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A message from the 2017-2018 CFDDA President, Dr. Bryan Bergens:

Moving On….

 Well, this is my last presidential message, and boy, how time flies! I want to thank everyone associated with the Central Florida District Dental Association — the staff, the volunteer dentists, and Marlinda Fulton, CFDDA Executive Director, all have provided support and guidance throughout the year.

I want to remind all members to be sure and renew and pay your dues. Membership dues keep us going as an organization.

Your dues also help to support our advocacy efforts, which were instrumental in getting the dental therapists legislation tabled for this year in Tallahassee. The issue may arise again, but I know CFDDA dentists will step up to the challenge and help as they did this year. Remember, there is power in numbers!

Also, volunteer in your affiliate dental association for a leadership position or to donate your time and expertise at events serving people in need in your community. Elect to be a dentist in the Donated Dental Services Program (see page 14) and save the date for the 2019 FLA MOM Event, March 22-23, in Orlando!

The 2018 CFDDA Annual Meeting is next month, May 4-5, 2018, at the beautiful Hilton Daytona Beach Resort — right on the beach! The hotel is situated by restaurants, a movie theater, and a water park, all in walking distance. We have two outstanding speakers scheduled — Dr. Howard Chasolen, on Friday, will speak on the seamless integration of aesthetics, form and function: the restorative/periodontal interface and on Saturday, Dr. Gerald Kugel, will lecture on adhesive dentistry and bioactive materials, and the do’s and don’ts of porcelain laminate veneers. All dental team members are encouraged to attend. As a CFDDA member, you and your dental hygienist can attain up to 12 continuing education credits at no cost. Also, the CFDDA office will enter all your continuing education hours from this into CE Broker.

Well, the time has come for me to move on, and for all, I wish the best of luck, and again, my sincere thanks to the CFDDA!