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Current data on COVID-19
Check this page regularly for the latest COVID-19 data available from the CDC, WHO and Johns Hopkins University.
07-08-2020
ADA initiates grassroots campaign for next COVID-19 relief bill
The ADA is calling on dentists nationwide to contact their legislators as Congress works on finalizing the next legislation relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
07-08-2020
ADA asks DEA to delay new fee schedule
The ADA is asking the Drug Enforcement Agency to consider delaying its new fee schedule in order to assist dental practices impacted financially by COVID-19.
06-08-2020
ADA thanks lawmakers for bill calling for provider relief funding to be tax deductible
The ADA is thanking two members of Congress for introducing legislation to ensure dentists won’t be taxed on provider relief funding received during COVID-19.
05-08-2020
ADA, others urge Congress to ensure expenses paid for with PPP funds are tax deductible
The ADA and more than 180 other organizations are urging lawmakers to ensure borrowers in the Paycheck Protection Program are eligible for tax-deductibility for expenses paid for with the program funds.
05-08-2020
New standards available for purchase from ADA Store
The American Dental Association Standards Committee on Dental Products has approved new standards that are now available from the ADA.
04-08-2020
American Board of Orofacial Pain applies to be recognized as national certifying board for new specialty
The American Board of Orofacial Pain submitted on July 28 an application and request to the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards to be recognized as the certifying board for the newly approved specialty of orofacial pain.
04-08-2020
ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference to bring dental community together while apart
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping many people apart, dental professionals will have the opportunity to come together virtually during the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference.
04-08-2020
GE Appliances offers ADA members savings, referral program
ADA Member Advantage announced Aug. 3 that GE Appliances, its endorsed appliances provider, is offering Association members savings on dishwashers, washers, dryers and refrigerators for their home and dental offices.
04-08-2020
Just the Facts
Infographic showing that 98% of dental practices have reopened, according to data collected the week of July 13.
03-08-2020
HHS extends Provider Relief Fund deadline
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced it is extending the deadline to Aug. 28 for all dentists to apply for funding through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.
01-08-2020
DEA warns of scammers posing as employees threatening punishment for alleged drug violations
The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning registered practitioners and members of the public about telephone calls from scammers posing as DEA employees to defraud and extort victims.
31-07-2020
ADA weighs in on HEALS Act
As Congress works on the next COVID-19 legislative package, the American Dental Association is urging lawmakers to continue providing relief to dental practices facing economic burdens in the wake of the pandemic.
31-07-2020
Special ADA webinar covers patient sentiments on dental visits during COVID-19
The Association is airing a webinar on Aug. 5 for dentists to learn more about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental practices, which includes new research on consumer views about returning to the dentist.
31-07-2020
ADPAC introduces 2020 Election Center website
With less than 100 days till the general election, the ADA Political Action Committee has unveiled the 2020 Election Center to help dentists and dental students get ready to vote.
31-07-2020
ADA answers top questions about the Provider Relief Fund
The ADA has created an FAQ on popular Provider Relief Fund questions the Association has received ahead of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Aug. 3 deadline to apply for funding.
29-07-2020
New ADA flowchart covers steps if staff, household member test positive for COVID-19
The American Dental Association has updated its Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit and released a new flowchart with guidance to follow if a staff member or someone in a staff member’s household tests positive for COVID-19.
28-07-2020
Free webinar offers look at Bento as a dental plan alternative
The ADA will stream a free webinar on Aug. 4 for dentists to learn more about Bento, which the Association announced as its endorsed dental benefits administrator.
28-07-2020
Maintaining mental health, wellness during COVID-19 pandemic
Dentistry is a high-stress career, and the added challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic underscore the need for dentists to maintain their mental health and well-being, said Dr. Jeffrey Berkley, chair of the Council on Dental Practice’s Health, Wellness & Aging subcommittee.
27-07-2020
CDT 2021 guide, companion, app ready for pre-order
The CDT 2021 and Coding Companion Kit with the CDT 2021 App is expected to ship Sept. 8 from the ADA Catalog and delivers the latest additions and changes to the CDT Code — critical information for patient record keeping as well as being reimbursed quickly and avoiding rejected claims as dental offices are opening up again.
27-07-2020
August JADA finds parents comfortable discussing HPV vaccine with dentists
Parents feel comfortable having discussions about human papillomavirus and its vaccine in the dental setting, according to a study published in the August issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
24-07-2020
HHS answers popular Provider Relief Fund questions
The American Dental Association emailed members July 23 to help clear up confusion for dentists applying to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.
23-07-2020
Ninth wave of HPI poll shows dental care rebound tapering off
The economic recovery of dental offices remained largely unchanged since two weeks ago, with 98% of dental offices open and patient volume at 71% of pre-COVID-19 levels, according to data from the ADA Health Policy Institute impact of COVID-19 poll for the week of July 13.
23-07-2020
In virtual celebration, American College of Dentists commemorates a century of service
The virtual meeting and celebration, which replaces the in-person event scheduled Oct. 14-15 in Orlando, Florida, will include two full days of events. These include the Fellows Forum and a keynote address by Dr. Karl Haden, who will discuss the nine virtues of exceptional leaders based on his best-selling book of the same name. In addition, Dr. Gonzales will deliver Our First 100 Years — the Narrative History of the American College of Dentists.
23-07-2020
Provider Relief Fund webinar set for July 27
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold a webinar to assist dental providers with their applications to receive funding from the department’s Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.
