offered in 2012.

     The scholarship program associated with the Dental Hygiene Program at Howard County Community College has been funded for the past 3 years.  The first group of students received their scholarships during the academic year 2014-2015.  We're working with the college to fine-tune the scholarship program.  The scholarships this year will be awarded to 1st year hygiene students as they begin their 2nd semester.  The program director will have a better feel as to each student's academic potential after one semester of observation.  The scholarship money will then be distributed in equal 1/3 increments each of the remaining 3 semesters of the hygiene program.  Each scholarship will be a $2500 award and will only be distributed if the student remains academically in good standing with the college.  Larry Wang and I are on the HCC Dental Hygiene advisory board.  We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.  Several members of the study club have expressed an interest in providing lectures to the hygiene students.  I am working with the hygiene program director to set up this lecture series.  Consider a $100 contribution toward the scholarship program as your way of paying it forward to someone who is trying to get a fresh start in the exciting field of dental hygiene.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club and forwarded to Dr. Wink St. Cyr.

     Please mark all of the study club evening dates as well as our all day symposium on your office calendars.  Dues remain at $300 for the upcoming study club year.  I contend that this is the best educational bargain that you'll find anywhere in the greater Baltimore region when it comes to dental study clubs.  Checks should be mailed to Dr. Wink St. Cyr.  Wink's office address is 2114 Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville, MD21228.  Guests are always welcome to any of our meetings.  The evening tuition for all evening programs is $85.  Checks for dues and guest fees should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.

     Check out our website by searching the internet address GCDSC.org.  Make sure that your personal information is accurate.  Please make sure that your email address is accurate.  The study club website has links to all of our supporting vendors as well as many educational websites and search engines.  Call Danielle St. Cyr at 410-747-6910 if you have corrections for your entry on our website as well as any suggestions of info that you would like posted on the website.

     RSVP to my office no later than 9/9/15 if you are planning on attending the PANDA lecture on 9/16/15.  Please consider bringing your staff to this meeting.  See you in September.

Sincerely.

Dave Bastacky

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10/14/2014

 

Susan Seibel, Director of HCC Dental Hygiene program, filled us in on what has been happening in this exciting first semester with the hygiene students.  We are so pleased to be a part of this wonderful new opportunity for students and faculty alike!

1.   Students have started a Student American Dental Hygienists Association(SADHA) club on campus.  They are starting to plan fundraising ideas as well as activities.  They have elected officers for SADAH.

2.   The semester is in full swing and students are doing well.  Mid-terms are this week. 

3.   Students have completed many skill evaluations, HIPAA training, training for medical emergencies in the dental office, and infection control.  Certificates for these events are kept in their portfolio.

4.   Faculty and staff have completed training on digital radiographs and the digital office management software system. The dental hygiene center is going to set up a link on the HCC website where patient volunteers can register and fill out forms.  Fees have been set for dental hygiene services in the dental center.

5.   The program is seeking a supervising dentist for the next semester on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please let us know if anyone in the GCDSC is interested.

6.   The school is hosting a student success/completion day in October, DHYG students have volunteered to present information for HCC students on oral health.

7.   Students are planning activities for outreach during the holidays.

8.   A representative from Oral-B came and gave a lecture on oral health, and gave each student a free oral-B electric toothbrush.

9.   The DHYG program has submitted to hire another full-time 10-month faculty for fall 2015.

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8/25/2014

 

Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club Meeting                                         
Date: September 15, 2014
Time: 6:15-8:30 PM
Location: Matthew’s 1600
Speaker: Allen Schiff, CPA
Topic:  The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Your Dental Practice

 

