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A Costly Dental Destination
Cost and access issues are prompting hundreds of thousands of Americans to take toothaches and other dental problems to hospital emergency rooms. Click here to read more about this Pew Center on the States report.

Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities
The New York Times, March 6, 2012

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February 2012
Community Smiles' Volunteers Receive Miami-Dade County Health Department Awards

Community Smiles is proud to announce that the Miami-Dade County Health Department presented awards to three of our volunteer doctors, at an award ceremony held on February 23rd. Dr. Philip Glatstein received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Glatstein has volunteered in our clinic since 1955 and is retiring this year from our Volunteer Faculty in the Crown and Bridge Section. The Dentist of the Year Award went to Dr. Bruce Perlman, who volunteers with us 2-3 full days per week as Resident Instructor and volunteer dentist. An Outstanding Service Award was presented to Dr. Shari Witkoff, for her service as a volunteer and President of the Board of Directors.


February 2012
Community Smiles Receives $100,000 Grant to Improve Access to Dental Care for the Uninsured and Underserved

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Foundation awarded Community Smiles a $100,000 grant to help facilitate oral health care services to low-income, uninsured residents of South Florida. The funds will be used to provide free, high-quality dental services to an additional 1,000 uninsured adults through the expansion of our continuing education and training program. 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc., is the philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. The mission of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation is to improve the health and well-being of Floridians and their communities. The Foundation will accomplish its mission through strategic grant-making in five focus areas: improving access to health care, consumer health, quality and safety of patient care, quality of life and the health care system

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February 2012
Give Kids A Smile
On Friday, February 10, 2012, Community Smiles will host its 7th annual "Give Kids A Smile" event. The event is part of the American Dental Association's effort to advocate for increased access to oral health care for low-income chidlren nationwide. An estimated 80-100 children from local low-income families will receive free dental services at our clinic. Services will range from screenings and cleanings to oral health instruction on proper brushing and prevention of gum disease.

February 2012
On Saturday, February 4, 2012, Community Smiles participated in the Norwood Elementary Community Health & Education Fair. Our volunteer dentists provided screenings and handed out oral hygiene kits to 80-100 members of the community. The event was held at the Norwood Elementary School.
                          Norwood Elementary Health Fair

January 2012
Community Smiles Receives $50,000 Grant to Improve Access to Dental Care for the Uninsured and Underserved
Allegany Franciscan Ministries is a non-profit Catholic organization focused on improving the overall health status of individuals through increasing access to health services and information. Allegany Franciscan Ministries strives to be a catalyst for systemic change, committing resources and working collaboratively to promote physical, mental, spiritual, societal and cultural health and well-being.
                                       Allegany Franciscan Ministries

October 2011
Community Smiles Joins the Florida Association of Free Clinics (FAFC)

The FAFC’s mission is to provide support, mentoring, networking opportunities, and advocacy through a network that initiates collaboration and the sharing of best practices to improve access to healthcare for the uninsured in the state of Florida.
In addition to advocacy, FAFC offers educational and networking, capacity building and research benefits. For Community Smiles, this means an additional help to increase our clinic’s capacity to treat more patients. FAFC delivers technical assistance and consultation to develop and strengthen free clinics, provides notifications of grant funding and other resource opportunities, facilitates access to donated and discounted pharmaceutical, medical, and dental supplies and products, and promotes volunteer workforce expansion and community spirit.

October 2011
Community Smiles was featured on Groupon!
We want to thank everyone who supported our campaign!  Through the G-Team campaign, Community Smiles received 49 donations, which will enable us to provide access to dental care for children in need. A special thanks to Dr. Elaine deRoode for being a matching donor for this project.

August 2011
Community Smiles Participates in the "Safe Summer 2011" Community Outreach Event
Safe Summer

On Saturday, August 20th, 2011, in partnership with the City of Miami Police Department, Community Smiles participated in the "Safe Summer 2011" event, which provided backpacks, school supplies, vision exams and dental screenings for over 2,000 children in Miami. Community Smiles volunteer dentists were able to screen over 400 children with unmet oral health needs on this particular day.



Allegany Franciscan Ministries awarded Community Smiles a $50,000 grant to help facilitate oral health care services to low-income, uninsured residents of Miami-Dade County. The funds will be used to help deliver additional oral health care to children and families in need, by purchasing much-needed dental supplies and lab materials and increasing clinical staffing.