23-07-2020
Dentists have until Aug. 3 to apply to HHS Provider Relief Fund
Eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program dental providers now have until Aug. 3 to apply to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal, the department announced.
17-07-2020
Dentists encouraged to apply as soon as possible for HHS provider relief funding
With the deadline rapidly approaching, the ADA continues to encourage dentists who have been impacted economically from the pandemic to apply to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Provider Relief Fund.
17-07-2020
Coalition urges Congress to make provider relief funding tax deductible
The ADA and other health care stakeholders are urging lawmakers to clarify a provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act so that providers will not be required to pay taxes on money they receive from the provider relief fund.
17-07-2020
Dental organizations urge Congress to assist dentists, dental practices in next COVID package
As Congress works on the next COVID-19 legislation package, the ADA, Organized Dentistry Coalition and state dental associations are asking Congress to continue providing relief to dental practices facing economic burdens in the wake of the pandemic.
17-07-2020
ADA Health Policy Institute launches ‘Survey of Dental Practice’
The ADA Health Policy Institute is looking for dentists to complete its “Survey of Dental Practice.”
17-07-2020
Save the date for ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference
The ADA FDC Annual Meeting is moving forward as the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference, a live and on-demand experience scheduled for Oct. 15-17.
17-07-2020
Coalition urges Congress to forgive PPP loans less than $150,000
The ADA and more than 100 stakeholders are asking Congress to pass a new bill that would ease the process to obtain loan forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans of less than $150,000.
16-07-2020
Coalition supports helping Medicaid, CHIP enrollees quit tobacco during pandemic
The ADA and a large coalition of stakeholders are supporting a new bill aimed at ensuring Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees have access to “the full array of evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments” during COVID-19.
15-07-2020
Eight former leaders in U.S. Public Health Service affirm support of water fluoridation
In honor of the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation, eight former chief dental officers of the U.S. Public Health Service signed a letter July 7 of support for the program, which they said is “the great equalizer in prevention of dental caries because all individuals regardless of income or education are able to access their public tap water.”
15-07-2020
Alliance of the ADA to host drop-in session on COVID-19 pandemic
The Alliance of the American Dental Association's Well-Being Committee is hosting a virtual session to help dental spouses connect during the COVID-19 pandemic.
14-07-2020
Massachusetts Dental Society executive director remembered as 'gifted leader'
Conor P. McNulty, executive director of the Massachusetts Dental Society and former executive director of the Oregon Dental Association, died July 6 at his home in Framingham, Massachusetts.
14-07-2020
ADA calls for associations to be included in Paycheck Protection Program
The American Dental Association, together with about 2,200 other organizations, are calling for U.S. leaders to include 501(c)(6) organizations — such as trade, business, professional and membership associations — in the Paycheck Protection Program.
14-07-2020
HHS opens Provider Relief Fund to dentists
Dentists who were previously ineligible for relief can now apply to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Provider Relief Fund.
13-07-2020
ADA, coalition urges Congress for $4.5 billion investment in public health infrastructure
The Association joined a coalition of more than 250 organizations in urging Congress to include a significant, long-term investment in the public health infrastructure as it considers new legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
13-07-2020
Fluoridation series on tap through July
Three ADA continuing education webinars remain in July in honor of the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation.
10-07-2020
IRS offers guidance on sick, family leave reporting requirements
The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance July 8 intended to help employers fulfill the requirement to report the amount of qualified sick leave wages and qualified family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
10-07-2020
WHO survey seeks feedback to evaluate COVID-19's impact on dentistry
The World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and Community Dentistry in Milan is seeking input from dentists around the world on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them.
10-07-2020
CMS releases Program Year 2019 Open Payments data
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced June 30 that it has published the Open Payments Program Year 2019 data, along with updated data for previous years.
09-07-2020
Eighth wave of HPI poll shows dental care rebound slowing down
Patient volume has recovered to an average of 70% of pre-COVID-19 levels, though there are signs the rebound is slowing down, according to data from the ADA Health Policy Institute impact of COVID-19 poll for the week of June 29.
09-07-2020
Patient communication resource center available to help welcome patients back
The ADA launched a Patient Return Resource Center July 7 with customizable communication tools for practices to use with patients during this time when many dentists are reopening.
09-07-2020
Southern California clinic believes Give Kids A Smile is year-round endeavor
Give Kids A Smile events are traditionally held across the country on the first Friday of February each year, providing essential oral health care and education to thousands of children in need.
09-07-2020
Dr. Leo E. Rouse, recipient of ADA’s Distinguished Service Award, is ‘leader of leaders’
Concern for his fellow man, as well as for leadership forged in the U.S. Army and carried forth through academia, has helped make Dr. Rouse the 2020 recipient of the ADA’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the Association bestows.
08-07-2020
University of Utah School of Dentistry clinic reopens to treat vulnerable populations
When the pandemic began escalating earlier this year, there were many questions at the University of Utah School of Dentistry.
08-07-2020
Coalition calls for business expenses paid for with PPP to be deductible
The ADA and a group of stakeholders are calling on Congress to correct a “misinterpretation” of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that does not allow businesses who received a Paycheck Protection Program loan to deduct expenses paid for with loan funds if the loan is subsequently forgiven.
08-07-2020
ADA, AADR seek evidence-based dentistry award nominations
The American Dental Association and American Association for Dental Research are searching for dental educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry.
