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Dr. John F. Rink, Jr., DDS, AAACD Achieves Accredited Status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry®

March 28, 2006 Madison, WI – John F. Rink, Jr., DDS, AAACD , of Charleston, SC has achieved Accredited status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) – joining just over 250 dental professionals in the world who have earned the prestigious designation. Dr. Rink reached this status through a dedication to continuing education and careful adherence to clinical protocol.

“I am honored to become an Accredited member of the AACD. Through the challenges of the program, I have learned the keys to providing my patients with cosmetic dental services,” said Dr. Rink.

Through the AACD’s advanced credentialing program for dentists and dental laboratory technicians, AACD members who wish to become Accredited must undergo a three-part process consisting of a written examination, submission of clinical cases for evaluation and an oral examination. Each candidate must also attend a series of workshops as part of the program. While each part must be completed in sequence, candidates have up to five years to complete the program after successfully completing the written examination. They can then proceed at a pace that works best for them. For more information regarding specifics about the program, please visit www.AACD.com.

Dr. Rink graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1983. He has actively pursued higher levels of education in esthetic and restorative dentistry notably at the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education and the Baylor College of Dentistry. He is currently on staff at the Medical University of South Carolina Dental School and has lectured at the Charleston Dental Hygiene Association meetings as well as numerous local and regional dental Study Clubs. He is a newly Accredited member of the AACD, which he joined in 1997. Dr. Rink has continually focused on utilizing the latest in digital technology to enhance his cosmetic and restorative practice and has been working with the Cerec restorative system since 1998.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is the largest international dental organization committed to excellence in cosmetic dentistry. Founded in 1984, the AACD has over 7,600 members in more than 60 countries worldwide. Members of the Academy include cosmetic and reconstructive dentists, dental laboratory technicians, dental hygienists, dental assistants, educators, researchers and students.

Dr. Rink practices cosmetic dentistry at Charleston Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry, 33 C Gamecock Ave, Charleston, SC 29407-3369, and may be contacted by telephone at (843) 428-8734, via e-mail at [email protected] or on the Internet at www.cccrdentistry.com. For more information regarding the AACD, please visit the organization’s Web site at www.AACD.com, send an e-mail to [email protected] or call (608) 222-8583.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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