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Molar sculptures on Chicago's Magnificent Mile honor CDS sesquicentennial

July 02, 2014
image of Members of the CDS Sesquicentennial Committee unveiling the 150th Anniversary Molar display in Pioneer Plaza, including, from left, Drs. John Moore, Terri Tiersky, H. Todd Cubbon, Walter Lamacki, Susan Becker Doroshow and Joseph Discipio.
Magnificent Mile molars: Members of the CDS Sesquicentennial Committee unveil the 150th Anniversary Molar display in Pioneer Plaza, including, from left, Drs. John Moore, Terri Tiersky, H. Todd Cubbon, Walter Lamacki, Susan Becker Doroshow and Joseph Discipio.
The Chicago Dental Society is taking its 150th anniversary celebration to the city's Magnificent Mile, where four decorated four-foot-high tooth sculptures honor CDS and its role in improving the oral health of Chicago residents.

Ten molars decorated by CDS members and friends were on display at the annual CDS Midwinter Meeting in February. Meeting-goers voted onsite for their favorite tooth sculpture and the public was invited to vote online at CDS.org beginning in March. More than 9,000 ballots were cast overall.

"For the past 150 years, the Chicago Dental Society has been at the forefront of oral health," said Dr. H. Todd Cubbon, a dentist in Crete, Illinois; a CDS past president; and chair of the CDS Sesquicentennial Committee. "Many Chicagoans are familiar with the statue of G.V. Black – one of the founders of modern dentistry – in Lincoln Park. But the Chicago Dental Society and its members have been active in several efforts to improve oral health over the past 150 years and hope to continue to do so for 150 more."

Colgate; Ultradent Products Inc.; Hu-Friedy; and Chicago dental practice Dentistry for Kids created the sculptures on display in front of the building which houses the dental society.

Also participating in the contest were DentalTown; Freeman; Chicago-based Harry J. Bosworth Co.; Chicago dentist J.V. Discipio, D.D.S., and Associates, Ltd.; Chicago dental practice Pediatric Dental Health Associates; and Shatkin F.I.R.S.T. Inc. CDS will display the sculptures through Aug. 25 in Pioneer Plaza at 401 N. Michigan Avenue.

"The overwhelming participation in judging the 150th Anniversary Molars reflects the public's awareness and interest in dental health," said Dr. Cubbon. "CDS and the Sesquicentennial Committee are looking forward to reaction generated by our Molars on Michigan when the four top vote-getting molars are displayed on the plaza. We feel this will be a fun way to involve and convey to the public CDS's past and future commitment to their dental heath, and our hope that our 150 years of Keeping Chicago Smiling will continue for another 150 years. We thank the 10 sponsors that made this possible through their creative efforts to customize their molars, and we congratulate the four fan favorites."

For more details on the CDS sesquicentennial, visit CDS.org.