08-07-2020
Entries sought for 2020 ADA Design Innovation Awards
In search of dental facilities that seamlessly combine esthetic appeal, function and design, ADA Council on Dental Practice, ADA Member Advantage and BMO Harris Bank are seeking entries from July 6 through Sept. 4 for the 2020 ADA Design Innovation Awards.
07-07-2020
ADA urges eligible Medicaid, CHIP providers to apply for relief funding from HHS Medicaid Targeted Distribution Fund
The ADA is encouraging eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers to apply as soon as possible to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal ahead of the department’s July 20 deadline.
06-07-2020
Paycheck Protection Program application deadline extended to Aug. 8
The Senate and House of Representatives have agreed to extend the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program to Aug. 8 and President Donald Trump signed the bill on July 4.
06-07-2020
FDA adds oropharyngeal cancer prevention as indication for HPV vaccine
The Federal Drug Administration has added oropharyngeal and other head and neck cancers to the list of indications for the human papillomavirus vaccine.
01-07-2020
Case management can be key to helping high-risk children
An ADA-supported study by two North Dakota dental professionals showed that proactive dental case management facilitates referrals and appointment compliance, reduces reimbursement barriers and reduces the need for more costly future treatment for high-risk low-income children by promoting the prevention of dental disease.
01-07-2020
CMS Oral Health Initiative commits to increasing children’s access to care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said June 25 that it plans to continue the Oral Health Initiative to help states ensure that children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program have access to dental and oral health services.
01-07-2020
ADA thanks lawmakers for introducing PPE tax credit legislation
The ADA is supporting a new bill calling for a $25,000 tax credit for small businesses, including dental practices, to purchase personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
26-06-2020
HPI research brief, webinar share dental spending projections for 2020 and 2021
Dental spending among Americans will continue to decline in 2020 before making a comeback in 2021, according to an updated research brief from the ADA Health Policy Institute modeling the impact of COVID-19 on dental spending.
25-06-2020
ADA House of Delegates to meet virtually in October
The American Dental Association House of Delegates will meet virtually instead of in person in Orlando, Florida, this October.
25-06-2020
Amalgam separator requirement in effect July 14
General dentist Kevin T. Nelson never considered the outflow of amalgam waste from his solo dental practice to be an environmental hazard.
24-06-2020
July JADA looks at impact of osteogenesis imperfecta on oral health of children, adolescents
Adolescents with osteogenesis imperfecta and posterior open bites or crossbites reported functional limitations and negative oral symptoms that could benefit from orthodontic interventions while their permanent dentition develops, according to a study published in the July issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
24-06-2020
New Louisiana law deals blow to downcoding
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed bills June 11 prohibiting downcoding by third-party payers unless certain criteria are met and a bill prohibiting denial for “covered dental services to treat conditions existing prior to the date the coverage begins.”
24-06-2020
July webinar to help dentists decide if PPO participation makes financial sense
The ADA will stream a free webinar in July to help dentists determine whether participating in a preferred provider organization plan makes good business sense.
23-06-2020
HRSA devotes $107.2 million to expanding workforce, improving diversity of health professionals
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration said June 18 that it is awarding $107.2 million to expand the health workforce in rural and underserved communities.
22-06-2020
Dental practices continue to recover, according to HPI poll
Data from the ADA Health Policy Institute impact of COVID-19 poll the week of June 15 showed continued signs of recovery for dental practices, with patient volume at 65% of pre-COVID levels, up from 65 % in mid-May.
22-06-2020
ADA responds to change from CDC on waiting period length
The ADA advises that it is still important to wait before disinfecting patient treatment rooms after aerosol-generating procedures, even though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently removed a recommendation calling for a 15-minute waiting period in its Guidance for Dental Settings.
19-06-2020
HHS Medicaid Provider Relief Fund webinars set for June 23, 25
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be holding two webinars to assist eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program providers with their applications to receive funding from the department’s Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.
18-06-2020
DentaQuest teams with MouthWatch to provide teledentistry platform in four states
DentaQuest announced June 15 that it is working with MouthWatch to deliver a Teledent teledentistry platform to more than 70 DentaQuest managed or affiliated dental practices in Alabama, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington.
18-06-2020
ADA supports proposed legislation to enhance Employee Retention Tax Credit
The ADA and a large coalition of stakeholders led by the International Franchise Association are supporting a new bill calling for improvements to the Employee Retention Tax Credit to aid businesses recovering from the pandemic.
17-06-2020
June 11 HPI webinar examines dental care rebound
The ADA Health Policy Institute held a webinar June 11 to examine what the third week of reopening of dentistry looks like. The full webinar is available on the ADA YouTube channel.
17-06-2020
Department of Health and Human Services finalizes Section 1557 regulations
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has amended the final rule on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to no longer require health care providers to include notices related to nondiscrimination and language assistance services in all significant communications.
17-06-2020
ADA FDC 2020 to move online in light of COVID-19 pandemic
The American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association have decided not to move forward with the ADA FDC Annual Meeting as an in-person convention in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
16-06-2020
ADA endorses Bento to provide modern alternative to administration of dental benefit plans
On June 15, the ADA announced its endorsement of Bento, a dental benefits technology company.
15-06-2020
Indiana dentist takes steps to protect patients, keep things cheerful during COVID-19 pandemic
While reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic can be daunting, Dr. Elizabeth Simpson feels confident treating nonemergency patients once again at the dental clinics where she works outside Indianapolis.