June 2011
Community Smiles Hosts the Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner

The volunteer dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants, who provide service to our community on a daily basis, were recognized at our annual event, held at Jungle Island, in Miami. This year we recognized three special volunteers, Dr's Al Underwood, Robert Shippee, and Michael Krop, who have served our community for fifty years! They join six other Community Smiles' Dentists who have volunteered in our clinic for over fifty years. In addition to these volunteers, Community Smiles also recognized: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Patterson Dental, and the Health Foundation of South Florida. They were recognized for providing valuable support to Community Smiles in helping us accomplish our mission.

June 2011
Community Smiles Receives $50,000 Grant to Improve Access to Dental Care for the Uninsured and Underserved

Health Foundation of South Florida awarded Community Smiles a $50,000 grant to help facilitate oral health care services to low-income, uninsured residents of South Florida. The funds will be used to help deliver additional oral health care to individuals in need through increasing clinical staffing.

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By funding providers and supporting programs to promote health and prevent disease, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved.




Dr. Irwin Becker, Accomplished Dentist, Scholar, and Educator Joins Community Smiles Faculty  

Community Smiles has the very good fortune to be welcoming another esteemed doctor to our faculty and clinic, Dr. Irwin Becker. Dr. Becker began volunteering and assumed the Faculty Chairman position for the Comprehensive Prosthetics clinic section early this year. He lectures and practices in Prosthetics once a month.

Dr. Becker is a renowned restorative dentist, international lecturer and widely published scholar. He brings an exceptional breadth of knowledge and expertise in the field of dentistry to our Residency Program and our community clinic. Dr. Becker frequently offers lectures and workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is founder of Irwin Becker Initiatives, a consulting practice for advancing dentists and dental offices. His most recent publishing effort is the Comprehensive Occlusal Concepts in Clinical Practice,
released in December 2010.



April 24, 2011
Local Clinics Fill the Need for Low-cost Dental Care (click to read the news article)

Saturday March 12th, 2011 - A Tribute to Our Dear Friend, Ana Gomez


Community Smiles Resident Dentist


Dear Community Smiles Family:

In March, Community Smiles resident Ana Gomez fought to survive grave injuries suffered in an auto accident. The doctors tell us that Ana fought as hard as she could. In the end, her injuries were simply more than Ana and her doctors could overcome. On the evening of March 11th, Ana's family gathered by her side and said their final goodbyes.

For all of us, Ana's extended family at Community Smiles, this is a painful loss too. Even amidst this tragedy and these trying times, though, I have seen the very best of our Community Smiles family. Our staff, residents, and volunteer doctors have spent countless hours at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, lent their efforts to see that Ana's family has had continuous support throughout, and supported each other with love and generosity of spirit. Over the several days I spent at the hospital I had a chance to share with Ana's family the many stories and anecdotes you've shared with me about your times with Ana. I want you to know those wonderful memories were of comfort to her family.

Ana's father, her sister Elizabeth and Elizabeth's husband Jose, her cousins and other family asked me to thank all of you for your support of them through this incredibly difficult time.

Ana's funeral service was held on Saturday, March 12th at the Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables.

With deepest sympathies for her family,

Shari Witkoff
Community Smiles Board of Directors

New Perk for Community Smiles Team: Hertz Rent-a-Car now offers discounted car rentals for Community Smiles members. This discount can be used on business AND personal rentals. Please contact Katie at 305-324-6070 (ext. 8057) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

Florida Ranks Last in Nation in Providing Poor Kids Dental Care

April 24, 2011


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Local Clinic Helps Parents with Medicaid Find Dental Care for their Children

April, 2011


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NBC Miami Article: Funding Gets Drilled for Low Cost Dental Services Feeling the pain of budget cuts.
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December 1st, 2010 - Check out the article about Community Smiles at the Coral Gables Home Page!
Blog: Community Smiles needs our help!

August 24th, 2010 - Community Smiles teams up with The City of Miami Police Department

Safe Summer 2010

Community Smiles Provides Free Oral Health Screening for Over 400 Children in Collaboration With the City of Miami Police Dept.
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July 28th, 2010 - Community Smiles featured on NBC6 News

February 13th, 2010 - Dentist Gave Needy Care

In Memory of Dr. Robert Wolf (1933-2010)
Community Smiles Clinic Director (2006-2010)

Dr. Wolf
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Click here to read the FDA Today article about Dr. Wolf:
"Integrating Child Dental Care at Community Smiles"

Integrating Child Dental Care at Community Smiles
June 10, 2010

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Black Canyon Recaps Dallas Dental Company
July 1, 2009

