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Foundation President's Message - Fall 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016  
Posted by: CSPD
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I’m sure that on many occasions, all of you have asked yourselves this same question – “What’s the future of my profession, and what’s my future as a pediatric dentist?” As a professional, I also ask myself these questions. I’m personally and professionally embedded in the dental industry. Those of you who know me realize I have a real love of pediatric dentistry. Why? It’s because of what you do! When I was a child I had one of the worst experiences anyone could have in the dentist’s chair, and I to this day still fear going to the dentist. Fast forward 25 years: Pediatric dentistry as a specialty. WOW! What a difference in the life of a child. My own son loves to go to the dentist – all because his first time with a dentist was with a well-trained pediatric specialist, with the skills and training required to handle the needs of the young patient.

Paradigm Shift
Those of you who have been in practice for a while realize that dental benefits for children are gaining popularity, both in private and government programs.  
By 2020, the largest segment of our population will be ages 0-18. How are we to handle this influx of patients in need? Approximately 4 million are born each year. More than half of these children are covered under the very challenged Medicaid dental program. Many corporate dental groups (CDGs) and dental service organizations (DSOs) are flourishing across the nation, hiring pediatric specialists, but also hiring general dentists, some with limited training in the treatment of children.    

ADA Fact – Pediatric postdoctoral educational program applications are up – beating out oral surgery and orthodontics for the top spots. With this high influx of patients and continued demand for pediatric post-doctoral programs – How are the programs going to handle this surge?

As a specialty, now is the time for us to come together in support of the organizations that have supported you and who “have your back”, always looking for ways to strengthen our profession and to prepare for whatever the future may bring. 

The CSPD Foundation
This is where the Foundation is most effective and continues to make a difference! – By addressing this crisis and supporting the educational programs in California with funding for additional staff, innovative programs, lunch & learn events and student groups. 

The Foundation also supports the CSPD Annual Meeting, sponsoring key hot topic educational programs that are vital to the future care of children. We also fund CSPD leadership programs such as the Warren Brandli Internships and the Santos Cortez Legislative Advocacy Internships. These programs insure that CSPD and the Foundation are well supplied with passionate leaders now and into the future. 

As an organization we have a voice in the future of our profession – but this voice cannot be heard without your support by giving to the Foundation.

Please join us in this ongoing effort by making a meaningful contribution to your CSPD Foundation when you receive my annual giving appeal letter in the very near future.

The Foundation Board joins me in expressing our sincere thanks for your support of the Foundation in the past, but more importantly now and into the future.

Steve Gross, CSPDF President

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