12-06-2020
ADA Board recognizes honorary members for contributions to dentistry
The American Dental Association Board of Trustees has awarded honorary membership in the Association to three people for their "outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry."
11-06-2020
HHS Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal Opens
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal is open and accepting applications.
11-06-2020
ADA, DTA ask Congress to suspend tariffs on ‘products necessary’ during pandemic
The Dental Trade Alliance and American Dental Association are asking Congress to support a 90-day tariff suspension on products deemed essential to helping stop the spread of COVID-19.
10-06-2020
HHS releases provider relief funds
Beginning June 10, eligible Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program dental providers can apply to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal, the department announced June 9.
09-06-2020
After dental practice is set on fire, Minneapolis dentist vows ‘We’ll rebuild'
“I immediately called my dental team one-by-one,” Dr. Barbarawi said. “I told them I’m glad they were safe. I’m glad we’re healthy, our families are safe, and that we’re going to rebuild. We’re not going to do nothing.”
09-06-2020
ADA to host small business loans webinar June 12
The ADA is hosting a free webinar June 12 to give ADA members the latest information on the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
08-06-2020
Dentists advised to do to their homework regarding offshore production
As dental practices across the country begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADA and National Association of Dental Laboratories are encouraging dentists to conduct the necessary due diligence when sending work out in order to determine whether dental labs are offshoring production.
08-06-2020
Ethics still important when it comes to advertising during pandemic recovery
The ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs is cautioning dentists from crossing ethical lines when it comes to advertising, especially during these turbulent times when many patients may be reluctant to make appointments for fear of coronavirus transmission.
08-06-2020
Massachusetts dentist settles allegations of kickback scheme
Boston — A dentist and dental practice in Canton, Massachusetts offered a customer rewards program that resulted in allegations of operating an illegal kickback scheme in violation of state law, according to a news release from the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General Maura Healey.
08-06-2020
HPI polling shows robust, sustained rebound in dental care
The sixth wave of the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) impact of COVID-19 poll shows a robust, sustained rebound in the dental care sector in response to states lifting restrictions on elective dental care.
05-06-2020
ADA receives masks from national stockpile
The ADA has received 350,000 3M-made KN95 masks from the national stockpile that the Association is distributing to dentists working in states where personal protective equipment is in low supply.
05-06-2020
Senate passes Paycheck Protection Program reform bill
The Senate passed a bill June 3 aiming to reform the Paycheck Protection Program to give small businesses more time and flexibility to use their funds.
04-06-2020
'The healing of our communities is in our hands'
From speaking up for those disenfranchised to committing to empathy and understanding, national organized dentistry leaders, including ADA President Chad P. Gehani, are calling on dentists to help heal their respective communities amid the ongoing national protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
03-06-2020
Colorado Dental Association saves adult Medicaid dental program in face of coronavirus-related cuts
Earlier this year, a Colorado joint budget committee staff report outlined several budget reduction options for committee members to consider while developing the state’s budget for its upcoming fiscal year.
03-06-2020
ADA offers steps to take if patient tests positive for COVID-19 after appointment
The American Dental Association has created a resource to help dentists manage the health of their team members if they are exposed to a patient who later tests positive for COVID-19 or has a household member test positive.
03-06-2020
Organized Dentistry Coalition supports Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness for PPE, supply costs
The Organized Dentistry Coalition is supporting a new bill calling for additional flexibility for loan forgiveness provisions in the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.
03-06-2020
ACE Panel survey covers technique, maintenance when using dental light-curing units
Responses about technique, eye protection and maintenance when using dental light-curing units varied in the latest American Dental Association Clinical Evaluators Panel survey published online by The Journal of the American Dental Association.
03-06-2020
Latest HPI webinar looks at data from reopened states
The ADA Health Policy Institute held a webinar May 28 to examine what the third week of reopening of dentistry looks like. The full webinar is available on the ADA YouTube channel.
02-06-2020
CDC guidance for dental settings echoes ADA guidance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated interim infection prevention and control guidance for dental settings during the COVID-19 response on May 19, very similar to science-based guidance issued earlier in May by the ADA.
02-06-2020
Just the Facts
Dental practices reopening
01-06-2020
CDC dental guidance webinar set for June 3
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is presenting a webinar at 2 p.m. EST June 3 to discuss its updated guidance for dental care during the pandemic.
29-05-2020
House passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation May 28 aimed at giving small businesses more time and flexibility to use their Paycheck Protection Program funds.
28-05-2020
Organized Dentistry Coalition supports two bills to improve Paycheck Protection Program
The Organized Dentistry Coalition is supporting two efforts by Congress to reform the Paycheck Protection Program.
28-05-2020
ADA Humanitarian Award submission period open until Sept. 15
The call for nominations for the 2021 ADA Humanitarian Award is open through Sept. 15 with a focus on domestic service this year.
28-05-2020
Coalition asks Congress for ‘temporary and targeted’ liability relief legislation
The ADA and other stakeholders are urging Congress to “enact temporary and targeted liability relief legislation” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help protect health care providers and facilities — including dentists and dental practices — from “excessive and speculative lawsuits.”
27-05-2020
‘Value-added’ fees, virtual credit cards can be rectified
Electronic fund transfers should be free.

Per the Code of Federal Regulations, “a health plan may not charge fees or costs in excess of the fees or costs for normal telecommunications that the entity incurs.”
27-05-2020
ADA supports legislation to reform Paycheck Protection Program, asks for additional flexibility
The ADA is supporting new legislation to increase flexibility in the Paycheck Protection Program but continues to advocate for further changes to help dentists who have received these loans.
