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Dedication- - - - - -
The class of 1964 dedicates this year's Chips to a
man who through his helpfulness, unselfish devotion
of time, and sincere honesty has given constant in-
Dr. lohn Sin-gler is a native of South Bend, Indiana
Where he received his early education. His pre-den-
tal Work was completed at Notre Dame and the Uni-
versity of Michigan. A 1939 graduate of Loyola Den-
tal School, Dr. Singler practiced in his home town
until called into the service in 1942. He transferred
from the Dental Corps into the Paratroopers While
in the Army.
Claiming hunting and fishing as hobbies he is the
father of four boys and a girl. Dr. Singler has taught
at P CS S since his appointment to the faculty in 1952.
With great pride We dedicate this book to you Dr.
Singler and again say THANK YOU.
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Of the health services dentistry is the most sen-
sitive to family income. Increases in the amount of
money available to families has very definitely
increased the proportion of the population seeking
care and can be expected to continue to do so. As
the development of dental insurance plans and
prepayment plans increase, the proportion cf the
population seeking dental care will grow greater.
Irrespective of this, the determination of the precise
number of the dentists or dental schools subject to
such a variety of variables that the validity of any
figure calculated is seriously compromised. There
is no question that increases in dental manpower
must and should occur but the incumbent must
bear a close relationship to the demand for dental
It is far more important that the profession at-
tempts to increase its potential or capacity for core
before attempting to increase its numbers: as a
corollary it is equally important that the profession
utilize all preventive measures before increasing
its manpower. There is no question that the preval-
ence of periodontal disease does call for an in-
crease in the number of periodontists. However, it
also calls for implementation of teaching staffs and
an implementation of research in dental schools to
increase the proficiency of students in periodontal
With respect to dental caries a restraining in-
fluence on its prevalence is the first order of busi-
ness, not increasing manpower. Increased instruc-
tion in the use of topical fluorides, dietary fluorides,
and water fluoridation are badly needed. There
are twenty-two communities in California fluoridat-
ing at the present time. Twenty-two cities cover a
population of approximately one and one-half mil-
lion. Another six or seven million Californians
consume fluoridated water between 0.3 parts per
million and 2 parts per million in those areas where
the fluoride ion has a natural occurence in water.
There are several steps within the practice of
dentistry and within dental education that may be
taken to increase the efficiency with which the pro-
fession renders care. Fifty per cent of the practicing
dentists have between 800 and 900 patients. Only
ten per cent have more than two thousand patients.
This is by no means compatible with the potential
capacity for dental care that actually exists.
The dental practitioner is solely responsible for
dental treatment and all decisions and iudgments
related to it. However, this does not prevent him
from utilizing a dental assistant and in such a man-
ner has to increase his potential for care. The in-
crease in work load achieved above the normal is
spoken of as a dental equivalent. An increase of
fifty per cent in work load is the equivalent of one
and one-half dentists.
lt is well documented that the effective utilization
of qualified auxiliary personnel, additional oper-
atories, and modern operative procedures will per-
mit a marked increase in the available dental
service for more patients. In quantitative terms, one
dental assistant can increase the patient load by
about one-third and two assistants with two oper-
atories may increase the patient service by at least
sixty-five per cent.
The trend as evidenced in the data from the
American Dental Association indicates a substan-
tial rise annually in the percentage of dentists who
are utilizing one or two auxiliary personnel and the
result of increase in activity. Assuming that every
nonsalaried dentist who practices will have at least
one full-time assistant and that twenty per cent will
have at least two assistants by l975, then eighty
per cent of the nonsalaried dentists could increase
their potential load by at least one-third by employ-
ing a second dental assistant. The estimated total
of dentists that will be needed by 1975 is ll8,l42.
If eighty per cent of the dentists increase their ef-
ficiency as indicated above they could increase
their number in terms of equivalent dentists by an
additional 25,455 lf this is added to the ll8,l42
dentists needed in 1975 a sum of 143,597 dentists
results. This is 10,000 more in total of dental equiv-
alents than is required in the 1975 estimate.
Continuing education and research in educa-
tional methods ultimately lend themselves to in-
creased efficiency and practice. The dental school
has the obligation for providing opportunity for
such study throughout the professional life of the
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