The Louisville Dental Society
connects Louisville's dentists to the community and to one another.
Community service events the LDS members are involved in include a once per month free dental clinic; free dental screenings throughout the year for various community groups and events; the Smile Kentucky! program which gives free treatment to elementary children without dental benefits and free dental screenings and dental education at various elementary schools in nearby counties.
Thursday January 18th Dr Ansley Depp, Kentucky Dental Association President,
will present What in the World is the KDA Up to NOW? at the Ruth's Chris Steak House, Louisville, beginning at 6 PM. The speaker is great and the food is great. . . .what's holding you back?
$55 per person for Society members, check or credit card, paid in advance. You do not want to miss this! You must have a paid reservation to attend. FYI Two LDS members who signed up and paid in advance last month received a special gift at the November meeting!
Call the LDS office, 502-244-2005 or e-mail to email@example.com to make your paid reservation today. Or mail your check to LDS.
Hello Louisville Dental Society Members and other Colleagues.
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Darren Greenwell. I’m currently serving as President of LDS. I’m also serving as LDS representative for the KDA executive board.
Looking back in my career in dentistry my opinions on organized dentistry have drastically changed, starting with dental school. I graduated from ULSD in 2000. But as all of you know your emersion into dentistry starts much earlier. Back in college when I decided I wanted to make dentistry my career, I relied on many organizations for support and knowledge. I didn’t realize it at the time but there were many hard working people behind the scenes working to make dentistry what it is today. When I was in dental school I had a somewhat jaded feeling about organized dentistry. I was stressed on completing requirements and taking the National Boards and the dreaded Clinical Boards. The clinical boards seemed to me completely unnecessary, archaic, and self-serving. My feelings on this subject haven’t changed much, but I do know now that organized dentistry is trying to reform the clinical board process.
Being involved with organized dentistry for 15 + years, I know one thing. If you are not involved, you have no idea how much work is being done behind the scenes. Many question the cost of their dues. I’ve heard many say "I pay $1200 a year for a magazine once a month". We can’t look at our dues as a direct reimbursement of goods. If we were reimbursed with this mindset we would never be able to stay in business. Patients can’t appreciate the work behind the scenes and endless hours of study required to provide them with the quality of care they each deserve. Paying dues for a journal or a discount on car rental is only a part of the equation. Though we all have many complaints about regulation and insurance reimbursement, could you imagine how terrible those things would be without hard working people in organized dentistry?
The next time you see a colleague that is serving on a board or committee, thank them for their service. We are all volunteers. We all work to help you and our profession achieve great things. Even better yet, why don’t you join us in organized dentistry? We want and need your help. If you don’t feel like you have been invited, well now is the time. The Louisville Dental Society wants you. Dentistry is a great place to be. Let’s keep dentistry great!
As president of the Louisville Dental Society I get to pick a charity that is supported by our members. Many in the past have been requests to support various charities with financial donations. I would like to ask for your direct participation instead of money. The charity I’m selecting is Donated Dental Services (DDS). If you have been to any of the LDS membership meetings, I’m sure you have heard me talk about this fine organization. I have been involved with this organization for several years. They have been promoted by the ADA, AGD, and several specialty associations. Following is a paragraph from their website (dentallifeline.org).
"The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to our country’s most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. These are people who cannot afford necessary treatment and cannot get public aid. The program operates through a volunteer network of more than 15,000 dentists and 3,700 dental labs across the United States. Since its inception in 1985, our DDS program has surpassed $330 million in donated dental therapies, transforming the lives of 117,000 people."
My request from you is to consider volunteering for this program. If you volunteer, they will send you a letter about a patient that is requesting you provide an exam and treatment. It is up to you to accept or decline. Any lab requirements are covered by the volunteer labs and you will not have any costs. Your treatment can be as simple or complex as you see fit. If specialty care is required there are several specialists in the state that you can refer.
We all provide charitable care in our offices at some point. The advantage of using DDS is the patients have been screened for medical and financial need. There is no guessing if the patient is truly worthy and in need of your treatment. Go to their website and check it out. Dentallifeline.org
Darren Greenwell, DMD, FACD, MAGD