Black Canyon Capital has sponsored a recapitalization of JDC Healthcare, a Dallas-based dentral practice management company. No financial terms were disclosed for the recap, which was done in partnership with company management. Black Canyon Capital, a Los Angeles-based private capital firm focused on investing in control and non-control private equity and structured debt financings, announced today it has completed a recapitalization of JDC Healthcare (JDC), in partnership with the company’s owner and founder, Dr. David Alameel, and management. JDC is a leading dental practice management company headquartered in Dallas. The investment in JDC was structured to replace the company’s existing lenders and to capitalize the business to capture future growth opportunities. “We are very excited at the prospect of investing alongside Dr. Alameel and his team,” said Michael Hooks, a General Partner of Black Canyon. “We believe JDC’s state of the art facilities, professional staff and many years of experience, coupled with our experience partnering with management teams and helping them grow their businesses, will result in JDC’s continued success.”

Kane Dental Practice Management Chooses Planet DDS Dental Software

(Vocus/PRWEB ) June 20, 2009 -- With the philosophy of, "Quality, modern, and affordable dentistry," Kane Dental Practice Management has selected Denticon dental practice management software from Planet DDS to manage its locations. The addition of this high-tech, web-based software application will facilitate Kane Dental's execution of its philosophy and devotion to its patients. Kane Dental currently has two Long Island, New York locations, in Huntington Station and Hempstead. Its staff is made up of highly trained professionals who are equipped with the most technologically advanced equipment. The doctors are experts in all phases of dentistry, including cosmetic and pediatric dentistry. Quality, modern, and affordable dentistry Denticon practice management software allows us to efficiently manage multiple locations in a single dental software application Web-based Denticon also allows us to access our business anytime, from anywhere, and our data is safely stored in a high security datacenter. Denticon is easily scalable too, which will save us a lot of resources as we grow our organization and add additional locations. Denticon was designed to manage large dental practices with multiple locations. The Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS, software delivery model is offered to businesses in other industries by companies like We have developed the same concept in dental and are now the industry leader.
SaaS gives businesses operating in multiple locations a cost-effective solution to data management and centralization of administrative functions. "Denticon practice management software allows us to efficiently manage multiple locations in a single dental software application," said David Adler, President, "Web-based Denticon also allows us to access our business anytime, from anywhere, and our data is safely stored in a high security datacenter. Denticon is easily scalable too, which will save us a lot of resources as we grow our organization and add additional locations." Kane Dental will also be utilizing Planet DDS's Virtual Business Services to accomplish tasks such as verifying insurance eligibility and benefits remotely. This allows for Kane Dental's staff to spend less time on the phone and more time providing comfortable and anxiety free visits for their patients. Richard Lee, CEO at Planet DDS comments, "Denticon was designed to manage large dental practices with multiple locations. The Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS, software delivery model is offered to businesses in other industries by companies like We have developed the same concept in dental and are now the industry leader." Lee continues, "SaaS gives businesses operating in multiple locations a cost-effective solution to data management and centralization of administrative functions."

The Independent: Business of survival: The MBA universe is expanding despite the global recession
By Michael Prest

'I still have things to learn'
Julius Babayemi, 42, is building up his first dental practice in Rainham, Kent and wants to be nominated as an official dentist to the 2012 Olympics. Keen to improve his business and management skills, he enrolled on an MBA at Kent Business School. "Apart from the close proximity to my home address, I chose the Kent Business School because of the atmosphere around the campus and within the school. The building was easy to navigate – very modern, and the culture within the school is family-friendly. I think it was Charles Darwin who said if you don't grow and change you become obsolete. My first degree was in zoology at University College, London. I then spent six years qualifying as a dentist. After nine years of dentistry, I opened the OmniPark Dental Centre in March last year. We've got more than 3,000 patients. I soon realised there is an important business aspect to dentistry when you are running a practice and employing people. There are still things I have to learn, such as managerial and accounting skills. We were thinking of ways to expand the practice and be more effective. I've already learned things I have been able to use. It wasn't until I started the MBA that I realised we could be even more effective in our marketing strategy. Now we spend our resources on local radio and newspapers. You don't always have to pay for adverts if what you are doing is interesting. We invited children in as part of the National Smile Month and it was a tremendous success. The phone hardly stopped ringing afterwards.

People ask me if I will ever stop studying and I don't think I will."

