fall tree in snow

Register Now

Study Club Program

September 23, 2022

dr brent ludens

"Esthetic Implant Restorations: Maximize Success, Minimize Complications"

presented by Brent Ludens, DDS
8:00am to 4:00pm
at The Venue in Leawood, 4800 W 135th St #108
Partially Sponsored by Nobel Biocare

Click here to download the meeting notice and registration form.

Register by September 13, 2022.

Part of the fun of getting together at Fifth District Study Club events is the door prizes, and you can help! If you would be willing to donate an item (or two or three...) for our September 23 CE program, email or call Nedra Sparks.

Mark Your Calendar

2022 President's Social and
Annual Business Meeting

somerset sign

Thursday Evening, September 29, 2022

Somerset Wine & Cider Bar

311 E 135th St, Kansas City, MO 64145

Evites will be sent to your Fifth District email. If you would like to update your email address, contact Nedra Sparks.

The Fifth District 2022 Annual Business Meeting will be held the same evening and location as the President's Social, exact time TBD. A meeting notice will go out via email in mid-August.

golf course with club and ball

September 30, 2022

Minor Park Golf Course, 11215 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131

This event is open to Fifth District and Greater Kansas City Dental Society dentists. Click here to download a registration form and sign up by August 30! 

letter icon


Effective August 1, 2022

Fifth District Dental Society
11750 W 135th St #1059
Overland Park, KS 66221-9395

Please update your records and notify your office manager.


2023 Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) free dental clinic will be held on March 24-25, 2023 at the Stormont Vail Event Center in Topeka, KS. Please mark your calendar now and plan to participate!


Watch the new video from ADA President, Dr. Cesar Sabates, about how you can make a difference in your community by volunteering with Dental Lifeline Network.
Patients are waiting for care and with your generous support, Dental Lifeline Network will be able to provide access to free dental care for hundreds more people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.


 SmileCon 2022

October 13–15 
George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, TX

The ADA has planned continuing education courses covering a variety of topics for SmileCon 2022. Registration is open for SmileCon, which will be a joint meeting with the 2022 Texas Dental Association Meeting and the 2023 Greater Houston Dental Society's Star of the South Dental Meeting, according to ADA News. "We have curated a collection of the top thought leaders to bring you the latest and greatest in dental education in a high-energy, relatable and engaging manner," said CE Chair Dr. Peter Shatz.

Do you have colleagues who are unsure of the value of organized dentistry?


The ADA and KDA are your national and state oral health advocates—always fighting for what matters to you and your patients. Review the 2021 ADA advocacy accomplishments here.

In the News:

The ADA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a meeting to address "significant concerns" about limited access to dental rehabilitation surgery in hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical centers for children and adults with special needs and disabilities, ADA News reported. They called for a new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code for dental surgical procedures performed under general anesthesia, and for payments to be at a rate reflecting the costs involved, based on Medicare data. Read the full story in ADA News.

Under stress? The ADA is here to help!

According to the 2021 Dentist Health and Well-being Survey, the majority of dentists are reporting moderate or severe stress at work. As a result, many dental students and dental professionals are dealing with burnout, substance use disorders (SUDs) and other conditions that may impair their abilities to practice competent dentistry. If you, or someone you know, is battling stress or substance abuse, the ADA is here to help. The ADA's Dentist Health and Wellness Program, along with state dentist well-being programs, are composed of people who are concerned about the health and well-being of their peers. The ADA Health and Wellness Program will connect you with your state dentist well-being program director. You can also contact your state dentist well-being director directly. Members can download the ADA State Well Being Program Directory to find their contact information. Your call or email will be strictly confidential. Non-ADA members can purchase the State Well Being Program Directory through the ADA Catalog.

There are signs that you or someone you know may need help. The ADA has created a free resource sheet that offers some symptoms of distress. 
You'll also find information about accessing help.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the ADA's Health and Wellness Program, contact Felicia Bloom, manager of elder care and dentist health and wellness for the ADA’s Center for Dental Practice Policy, at bloomf@ada.org.

chalkboard with lettering

Earn Continuing Education Credits through the ADA's Summer CE Programs

The Science of Advocacy

August 18, 7:00pm
CE Credits: 1
Cost: Free

The science (and the art) of public policy advocacy is a compelling topic, particularly in light of the challenges presented by growing political partisanship and politically motivated thinking (a.k.a. cultural cognition). Effective public policy advocacy can positively shape the world of dental medicine, health care policy, and public health practice. This webinar will offer potential solutions, stemming from cultural cognition studies as well as time-tested lessons from the discipline of Communication Studies, on how to address and overcome politically motivated thinking. Registration Link

From Policy to Chairside: Improving Oral Healthcare of the Aging Population (Hybrid Event)

August 26, 8:00am
CE Credits: 6
Cost: $175 members, $225 non-members; discounted rate available for select dentists and dental students

The ADA Practice Institute and the National Elder Care Advisory Committee (NECAC) will host this hybrid event on Friday, August 26. The symposium will showcase important topics that impact the oral and systemic health of older adults. Speakers from across academia, the federal government and different practice modalities will share perspectives to engage both in-person and online attendees in a common purpose to serve this unique segment of patients. The symposium has been developed for all dental professionals and students – regardless of career stage or practice modality.
Registration Link

For additional courses, go to ada.org/education/continuing-education.

calendar with green check

Fifth District Calendar


September 29, 2022 Somerset Wine & Cider Bar in Martin City


In-Person Meetings will be held at Dr. Tim Herre's Office, 11201 Nall Ave, Ste 120, Leawood

August 2, 2022 In-Person


An added benefit to living in the Kansas City metro area is the availability of quality CE programs through our sister organization in Missouri, Greater Kansas City Dental Society. For more information, call 816.737.5353 or email gkcds@att.net.