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The Communiqué is distributed monthly via email to AAE members and supporters. Its mission is to promote communication among AAE members, leaders of the AAE, ABE and AAE Foundation, and AAE affiliate organizations; encourage coordinated activities; inform the membership of developments in the endodontic specialty and dental profession; and raise awareness of AAE events, products and services. The AAE Membership Services Committee serves as the Communiqué Editorial Board.

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Office Reopening Tips and Tricks

By Dr. Rina Campbell When the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in mid-March, dental offices in our area started closing…

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President’s Message: Value in Retaining Natural Teeth

“Worth Saving” Campaign/Strategic Priority 1: Value in Retaining Natural Teeth: The public will value saving their natural teeth and seek endodontists — the specialists in saving teeth — for their care.

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Amalgam Separator Rule – July 14 Compliance Date

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category (the “Rule”) went into effect on July 14, 2017, with a required compliance date of July 14, 2020.

The Rule requires that most dental practices operate and maintain at least one amalgam separator that is International Standards Organization standard 11143 (ISO 11143) compliant, and follow two American Dental Association (ADA) Best Management Practices (BMPs) – a prohibition on the discharge of waste (or ‘‘scrap’’) amalgam to publicly owned treatment works (POTW) and a prohibition on the use of line cleaners that are oxidizing or acidic and that have a pH higher than 8 or lower than 6.

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An AAE Advocacy Update

The past few months have been unlike any other. The AAE is here for you and tirelessly working…

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Weathering the Storm: AAE Catches Up With Dr. Rico D. Short

AAE member and Diplomate, Rico D. Short D.M.D, B.C.E, F.I.C.D, is a microsurgical root canal specialist and clinical assistant professor at Dental College of Georgia. He is also an author, lecturer and inspirational speaker. We recently caught up with Dr. Short, who described the life-altering injury that inspired his latest book, In the Eye of a Storm, and also discussed his thoughts on some major events of 2020.

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Foundation Outreach

In early 2020, three endodontists volunteered their time for the Foundation for Endodontics’ 15th International Outreach Program. Drs. John T. Dominici, Winnie Zhang, and Christopher A. Pellicano travelled to the Helping Hand Clinic in Treasure Beach, Jamaica to provide under-resourced, local community members with endodontic care.

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