Dental Alumni Society and Membership Benefits
A Note from Dr. Paul Loper,
President of the Dental Alumni Society
Dentistry, like society, is changing and the demands on administrators, educators and students have increased significantly. The College of Dentistry's responsibility to meet this changing environment is paramount and more challenging than ever in our history.
Changes in society are everywhere. For example, the first text message was sent in 1992. Today the number of texts sent is double the population of this planet. In 1984, there were 1,000 internet devices. Now there are 10 billion. We deal with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, websites, emails…the list goes on and on.
In dentistry, the changes include digital radiographs, lasers, cone beam CT images, digital caries detection units, and digital impressions. Also, in-office CAD-CAM technology can provide chairside milled zirconia and lithium disilicate bridges, crowns, veneers, onlays and inlays. These are just some of the new technologies and materials available to dentists in the 21st century. The fundamentals of dentistry have not changed, but the procedures and materials we use have changed and will continue to change.
What wonderful timing for the new state-of-the-art (and science) dental school that is now on the agenda to provide students at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry with the finest facilities and technology available today. Since our College of Dentistry is Ohio's only state-supported dental school and the college educates more than 60% of the state's dentists, the quality of dental care in Ohio will be second to none.
The Dental Alumni Society (DAS) is ready to provide support at this exciting time. As our mission statement says, "The Dental Alumni Society was formed to promote the advancement of The Ohio State University and its College of Dentistry and the fellowship among its alumni, faculty, staff and students…." My hope is that DAS members are as excited and supportive of the College of Dentistry as is the DAS Board of Governors. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to impact dentistry for the entire state!
Remember, when it comes to dentistry, "What's good for The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is good for the State of Ohio!"
Dr. Paul Loper '80 – President