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Special Care Advocates In Dentistry President's Message

It is an honor to serve as President of Special Care Advocates in Dentistry (SAID) this next year. More than 50 years ago, Dr. Gerald Bensberg assembled a group of dental and medical professionals to learn how to better service the oral health needs of those institutionalized individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During the last 52 years, we have been part of an ever changing evolution of care. Our challenge this year is to understand the appropriate use of Medical Immobilization and Protective Stabilization (MI/PS). We have established a study committee to review MI/PS and have been invited by American Academy of Developmental Medicine and dentistry (AADMD) to join the efforts to establish, together or separately, guidelines for MI/PS.

This year we will meet in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, November 15-17, 2017, and continue to learn and fellowship with special care colleagues. Our Thursday lecture topics will include information and discussion on Medical Immobilization and Protective Stabilization as well as our treasured Literature Review and Pearls session. Friday we have lined up speakers on Cone Beam Technology, an Oral Health Aide Program, Caries Detection and more.

The best part of being involved in Special Care Advocates in Dentistry is enjoying the family of providers. That family thrives on past friendships and incorporates new members quickly. SAID has always been a comfortable place where we can learn from one another and share stories with people that understand.

I look forward to seeing you in Asheville!

Warmest Regards,

Betsy Lee White, RDH, BS
President
Special Care Advocates in Dentistry

Betsy Lee White

 

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