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Monday, May 12, 2008

Out of the Office--ADA Leadership Role

I apologize to anyone who may be calling our office over the last several days and have not been able to reach us. It is very unusual for us to be closed more than a couple of days at a time, but it just so happened that there are two back-to-back events requiring Dr. Moreau to be away this week.

As you've probably read in previous posts, we were attending the annual scientific session of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Tuesday through Friday of last week.

Monday and Tuesday of this week (5/12, 13) Dr. Moreau is in Washington, D.C. meeting with congressmen and senators on behalf of the American Dental Association. Dr. Moreau has been involved for a number of years with this facet of the ADA's legislative grassroots initiative. He is very comfortable and effective in this role, and this year was asked by the Louisiana Dental Association to take on the role as Action Team Leader for the whole state. As such, he coordinates other dentists throughout the state who then contact their congressmen and senators in their home districts to establish rapport and be available to communicate the ADA's position on various issues that are important to dentistry...such as funding for children's dental programs and fluoridation of water supplies.

Each spring, the ADA brings dentists from throughout the country to Washington for a few days of leadership training, reviews of pertinent issues and speakers from Capital Hill. The dentists arrange ahead of time to meet in the Senate and House offices with the legislators and/or their staffs.

You should be happy to know that dentistry has organized this grassroots effort to ensure, through legislation, the safety of patients, promotion of good health initiatives and provision for advances in dental care. You, the patient, are the ultimate beneficiary of these efforts.

So, I apologize again if we failed to answer the phone when you called this week. Cindi and Jessica are trying to man the phones as much as possible, and I am monitoring email from my remote location and responding to your appointment confirmation messages and requests for information as quickly as I can. Your continued patience is appreciated.

We will be in the office with our hygiene team seeing patients on Monday and Tuesday and will be happy to hear from you then.

posted by MoreSmiles at 6:32 PM


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