27-05-2020
Registration open for three ADA Foundation awards
Registration for three ADA Foundation awards that provide financial assistance and leadership opportunities to dentists and researchers is now open.
27-05-2020
Nebraska pediatric dentist shares experiences of reopening practice after pandemic spurred closure
Pediatric dentist Dr. Jessica Meeske and her family were on their way to a basketball tournament when she found out about her state’s stay-at-home order that would force her to close her thriving practice on March 17.
27-05-2020
ADA issues more detailed guidance as dental practices resume operations
The Association announced May 21 it is offering more detailed guidance to dentists as dental practices resume operations around the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
26-05-2020
HPI polling shows dental practices recovering as states reopen
Dental practices continued to rebound as 65% were back open the week of May 18, with 38% reporting that patient volume had returned to pre-COVID-19 levels, according to the fifth round of results released May 26 from the ADA Health Policy Institute poll on the impact of COVID-19.
26-05-2020
ADA recovery task force releases hazard assessment guide, checklist
The ADA Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery released May 26 a hazard assessment guide and checklist for dental settings as part of an effort to enable dentists to provide care in a safe and healthy work environment.
26-05-2020
Dr. Gehani named honorary member of Hispanic Dental Association
The Hispanic Dental Association announced May 2 that ADA President Chad P. Gehani was named an honorary member of the Hispanic Dental Association.
26-05-2020
Products marketed to sanitize, reduce dental aerosols may lack research to support efficacy
Dentists returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic may be thinking about purchasing items to help sanitize or reduce dental aerosols, but many products currently lack research demonstrating they are effective.
22-05-2020
June JADA examines opioid prescription fills before weekends, holidays
In a study published in the June issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, patients were more likely to fill an opioid prescription for an outpatient dental procedure performed the day before a weekend or holiday than on another weekday.
22-05-2020
Dental groups thank Sen. Cardin, Rep. Barragán for prioritizing dental care
The ADA, Organized Dentistry Coalition and state dental associations are applauding Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, D-Calif., for spearheading Congress’ efforts to include dental care in the next COVID-19 legislation.
21-05-2020
Coalition asks Congress, agencies to overhaul Paycheck Protection Program
The ADA and more than 100 stakeholders are urging Congress to overhaul the Paycheck Protection Program to help align the program with states’ reopening and ensure more small businesses remain in operation.
21-05-2020
New JADA supplement offers opportunities for further dentist-patient interaction
The ADA Foundation is sponsoring a new reprint collection comprising 21 “For the Patient” pages previously published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.
21-05-2020
Organized dentistry asks Congress to enhance commercial business interruption insurance policies
The Organized Dentistry Coalition is asking Congress to enhance commercial business interruption insurance policies in the next COVID-19 legislative relief package, in support of an effort led by the Academy of General Dentistry.
20-05-2020
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application available online
The Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of the Treasury released the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application on May 15.
19-05-2020
Celebrate 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation in July with webinars
In honor of the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation, the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention's National Fluoridation Advisory Committee will offer a series of four Zoom webinars in July that will include continuing education credit for each.
18-05-2020
Just the Facts
COVID-19 and dental offices
18-05-2020
FDA removes Emergency Use Authorization for some KN95 masks
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has removed its Emergency Use Authorization for several KN95 masks, which are made in China, after they failed to meet a minimum particulate filtration efficiency of 95% in National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health testing.
15-05-2020
ADA recovery task force to release hazard assessment tool
The ADA’s Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery is set for a May release of a hazard assessment guide, which will assist the dentist in evaluating procedural risks as they consider how best to provide both a safe workplace and patient care.
15-05-2020
ADA requests H-1B visa grace period be extended to six months
The ADA is requesting that the federal government extend the 60-day grace period for unemployed or furloughed dentists with H-1B visas to 180 days during the COVID-19 pandemic.
14-05-2020
HPI releases webinar on COVID-19 poll data
The ADA Health Policy Institute held a webinar May 14 to examine the economic impact of COVID-19 on dental practices and a closer look at poll data conducted by HPI the week of May 4.
14-05-2020
ADA priorities included in new HEROES Act
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a new legislative proposal May 12 that contains a number of provisions the ADA has lobbied for during the COVID-19 pandemic.
14-05-2020
Northern California dentist volunteers in Uganda as dental champion
Traveling with purpose is what has led Nevada City, California-based general dentist Dr. Jean Creasey to a rural district in the southwestern region of Uganda over the past 15 years as a member of the Kellermann Foundation, treating and helping educate the villagers on the importance of good oral health as a way to a better future.
13-05-2020
ADA urges CDC to update guidance for dental personnel
The American Dental Association is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “quickly provide guidance” on how to safely reopen dental practices during the deceleration phase of the COVID-19 outbreak.
12-05-2020
Dentist manages Massachusetts Army National Guard citizen-soldiers during pandemic
As recently as a few months ago, Dr. Ryan S. Lee, a dentist with four offices in the Northeast, never thought he’d show up at a nursing home one day to find residents – still in their beds — who had died of COVID-19 the night before.
12-05-2020
ADA members have governors’ ears as states consider reopening
From coast to coast, dentists have stepped up to provide their perspective and voices to the chorus of how to safely get back to business during a time of unprecedented challenges.
11-05-2020
ADA urges Congress to ask IRS to make Paycheck Protection Program expenses tax deductible
The American Dental Association and 152 other organizations are urging Congress to ask the Internal Revenue Service to allow expenses paid for with forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loan funds to be tax deductible.