Dear Doctor,
     Hope that you all had a great summer.  The new Catonsville Dental Study Club year will begin with our September 15th meeting.  This should be an exciting year for all of us.  Your executive board has worked hard to set a schedule of evening programs and a dynamic all day meeting in the spring.  All that we need to make the year successful is your input and participation in each and every one of our events.  The September meeting will address the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Your Dental Practice. Mr. Allen Schiff, a well known speaker to our study club as well as a prominent CPA who specializes in practice management services for healthcare practices, will be the evening speaker.  Allen will look at the impact of the Affordable Care Act as it applies to the providing of dental services to this specific patient population that has coverage through the ACA.  The health insurance business as applied to small group coverage will directly impact the type of health care coverage that will be available to cover our families and our employees.  Be ready for some eye opening revelations about the direction that health care delivery systems may be headed.
     One and one half hours of CE credit will be awarded for attending this informative evening program.  Guests are always welcome.  The guest fee for this evening program is $70.  A warm buffet dinner will be served starting promptly at 6:15 PM.  The meeting will be held at Matthew’s 1600 on the ground level immediately adjacent to the parking lot.  Dues are being increased this year to cover increased operating expenses.  Dues have held steady for the past 5-6 years and will be $300 for this coming calendar year.  Meal prices have increased and we now have an executive director, Danielle St.Cyr , who is maintaining the study club web site and is instrumental  in planning and executing all of the study club events. We would like to send kudos to Danielle for her fine work this past year.
     The scholarship program at Howard County Community College has been funded for the past 2 calendar years.  The first group of dental hygiene students starts in just a few days.  One of the scholarships is need based and one of the scholarships is merit based.  Information about our first two recipients should be available at our first meeting.  I’ve spoken with the director of the hygiene program and she will be looking for potential speakers for this coming calendar year.  Several members of our group have expressed interest in providing lectures to the hygiene students.  More information will be available at the meeting in September.  The board decided to ask the general membership if each member would consider a voluntary $100 donation to the scholarship fund.  The voluntary donations will minimize the need for the study club to tap into its reserve fund from the profits of the all day meeting to fund the scholarship program.  We think that the scholarship program should continue far into the future.  Please provide us with your feedback.  The financial commitment could only be effectively met with the help of the general membership voluntary donations.
     Last week the executive board of the study club met with representatives of Benco Dental to discuss their interest in being a lead sponsor for our spring meeting.  We have signed a contract with Dr Gordon Christiansen to be our spring meeting all day speaker.  The meeting is scheduled for April 8, 2015.  We need each and every one of your support to make this meeting successful.   Please block out your office calendar now.  Invite your colleagues to come to the meeting.  The location of the meeting is still under review.  Rolling Road Golf Club can accommodate 160-170 people.  We should have 12-15 vendors at the meeting.  All of the vendors will be encouraged to recruit doctors to attend the meeting.  A detailed flier with a course description will be mailed and e-mailed to you in the near future.  Call my office or Dr. Wink St. Cyr for details about the all day meeting.
     Please refer to the study club website for a list of all of the meetings for the year.  The website address is GCDSC.org.  Check to make sure that your individual listing is accurate.  Make sure that your e-mail address is accurate.  You can contact Danielle St Cyr if you need to make any changes.  Her phone number is 410-747-6910.  Please send your dues to Dr. Wink St. Cyr.  His mailing address is 2114 Edmondson Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228.  Phone number is 410-747-6910.  Checks should be made out to The Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.    
     RSVP for the September 15th meeting by September 2, 2014.  Look for the e-vite in your e-mail in box.  You can also RSVP by calling my office at 410-744-4222.  See you in September.

Sincerely,


Dave Bastacky

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5/28/14

 

Recently, some insurance carriers have been sending payment in the form of POS Cards attached to the EOBs.  This can be frustrating, and means that the credit card processor takes a percentage of the payment.  It is possible to opt out of this form of payment.  Simply call the number listed for the POS Card Service Department, and tell them you would like to opt out.  You will then continue to receive paper checks in the mail.

