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Dentistry and Mass Disasters: A Dentist's Role as a First Responder During a Public Health Emergency
Date:5/4/2009

Dental convention examines mass disaster management

ANAHEIM, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ --

    WHEN:      Thursday, May 14, 2009 to Sunday, May 17, 2009

    WHERE:     Anaheim Convention Center (ACC)
               800 W Katella Ave           Anaheim, CA 92802

    CONTACTS:  Jessica Joisten 916.524.7686 and Doug Elmets 916.206.8662

    WHAT:      Approximately 30,000 dental professionals are expected to
               attend CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, the
               biannual convention of the California Dental Association.
               Hundreds of courses are planned for the four days, providing
               dentists from across the U.S. the opportunity to learn the
               latest methods and techniques in oral health treatments.
               Approximately 600 exhibitors will also be on hand to
               demonstrate innovative products and services on the market. The
               industry's leading dental professionals and other
               internationally renowned speakers will also discuss public
               interest issues, such as:

Emergency Preparedness: The Role of Dental Professionals

The majority of the public probably wouldn't think of their dentist as being a first responder during a mass disaster or health emergency, such as a swine flu epidemic. However, as of January 1, 2009, the Dental Practice Act was modified to state that in a declared emergency, dentists who are part of their local emergency response teams and/or have received appropriate training can assist during an emergency, providing services for which they have been trained. This could potentially provide Californians an additional 30,000 health care providers in an emergency situation.

The lecture, led by Dr. Joyce Galligan, associate professor at the USC School of Dentistry and director of the Disaster Prepare
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