Birner Dental Management Services Inc. Reports Operating Results

Birner Dental Management Services Inc. (BDMS) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-03-31. Birner Dental Mgmt. Svcs. acquires develops and manages geographically dense dental practice networks in select markets including Colorado New Mexico and Arizona. The company and its dental practice management model provide a solution to the needs of dentists patients and third-party payers by allowing the company's affiliated dentists to provide high-quality efficient dental care in patient-friendly family practice settings. Birner Dental Management Services Inc. has a market cap of $20.4 million; its shares were traded at around $11 with a P/E ratio of 12.8 and P/S ratio of 0.6. The dividend yield of Birner Dental Management Services Inc. stocks is 6.2%. Birner Dental Management Services Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 18.4% over the past 5 years.

Denver Dental Practice Protects Patients from Identity Theft with idBUSINESS FTC 'Red Flag Rules' Compliance Module

DENVER, Colo., May 27 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- A victim of identity theft himself in late 2008, Denver dentist Dr. Miles B. Collett this spring implemented a patient data security solution by Denver-based idBUSINESS ( The solution, which ensures the protection of personal information and guarantees complete restoration of "prior to event" status in the event of a patient data breach protects both his approximately 750 patients and his 25-year practice from the impact of identity theft.

For Dr. Collett's dental practice, identity theft protection is both a patient care priority and a business management imperative. Although the FTC recently postponed its enforcement of the "Red Flag Rules" identity theft provisions added to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA), it continues to warn consumers and remind businesses that they must advise their customers when data records are compromised.

Sarasota Dentist Introduces Anesthesia Reversal Agent

May 19, 2009 – SARASOTA, FLORIDA – Sarasota Dentist Dr. Charles Crane will begin offering OraVerse, an anesthesia reversal agent, in his practice this month. OraVerse is the only local anesthesia reversal agent that enables patients to quickly return to normal function and sensation after routine dental procedures, said Crane, a Sarasota porcelain veneers specialist. OraVerse has been proven to reverse anesthesia of the tongue and lip and its related side effects, which include prolonged numbness and decreased function while the anesthesia wears off, he said. It’s no secret that many people fear dental procedures because they are afraid the procedure will be painful. Local anesthetic helps ensure patients are numb and comfortable throughout the procedure. “Although patients welcome the anesthesia because they don’t want to be in pain, many of them don’t look forward to the lingering numbness that occurs after a local anesthetic is used during a dental procedure,” Crane said. “Now patients can be completely anesthetized during their procedure and at the end of the appointment, we can administer OraVerse, which cuts the time of being numb in half.” It enables people to return to work or simply get on with their day without lacking sensation in and around the area of the dental procedure, he said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved OraVerse for use in children and adults in October. Novalar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the dental specialty pharmaceutical company that developed the product. The company unveiled OraVerse during the 144th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, which was held Feb. 26 through March 1 at McCormick Place. They began marketing its use in May. The FDA has deemed OraVerse as an effective, safe product for adults and children who are at least six years old and weigh a minimum of 33 pounds. Phentolamine mesylate is the active ingredient in OraVerse, and it is a drug that has been used in other medical applications for the past 50 years. OraVerse is administered in the site and in the same fashion as local anesthetic, Crane said.

ADA Venture Helps Prioritize Oral Health For Dental Patients

The joint venture between ADA Business Enterprises, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Dental Association, and Intelligent Dental Marketing, has finalized its internet-based case acceptance tool called Treatment PRO. Treatment PRO contains over 200 videos and documents that can be used in internet-enabled operatories, in the front office or at a patient’s home, work or mobile device with highly customized email video playlists and documents. These video playlists and documents can be entirely branded to the dental practice and customized to the individual patient and are available in English or Spanish. “Treatment PRO helps address the main reasons for unscheduled treatment: confusion, forgetfulness and procrastination. The documents and video playlists reinforce my treatment, explain it to other decision-makers not present for the exam and constantly remind and market my treatment to the patient, keeping oral health in front of other priorities competing for their limited dollars,” says Dr Rob Thorup, President of ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing and co-creator of Treatment PRO. If the patient cannot find a solution that conveniently fits into their budget, they will be less likely to accept treatment. For this reason, Treatment PRO has partnered with CareCredit, the number one provider of health care payment plans, to assist treatment coordinators in making needed dental care fit in any budget and therefore possible. Monthly payment options and video clip explanations of how and when to use No Interest and Low Interest Payment Options are embedded in the system. “At $99 per month, with absolutely no upfront fee, Treatment PRO is hands-down the most affordable case acceptance and case presentation tool,” says Trent Staggs, Director of Treatment PRO. “We understand the need dentists have to educate patients on a daily basis. Treatment PRO provides this with the highest quality 3D animation and video content, in ‘patient-speak.’ This product goes much further than just patient education. Treatment PRO’s custom documents and email video playlists constantly market treatment in a way that has previously not been possible.”