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5/4/2014

 

Re: Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club Meeting                                                     
Date: May 21, 2014
Location: Rolling Road Golf Club
Time: 6:15 PM
Speaker: Dr. Melissa Mulrheaney
Topic: OSHA Update

 

Dear Doctor,
     The Catonsville Dental Study Club is wrapping up one of its most successful years ever.  Membership numbers are on the rise with nearly 60 dues paying members.  Attendance numbers are up for our evening programs and our all day meeting.  Our website has been upgraded by Danielle St Cyr.  Danielle has taken a more active role as our coordinator and is doing an excellent job overseeing the day to day operations of the study club.  Great things are on the horizon for the study club.  The biggest fish that has ever agreed to speak at one of our all day meetings, Dr. Gordon Christiansen, has agreed to be our spring speaker on April 8, 2015.  Benco Dental will be co-sponsoring the Christiansen lecture with our group.  They will significantly help with marketing this event to the entire Mid-Atlantic region.  Please put this date on your calendar now so that you have no excuse for not being at this exciting event.  We need your support to make the study club a continuing success.  We still have two events on the books for this calendar year.  Our annual Healthcare provider CPR course is scheduled for Wednesday June 4th, 2014 at the MSDA headquarters in Columbia, MD .  Please bring your staff to this great team building event.  Refer to the enclosed flier about the details for the CPR course.  The final event of the year is our annual Orioles vs Yankees baseball game scheduled for July 11, 2014.  More info is available about all of these activities on the study club website (GCDSC.org).  Please tell your colleagues about the study club and encourage them to join.
     The upcoming study club meeting on May 21, 2014 is the biannual OSHA Update presented by Dr. Missy Mulrheaney.  Dentists and their entire dental team should attend this entertaining and informative evening program.  Attendance at this meeting is a must in order to apply for re-licensure through the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.  Two hours of CE credit will be awarded for attending the evening program.  Members of the study club attend this meeting as part of their annual dues for no fee.  All guests are welcome.  The guest fee is $100.  Checks should be made out to the Greater Catonsville Dental Study Club.  A hot buffet dinner will be served starting at 6:15 PM.  The evening program will start promptly at 7 PM.
     The dental hygiene program at Howard County Community College will be accepting its first class of students in September of 2014.  Our study club is providing 2 half scholarships to the incoming class.  Each scholarship is valued at $2500.  One scholarship will be needs based and the other scholarship will be merit based.  The two individuals that receive these scholarships will be invited to the September meeting of the study club.  Anyone interested in giving lectures to the hygiene students please contact me at my office at 410-744-4222.  I think our group is doing the right thing by “Paying it Forward”.
     Please RSVP to my office if you are planning on attending the OSHA course on May 21, 2014, the CPR course on June 4, 2014 or the baseball game on July 11, 2014.  Check your e-mail for the e-vite option to RSVP.  By utilizing the e-vite option you will save multiple phone calls to your office.  See you on May 21, 2014.
     A special thank-you goes out to all members of the board who spent countless hours making this year’s activities a reality.  Thanks to the following individuals Wink St Cyr, Danielle St Cyr, Adrian Sanchez, Mitch Vance, Fred Felton and Larry Wang.


Sincerely,

Dave Bastacky

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2/20/2014

 

Study Review: Dental Calculus Is Associated with Death from Heart Infarction

 

The oral cavity is the natural habitat of hundreds of bacterial species.  These bacteria form a biofilm on tooth, restoration, and prostheses surfaces which absorbs calcium and phosphate ions from saliva and results in the formation of calculus.  Although bacteria are not essential for calculus formation, they facilitate its development, and the presence of high amounts of calculus indicates poor oral hygiene.  It is reasonable to suggest that a high dental calculus index score may indicate long-term oral infection problems, which causes systemic inflammatory response.  This inflammatory response may have an impact in the development of atherosclerosis and be a causal factor in death from heart infarction.

Soder et al. followed 1696 young Swedes from 1985 to 2011.  Each subject was examined and assigned a calculus index (CI) score.  The researchers looked at the cause of death according to WHO classification.  At time of last follow up, 2.8% of participants were deceased.  CI index score between the deceased and living patients became significant by the year 2009.   Controlling for complicating factors such as gender, socioeconomic status, pack-years of smoking, and dental visits, CI index score was associated with 2.3 times the odds ratio for cardiac death, confirming the study’s hypothesis.