11-05-2020
Fourth wave of HPI polling shows dental practices in early stages of recovery
More than 30% of dental practices were back open the week of May 4, compared to 3.4% of dental practices the week of April 20, according to the fourth round of results released May 11 from the ADA Health Policy Institute poll on the impact of COVID-19.
11-05-2020
ADA tip sheet includes CDC guidance on identifying counterfeit N95 masks
The American Dental Association has created a tip sheet with guidance from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help health care professionals avoid buying or using counterfeit N95 respirators, which are often simply referred to as masks.
07-05-2020
HPI releases webinar on economic impact of COVID-19
The ADA Health Policy Institute held a webinar April 29 with leading experts from across the dental industry to discuss how COVID-19 has affected the dental economy and what they think the future will bring.
07-05-2020
Organized dentistry asks Congress for flexibility in Paycheck Protection Program loans
The Organized Dentistry Coalition is asking Congress for flexibility in the Paycheck Protection Program to allow dentists to purchase personal protective equipment as states begin the reopening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
06-05-2020
CMS updates COVID-19 FAQ
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced May 5 the agency has created a new Frequently Asked Questions page to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
06-05-2020
3M granted injunction against New Jersey company in N95 price-gouging scheme
A federal judge on May 4 granted 3M, the maker of N95 masks, an injunction against a New Jersey-based company accused of using 3M’s trademarks and deliberately inflating the price of the face masks.
05-05-2020
Department of Labor releases Pandemic Unemployment Assistance FAQ
The Department of Labor released an FAQ April 27 that addresses common questions about work search and job refusal when an individual receives Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
05-05-2020
ADA asks Congress to help dental community in next COVID-19 legislation
As Congress works on the next COVID-19 relief package, the ADA is asking lawmakers to include a number of provisions to assist the dental profession in recovery efforts.
05-05-2020
UCLA dental school researchers create nanoparticle that could improve bone defect treatment
A team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry has developed a nanoparticle that could improve treatment for bone defects.
05-05-2020
PracticeUpdate Clinical Dentistry Channel unveiled to keep dentists current
The ADA announced May 1 the creation and launch of the PracticeUpdate Clinical Dentistry Channel, which delivers free evidence-based clinical content in general dentistry and specialty topics curated by a world-renowned editorial and advisory board.
04-05-2020
Just the Facts
COVID-19 and dental offices
04-05-2020
Snapshots of American Dentistry
04-05-2020
ADASRI manuscript wins 2020 William J. Gies Award in clinical research
A manuscript authored by the American Dental Association Science & Research Institute and Council on Scientific Affairs won the 2020 William J. Gies Award in clinical research from the American and International Associations for Dental Research.
04-05-2020
Two new dental benefit guides address common hurdles anticipated when reopening practices
In the face of economic challenges, the ADA has released two online guides relating to third-party payment programs available at ADA.org/virus that are intended to help smooth the path of reopening practices: Handling Contract Negotiations and Handling Eligibility Verification
04-05-2020
Maine law eliminates insurance waiting periods for kids
D 1975, An Act to Facilitate Dental Treatment for Children, enacted on March 17, enables children with private dental insurance to receive care without having to wait up to several months for coverage to start.
04-05-2020
A post-pandemic future
There is no playbook for a pandemic. The global COVID-19 crisis is unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes. There are very few, if any, practical models for us to follow. Now, more than ever, each of us is acutely attuned to the plight of our neighbors and communities.
01-05-2020
ADA Member Advantage endorses Best Card for credit card processing
ADA Member Advantage announced May 1 that it has selected Best Card as its exclusively endorsed credit card processing solution for Association members.
01-05-2020
Dental materials research 'icon' who developed Bis-GMA resin dies
Dr. Rafael "Ray" Bowen, who made significant contributions to dental materials research and retired in 2018 after 62 years at the American Dental Association, has died.
01-05-2020
Agencies submit final rule extending ERISA deadlines during pandemic
The U.S. Department of Labor said April 28 that it is extending the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 filing deadlines for certain notice and disclosure requirements in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
30-04-2020
Find COVID-19 dental regulations by state with ADA interactive map
Dentists can find regulations, recommendations and mandates regarding the practice of dentistry in their state during the COVID-19 pandemic on the ADA Center for Professional Success.
30-04-2020
Delta Dental of California, Massachusetts offer financial relief to dentists in midst of COVID-19 pandemic
Two additional Delta Dental member companies announced details April 27-28 of programs that will provide economic assistance and post-COVID-19 pandemic relief for members of its independent provider networks across 16 states and the District of Columbia.
29-04-2020
ADA president: Reopening dental practices needs a team approach
As some dental practices begin plans to reopen and provide nonemergency care — as some states reopen following the direction of their state — the Association is urging dentists to have robust communication and engage their dental team members to address any concerns related to returning to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
29-04-2020
Dental school during a pandemic
If this were a typical day, and if these were typical times, LaShonda would be in her pediatrics competency exam, fresh off a cup of coffee, before heading to a three-hour simulation lab.
28-04-2020
ADA asks FCC to include dentists in COVID-19 Telehealth Program
The ADA is asking the Federal Communications Commission to extend the agency’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program to include dental practices regardless of the practice’s size, location or for-profit status.
