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Nominate for your ADAVB Council
In this issue of the Victorian Dentist we have included a nomination form for the biennial ADAVB Council elections. Financial ADAVB members are eligible to nominate themselves and you also need to ensure you have your form signed by two current members. Presently, Council is comprised of dentists of both genders, varying ages from the early 30s to the 60s, specialists and general practitioners, public and private dentists, and various ethnic backgrounds. This diversity helps make the ADAVB Council a dynamic Board and is representative of you, the ADAVB members.
I was first elected on the ADAVB Council almost eight years ago. Prior to that, I was on the ADAVB Oral Health Committee. The President’s representative on that committee was my classmate, Matt Hopcraft. Matt would talk about Council, how they set the policies and strategies for the ADAVB and make decisions about how the organisation is run. It sounded interesting, so I thought I would nominate, not expecting to be elected. No one suggested to me that I should nominate.
Initially, being on the ADAVB Council was very daunting – with pages of documents to read and digest, lots of acronyms I had never heard of and finance papers to decipher. This became easier with time, especially after attending fabulous CPD courses at the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Governance, Finance, Risk and Strategy. 
If there are more candidates than positions available, there will be an election. This year will be different from previous ADAVB elections as there will be an electronic vote. ADAVB will engage Corpvote, which has worked with various organisations including the RACV, Westpac Bank, Coles Supermarket and the ABC. The election outcome will be independently determined and audited by Corpvote. There will be no more searching for a post box and concerns that Australia Post will not send the ballot papers back in time or at all! In addition, cross-checking the names on the back of the envelopes with the ADAVB membership list and physically counting the votes is very time consuming for the ADAVB staff.
I have loved my time on the ADAVB Council and have made some lifelong friends. If you are interested in having your voice in the running of our organisation, learning some different skills, are organised and prepared to do the required background reading, please consider nominating for the ADAVB Council. All members are encouraged to apply, including ADC graduates and those who haven’t previously served on committees. The ADAVB Councillors as well as past Councillors are really supportive and are always there for help and advice. Learn more about nominating for Council on page 7.
ADAVB and ADATas, along with ADA NSW and ADA SA, are very excited to announce that Guild Insurance will continue to be our preferred professional indemnity insurance provider. This was an extremely lengthy and robust tender process requiring extensive legal and actuarial advice to ensure the best solution to meet our members’ needs. Find more information about the tender process on page 6.
Remember, to get the full benefit of the Community Relations Officers’ support, you need to be a member of the ADAVB or the ADATas indemnity insurance scheme.
Over the last six months, three young patients in their 20s have been referred to me complaining of having recurrent swellings on the lingual surfaces of one of their mandibular incisors. Upon opening their mouths, I found they had three things in common: 
  1. Localised deep probing depths with bleeding on probing 
  2. Almost no alveolar bone lingually on a CBCT 
  3. Tongue piercings. 
Two of the patients had to have their mandibular incisor extracted and the other patient will probably lose her tooth in the not so distant future. This is devastating for the patient, expensive to treat and totally avoidable.
Recently, I had my earlobes re-pierced. As I had problems with infections around the earrings, I went to a place that specialises in difficult and unusual piercings. I had to sign a very comprehensive consent form that outlined the many risks involved in piercings. However, there was nothing mentioned about the risks to the dentition, gingival tissues and oral mucosa from oral piercings. 
As dentists, we should be informing businesses that perform oral piercings about the dental and oral risks, and ask them to include these risks in their consent forms. In addition, we must encourage our patients, friends and families not to have any intraoral and extraoral piercings, and to remove any oral piercings if they have them.
Dr Susan Wise

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Public Messages
A message from ADAVB President Dr Andrew Gikas (2016/17)
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A message from ADAVB President Dr Andrew Gikas
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Dental Health Week 1- 7 August 2016 focused on preventive measures to assist women through hormone fluctuations. Visit to access information on dental health, free educational resources and steps to prevent dental damage.

One of three messages from Dental Health Week Spokesperson Victoria, Dr Elizabeth Milford.

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The ADAVB is very concerned about the CDBS.

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