Current ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing offerings include logo and identity development, web-site development, and internal and external marketing solutions to help improve new patient flow and profitability within dental practices.

For more information about Treatment PRO, visit or call toll-free at (888) 204-0442.

For more information about ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing, visit or call toll-free at (877) 942-8855.


About ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing:
ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing offers a comprehensive suite of marketing products and services for dental practices. ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing is engaged in developing and deploying innovative marketing solutions that can dramatically improve new patient-flow, case acceptance, profitability and brand awareness for the dental practices it serves. The products and services include direct mail, Website development, logo and identity development, and the TreatmentPRO case presentation system, as well as a number of other marketing solutions.

Dental assistants are smiling about their prospects in a fast-growing industry

Outlook: Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow 29 percent from 2006 to 2016, among the fastest growing occupations over the projection period.

Pay: The 5,100 dental assistants in the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma area earned a median wage of $38,240 in 2007. According to the American Dental Association, 87 percent of dentists offer reimbursement for continuing education courses taken by their assistants.

The job: Dental assistants sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare and lay out the instruments and materials required to treat each patient, and obtain patients’ dental records. During dental procedures, assistants work alongside the dentist to provide assistance. They hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep patients’ mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices. They also instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care.

Training, licensing: Training approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation within the American Dental Association includes classroom, laboratory and preclinical instruction in dental-assisting skills and related theory. In addition, students gain practical experience in dental schools, clinics or dental offices. Most programs take one year or less to complete and lead to a certificate or diploma. A number of private vocational schools offer four- to six-month courses in dental assisting, but the Commission on Dental Accreditation does not accredit these programs. A large number of dental assistants also learn through on-the-job training.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Eco-Dentistry Association™ Announces its International Launch; New Dental Association Aims to Make Profession Eco-Friendly One Toothbrush at Time

The Eco-Dentistry Association™ (EDA), an international association of dental professionals, was launched today by the creators of the country's first green dental office to give colleagues access to eco-friendly practices and consumers the power to encourage their dentists to adopt earth-friendly methods.

Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2009 -- The Eco-Dentistry Association™ (EDA), an international association of dental professionals, was launched today by the creators of the country's first green dental office to give colleagues access to eco-friendly practices and consumers the power to encourage their dentists to adopt earth-friendly methods.

Imagine this…

  • If every U.S. dental office installed a device capturing mercury-containing waste, at least 7400 pounds of toxic waste would be kept out of the nation's water supplies each year.

  • By switching to reusable and non-toxic disinfection methods, the dental industry would prevent...

    • 680 million disposable chair barriers, light handle covers and patient bibs, and 1.7 billion instrument sterilization pouches from ending up in landfills yearly.

The Eco-Dentistry Association offers dental professionals practical tips on reducing waste and pollution and conserving resources, like using cloth wrappers instead of disposables to sterilize dental instruments, installing energy efficient lighting, properly disposing of mercury-containing dental waste, and planet-friendly building and office methods, like non-toxic paint and recycled copy paper.

It provides the public with information about digital x-ray systems which reduce radiation exposure by up to 90%, dental appliances free from the hormone-disrupting chemical, bisphenol-A, found in many plastics, and questions to ask their dentists about environmental stewardship.

To date the new planet-friendly organization has registered eco-conscious members in 20 U.S. states and Canada. The group's members hail from all over the country including unexpected places like Waxahachie, Texas, Beachwood, Ohio and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The organization is the brainchild of Dr. Fred Pockrass, a dentist, and his lawyer turned entrepreneur wife, Ina Pockrass. Six years ago, the couple created the model for eco-friendly dentistry, and operates their own successful dental practice in Berkeley, California, the first in the country to be certified as a green business. They formed the organization to stimulate a movement in the dental industry to employ environmentally-sound practices.

"Dentistry and dental hygiene have always been in the forefront of preventative care. Now we are in the forefront of planetary care," said Dr. Pockrass. "The Eco-Dentistry Association gives dental practitioners a single point of contact for resources and research to green their practices and access to a collaborative community of like-minded professionals."

"While some people still think that doing environmentally responsible business costs more," according to Gil Friend, CEO of Natural Logic, a sustainability consulting firm that analyzed costs and benefits for the EDA, "our study busts that myth. Nearly every eco-friendly innovation is also friendly to the bottom line. Even simple things, like making the switch from paper patient charting to digital charting, can yield an immediate payback."