27-04-2020
Third wave of HPI polling shows dentists’ response to COVID-19
The third round of results from the ADA Health Policy Institute poll on the impact of COVID-19 on dental practices was released April 27, with 79% of dentists reporting their practices are closed except for emergencies and 17% are closed completely.
27-04-2020
ADA task force assembles interim guidance toolkit for dentists returning to work
The ADA's Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery has developed a toolkit to help dentists return to more normal practice operations while taking precautions to protect staff, patients and themselves from COVID-19 as some states reopen.
27-04-2020
SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications April 27
The Small Business Administration will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program loan applications at 10:30 a.m. EST on April 27 from “approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower,” the agency said.
26-04-2020
Arizona Dental Association hosts one of the largest virtual dental conferences to date
Scottsdale, Ariz. — In February, the Arizona Dental Association was fully prepared to host the Western Regional Dental Experience April 2-4 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa.
24-04-2020
House of Representatives passes Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
The House of Representatives passed a new coronavirus relief bill April 23 that calls for additional funding for federal loan programs to help businesses nationwide, including dental practices, recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic.
23-04-2020
Be ready to apply for SBA loan
A $484 billion coronavirus relief bill passed Congress April 23, and will provide additional funds to the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans as well as the Economic Injury Disaster loan advances.
23-04-2020
ADA streams webinar April 27 on respiratory protection
A recorded webinar will stream April 27 outlining the Association’s interim recommendation for personal protective equipment in dental settings as some states consider loosening social distancing mandates.
23-04-2020
ADA advocates that third-party payers modify fee schedules as dentists consider going back to work
The ADA is urging third-party payers to alter their fees to account for the increasing cost of personal protective equipment that dentists are using to protect themselves, their staff and patients.
23-04-2020
ADA, others ask lawmakers to include nonprofits in COVID-19 legislation
As Congress works on the next coronavirus-related relief package, the ADA and 37 other health care organizations are asking lawmakers to support nonprofit groups in those efforts.
23-04-2020
May JADA discusses calcium hydroxide overfill risk during root canals
Overfill of medication or obturation materials in endodontic treatment can cause permanent neurologic injury, and there are steps clinicians can take to help prevent that, according to an article published in the May issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
23-04-2020
Dental groups seek federal approval to administer COVID-19 tests
The Organized Dentistry Coalition is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to “extend federal authorization for licensed dentists to conduct Food and Drug Administration-authorized, point-of-care testing” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
22-04-2020
American College of Emergency Physicians endorses ADA's antibiotics guideline
The American College of Emergency Physicians has endorsed the American Dental Association's clinical practice guideline on the use of antibiotics for the management of pulpal- and periapical-related pain and swelling.
22-04-2020
ADA, recovery task force seek to address PPE shortages
Association staff and members of the ADA Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery are aware and working diligently in addressing members’ concerns over the limited availability of certain personal protective equipment items.
22-04-2020
Labor ends temporary nonenforcement of paid leave protections
The U.S. Department of Labor announced April 20 that it is ending the temporary period of non-enforcement of paid leave protections under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
21-04-2020
Senate votes to expand small business aid
The Senate passed new coronavirus relief legislation April 21 calling for much-needed funding for depleted federal loan programs that could help businesses nationwide, including dentists and dental practices, recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic.
21-04-2020
ADA FDC Annual Meeting postpones registration
The American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association have postponed registration for the ADA FDC Annual Meeting from April 22 to early summer, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
21-04-2020
Dental organizations urge HHS, CMS to release CARES Act relief funds
The ADA, Organized Dentistry Coalition, and many state dental associations are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to release funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act Provider Relief Fund to assist dental Medicaid providers.
20-04-2020
Oregon Dental Association dentists, volunteers donate PPE to help emergency relief
Oregon Dental Association dentists, volunteers donate more than 600,000 pieces of PPE to help emergency relief efforts
20-04-2020
Just the Facts
COVID-19 and dental offices
20-04-2020
ADA offers interim guidance as some states consider reopening
“To aid dentists who may be reopening their practices when state mandates are lifted,” the ADA issued an updated statement and interim guidance April 18 on the personal protective equipment recommended in order to practice during this pandemic and minimize the risk of virus transmission.
19-04-2020
Wisconsin dentists donate personal protective equipment amid COVID-19 pandemic
Wisconsin dentists have answered the call for personal protective equipment by organizing drives and donating their surplus supplies to hospitals and urgent care facilities treating patients with COVID-19.
17-04-2020
ADA antibiotics guideline authors to discuss C. diff infections in dentistry during Peggy Lillis Foundation conference
Two of the authors of the American Dental Association's antibiotics guideline will discuss C. diff infections and antibiotic stewardship in dentistry April 21 as part of a free, online conference organized by the Peggy Lillis Foundation.
17-04-2020
ADA advises dentists to follow science-backed guidance regarding COVID-19 testing, avoid 'gray market'
The ADA is urging dentists to be cautious about using novel coronavirus diagnostic tests before they have been properly evaluated and made available for dentists.
17-04-2020
ADA urges HHS to federally recognize licensed dentists to administer point of service COVID-19 tests
The ADA sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services April 17 asking the agency to “issue federal recognition that licensed dentists may administer point of service tests authorized by the Food and Drug Administration” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
17-04-2020
Amalgam separator deadline remains intact
The deadline for dental offices to install amalgam separators remains intact but the Environmental Protection Agency announced March 26 that it will be initiating “a new temporary enforcement discretion policy” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
17-04-2020
Open Payments data open to review until May 15
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has set a deadline of May 15 for covered recipients to review and dispute Open Payments data for program year 2019.
