President’s Message


As I wrote the previous President's message, I thought we'd be buried under a pile of snow. As it turns out, I was right! I'm a skier, so I enjoy the snow, but I do not enjoy clearing my driveway and sidewalk. But, such is life in Minnesota...

I am looking ahead to the summer and June in Toronto. The Symposium – Sports Dentistry: Building Blocks for the Future – is really taking shape. Dr. Tom Coreno will speak about the program that he has set up with the Greater Cleveland Dental Society to create individual, custom-made mouthguards for high school football players in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as well as to educate and inspire these youth in underserved communities on the lifetime benefits of good oral health. In addition, our friends from Germany, Dr. Florian Goettfert, Dr. Thomas Schwenk, and Dr. Marcus Striegel, will be speaking about facts and fiction surrounding improved sports performance. There will also be a lecture about the future of taking impressions as it relates to mouthguards. These are just a few of the great speakers I am looking forward to hearing.

In addition, one of the new formats I am most excited about involves roundtable discussions on Saturday morning. We will have 10-12 tables with approximately 10 people at each table. Each table will have a leader with a particular focus. Some of the topics include: a trauma case presentation; how to start a community mouthguard program; what to have in your sports emergency kit; and roles and responsibilities of professional sports team dentists. This format will provide a great opportunity to discuss and answer questions on a variety of topics in a more intimate setting. Registration for the roundtables will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register early. The topics will be listed in the Symposium brochure so you can indicate your preferences. Because the roundtable discussions will be the first thing Saturday morning, our usual business meeting will now be Saturday just before lunch.

When registering, please stay at the Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront. The ASD has a certain commitment that we must meet to the hotel for rooms and services. It's a great location and easily accessible to local transportation.

A few other odds and ends:

  • Check out our new website – I think everyone will find it more user friendly. Also, our updated PowerPoint is ready. This is a great resource for our members who would like to educate themselves and the general public about sports dentistry. It contains over 200 slides with speaker notes. Particularly if you don't already own a version, please give serious consideration to buying this new version. Information on purchasing a copy is on the website.
  • The feedback from the Symposium in New Orleans was excellent, and it was a financial success.
  • We are continuing our relationship with NATA, as Dr. Byron Blasco and Dr. Hans Stasiuk will be speaking at the NATA convention in June of 2019.
  • If you've ever had any interest in visiting Osaka, Japan, the second international sports dentistry consensus statement meeting will be held from Sept. 28 to Sept. 30, 2019. For more information about this meeting, please contact Dr. Jeff Lloyd.
  • I know it's early, but also mark your calendars for the 2020 ASD Symposium in Nashville. Dr. Walter Chitwood, Jr., is the chairman for the Symposium, and it will be held at the Hilton Nashville Downtown.
  • Please consider doing a research project or a poster presentation that can be shared at one of our symposia.

As always, if you know of anyone interested in sports dentistry, please encourage them to join the ASD.

That's all for now!