Source:  Soder B, Muerman J, Soder P. Dental Calculus Is Associated with Death from Heart Infarction.  BioMed Research International, 2014 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/569675).

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1/30/2014

 

A study published in the Cochrane Library finds that gingivitis, plaque, and bleeding gums can be reduced by regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste containing triclosan (an antibacterial agent), and a copolymer, which prevents the triclosan from washing away.  It also slightly reduces tooth decay.

Researchers from the Cochrane Oral Health Group reviewed 30 published studies of toothpastes containing triclosan and the copolymer.  There was a 22% reduction in plaque, a 22% reduction in gingivitis, a 48 % reduction in bleeding gums, and a 5% reduction in tooth decay compared to toothpaste with fluoride alone.  There did not seem to be any reduction in periodontis.  There were no adverse reactions to the triclosan or the copolymer.

Source: 

Riley P, Lamont T.  Triclosan/copolymer containing toothpastes for oral health (Review).  Cochrane Library, Issue 12.

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1/29/2014

 

Dentists, dental hygienist among top 10 best jobs in U.S.

By Kimber Solana, ADA News staff

 

Among the best occupations of 2014, two dental-related professions cracked the top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2014 published Jan. 23.
 
Dentists come in at No. 3, the highest ranking health care-related career; dental hygienists at No. 10.
 
Occupations are ranked based on U.S. News’ calculated overall score, which combines several components into a single weighted average score between zero and 10. These components are: 10-year growth volume; 10-year growth percentage; median salary; job prospects; employment rate; stress level; and work-life balance.
 
Dentists scored an 8.2; dental hygienists a 7.7. The top two occupations in the list are software developer with 8.4, and computer systems analyst with an 8.2.
 
“The need for professionals to examine our teeth, fill and —gulp—refill our cavities isn’t fading,” according to the report, adding that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of nearly 16 percent between 2012 and 2022, with more than 23,000 new openings.
 
The report found that dentists earned a median salary of $145,240 in 2012.
 
“A comfortable salary, low unemployment rate and agreeable work-life balance boost dentist to the No. 3 position on our list of Best Jobs of 2014,” according to U.S. News.

For dental hygienists, the Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that employment will grow 33.3 percent by 2022. It also has a median salary or $70,210 and an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent.
 
Other professions that make up the top 10 are: nurse practitioner, 4th; pharmacist, 5th; registered nurse, 6th; physical therapist, 7th;  physician, 8th; and web developer, 9th.

(Courtesy of ada.org)

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1/17/2014

 

FDA issues acetaminophen safety recommendation

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that dentists and other health care providers stop prescribing and dispensing combination drugs that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen.
 
In safety information on its website, www.FDA.gov, the FDA said that there is no available data showing it is beneficial, in relation to risks, for anyone to take more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per dosage unit. Risks for taking more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per dosage unit include liver injury, the FDA said. The FDA also said that limiting the amount of acetaminophen per dosage unit reduces the risk of severe liver injury from inadvertent overdose, which can lead to liver failure, liver transplant and death.
 
Three years ago, the FDA asked drug manufacturers to limit the amount of acetaminophen in combination drugs to 325 milligrams per tablet or other dosage unit by Jan. 14, 2014. The FDA said that more than half of manufacturers voluntarily complied with the request. This means that prescription combination drugs containing more than 325 milligrams per dosage unit remain available. The FDA intends to withdraw approval of prescription combination drugs containing more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per dosage unit.
 
The FDA also recommends that pharmacists, after receiving a prescription for a drug combination product containing more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per dosage unit, contact prescribers to discuss alternative products with a lower dose of acetaminophen.
 
Dentists and other health care providers with questions can contact the Division of Drug Information at 1-888-463-6332 or druginfo@fda.hhs.gov. Providers and patients may also report adverse drug events or side effects related to the use of acetaminophen combination drugs to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form.

(Courtesy of ada.org)

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