Richmond County Dental Society


September 2019 Newsletter


Dear Colleagues:


I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day. It’s hard to believe that the summer has already come and gone! But I hope that everyone had a chance to relax and enjoy the summer months. Richmond County Dental Society (RCDS) is now back in full swing for the fall! Thanks to all who came out to our last meeting in May featuring an informative and beneficial oral pathology lecture by Dr. Denise Trochesset.


Our next RCDS meeting is set for Tuesday, September 17 at Nino’s Restaurant, located at 1110 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10305. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., followed by our general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Our featured lecturer is Dr. Neal Lehrman, who will give a presentation on "LANAP: Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure," a new periodontal alternative to traditional periodontal surgery. This lecture is both timely and relevant to our practices today as our patient population is aging and the majority of adults suffer from some form of periodontal disease. As always, 2 CE credits will be awarded.


In other important news, the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) has filed a complaint with the New York State Attorney General concerning the illegal practice of dentistry by SmileDirectClub, Inc. As many of you are aware, SmileDirectClub indulges in the corporate practice of dentistry without the supervision of a licensed dentist. Unlicensed personnel are able to take impressions for orthodontic appliances without even conducting a comprehensive dental exam or radiographs on the patient. Initiating any movement of a patient’s teeth through orthodontic appliances is a complex clinical consideration with long term implications if done incorrectly.


There is also an update on the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (the SHIELD Act). On July 25, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law two bills that expand the definition of private information, help guarantee identity theft protections for victims of a breach at a credit reporting agency and require businesses to implement more robust data security safeguards. Dr. Raymond Flagiello will be providing a more detailed look into how this will influence our practices and will also update us on the SmileDirectClub situation at our next meeting.


As a final note, your executive committee has decided to again offer the first 30 members to RSVP to this month’s meeting a free dinner, followed by a half price dinner for the next 30 members to RSVP. As always, our residents are sponsored by Second District. So, don't wait! RSVP to Dr. Valerie Venterina, via text at (917) 689-3911.


We hope to see you all there on September 17! Help spread the word and bring a friend/colleague!! All are welcome!




Lydia J. Lam

RCDS 2019 Vice President



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