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Publisher & Chairman Torsten Oemus Chief Operating Officer Eric Seid Group Editor & Designer Robin Goodman Editor in Chief Dental Tribune Dr. David L. Hoexter Managing Editor/Designer Dental Tribune U.S. & Canada Robert Selleck Managing Editor/Designer Implant, Ortho & Lab Tribunes Sierra Rendon Managing Editor/Designer Ortho Tribune & Show Dailies Kristine Colker Online Editor Fred Michmershuizen Product & Account Manager Mark Eisen Marketing Manager Anna Kataoka-Wlodarczyk Sales & Marketing Assistant Lorrie Young C.E. Manager Christiane Ferret Dental Tribune America, LLC 116 West 23rd Street, Suite 500 New York, NY 10011 Tel.: (212) 244-7181 Fax: (212) 244-7185 Published by Dental Tribune America © 2011 Dental Tribune America, LLC All rights reserved. Dental Tribune strives to maintain the utmost accuracy in its news and clini- cal reports. 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Tell us what you think! state of oral health among Hispanics, the fastest-growing minority group in the country, representing 16 percent of the total U.S. population.1 The sur- vey was conducted among 1,000 His- panic adults and 1,000 adults from the general population, age 18 and older, who live in the continental U.S. “As we can see from the survey findings, there is still a need within the Hispanic community for more Spanish-speaking dental heath pro- fessionals,” said Sarita Arteaga, DMD, MAGD, and spokesperson for the HDA. “Further, with oral health lit- eracy a concern for this population and family serving as key influencers, it is imperative that we improve the communication between these pro- fessionals and patients to ensure that f DT page 1A g DT page 3A Aside from their dentist, Hispanics rely mostly on their parents and physician for oral health education and information. A recent survey showed a need for more Spanish-speaking dental care providers. (Chart/Provided by Hispanic Dental Association and Procter & Gamble) the right teachings are being passed along to future generations.” Top barriers to better oral health The survey found that knowledge gaps (oral health literacy), high cost (access to affordable care and insur- ance) and language/culture differenc- es (Hispanic/Spanish-speaking dental health professionals) are barriers to many Hispanics in achieving good oral health. Specifically, the results found: • When asked if cavities will go away on their own if you brush reg- ularly, almost one-third of Hispan- ics (30 percent) responded that they believe this statement is true or did not know the answer, when in fact the statement is false. About half or more California dentists can now per- form Botox and dermal filler proce- dures for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic uses. Dr. Louis Malc- macher, President of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), was asked to present to the California Dental Board in August of this year on the use of Botox and dermal fillers in dentistry. The board took the matter up at the November meeting where it heard other perspectives as well and consid- ered comments received in a public session from groups such as the Cali- fornia Medical Association, Califor- nia Dental Association and California Academy of General Dentistry. “The bottom line is that Botox and dermal fillers are allowed within the scope of dental practice for use by general dentists for dental esthet- ic and dental therapeutic uses with appropriate training,” Malcmacher said. “Now Botox and dermal fillers in California by dentists is just like any other area of dentistry and will be treated as such. No special statement is necessary from the board allowing Botox and dermal fillers because they are like any other dental procedure, as long as they are being used for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic uses, which is what we teach in our courses and relates to 99 percent of these procedures done in the oral and maxillofacial areas.” California now joins the major- ity of states that allow dentists to do Botox and dermal filler procedures for dental esthetic and dental thera- peutics. The AAFE is a Dental Board of Cal- ifornia registered provider for con- tinuing education and has this same status in many states where it offers its full two-day live patient hands-on Botox/Dysport and dermal filler train- ing for dentistry. About the AAFE The American Academy of Facial Esthetics is a professional and multi- disciplinary membership organiza- tion whose primary mission is teach- ing the best non-surgical and non- invasive facial esthetic techniques, such as Botox and dermal filler train- ing courses for physicians, dentists and health care professionals around the world. The AAFE has trained nearly 6,000 dental professionals in these tech- niques through more than 50 live patient hands-on mentored one-on- one training programs every year throughout North America. DT (Source: American Academy of Facial Esthetics) In California: Botox, dermal filler procedures now treated no differently than getting a filling