17-04-2020
SBA announces funding no longer available for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Paycheck Protection Program
The Small Business Administration said that as of April 16, the agency is unable to accept any new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loans due to a lack of funding.
16-04-2020
Chicago Dental Society donates thousands of supplies to dental school clinic, health care facilities
The Chicago Dental Society and its members donated thousands of personal protective equipment to front-line health care workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
16-04-2020
Index shows that dentists slowly but surely embracing electronic means of doing business
Despite the ADA Council on Dental Benefits’ efforts, the practice of using automated electronic means for verifying eligibility and benefits, checking claim status or receiving and reconciling payment remains underutilized by many dental providers according to an index, said Dr. Randall Markarian, council chair.
16-04-2020
SBA changes grant computation for Economic Injury Disaster Loans
The ADA has received updated information from the Small Business Administration regarding grant advances on Economic Injury Disaster Loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
15-04-2020
ADA president: ‘This will pass’
“Dentistry is very resilient to any obstacles put in front of the profession. It’s a great profession and if I have to do it over again, I would again want to be a dentist.” Those were the words of ADA President Chad P. Gehani in a candid interview about the Association’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
15-04-2020
North Carolina interactive map launches to help public find emergency dental treatment during pandemic
A North Carolina oral health coalition, in collaboration with multiple state partners, has developed an interactive map to help guide the public to sites where emergency dental services are available throughout the Tar Heel State both during and after the COVID-19 outbreak.
15-04-2020
ADA president appoints task force for dental practice recovery after COVID-19 pandemic
American Dental Association President Chad P. Gehani has assembled an advisory task force to oversee the ADA’s development of tools for dentists as they bounce back from the effects of practice restrictions and closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
15-04-2020
ADA asks Congress to ensure appropriate PPE for all health care workers
The ADA is calling on Congress to help ensure there is appropriate personal protective equipment available to all health care providers — including dentists — who continue to provide emergency care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
14-04-2020
Homeland Security issues alert on cybercriminals increasingly exploiting COVID-19 pandemic
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an alert April 8 warning that cybercriminals are increasingly exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to target individuals, small and medium businesses and large organizations.
14-04-2020
ADA thanks Rep. Huizenga for HEROES Act
The ADA is thanking Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., for introducing legislation to assist health care workers serving on the front lines of COVID-19.
13-04-2020
ADA asks Congress to increase funding, extend dates for Small Business Administration loans
The ADA is urging Congress to continue supporting small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing funding and streamlining the application process for Small Business Administration loans.
13-04-2020
Free ADA webinar aims to help dentists plan recovery during, after pandemic
The ADA is streaming a free webinar April 14 intended to help dentists jump-start their recovery process during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
10-04-2020
ADA Board of Trustees holds historic all-digital meeting April 3
The ADA Board of Trustees traditionally holds six meetings a year at Association Headquarters in Chicago, but this year, for the first time, the Board held its April meeting via Zoom — an all digital meeting.
10-04-2020
Second week of HPI polling shows dentists’ response to COVID-19
The second round of results from the ADA Health Policy Institute poll on the impact of COVID-19 on dental practices showed significant financial impact, with collections for the vast majority of dentists less than 5% of what is typical in their practice.
10-04-2020
New ADA course to answer army of questions about coding accurately
As the source of dental procedure codes, the ADA has created a new online training course to ensure that dentists and their team members confidently understand CDT codes and how to use them correctly.
10-04-2020
Webinar on Small Business Administration loans available online
The ADA webinar, Small Business Administration Loans: Understanding the Options for Dentist Owners, is available online.
10-04-2020
Researcher remembered for contributions to dentistry succumbs to COVID-19 complications
Dr. Leo M. Sreebny, Ph.D., who had a long and distinguished career in academia as a professor of dentistry and researcher, particularly in issues related to saliva and dry mouth, died April 5 from complications of COVID-19 at age 98.
10-04-2020
ADA urges third-party payers to adapt coding, billing procedures to help patients recover
The American Dental Association sent a letter to third-party payers urging that administrators of dental benefit plans adjust and adapt reimbursement procedures important to dentists and patients — including coverage for temporary procedures and adjusting fee schedules to account for cost of increasing infection control procedures ¬— in the midst of the “unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and their patients face” during the pandemic.
09-04-2020
ADA free webinar exploring radiographs, diagnostic imaging
In a time when teledentistry is gaining more attention during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADA will stream a free webinar in May that takes a close look at the different types of images needed for diagnosis, treatment planning and operative procedures.
09-04-2020
ADA council affirms importance of code of ethics during COVID-19 pandemic
The ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs’ ethics subcommittee authored an online essay as part of its Ethical Moment series in the May issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, affirming that the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct is just as important as ever when making the difficult decisions they encounter on a daily basis.
09-04-2020
ADA seeks participants for 2020 SNODENT review
The American Dental Association is seeking qualified individuals to join a canvass committee to consider approval of the 2020 revision of the Systemized Nomenclature of Dentistry.
09-04-2020
ADA leadership answers members’ questions about minimizing risk of COVID-19 transmission
A panel of ADA experts answered members’ questions in a video released April 8 regarding the Association’s interim guidance for minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission while performing emergency and urgent dental care.
08-04-2020
CODA site visits rescheduled to 2021 due to COVID-19
The Commission on Dental Accreditation announced April 3 that it will reschedule all postponed and remaining site visits this year, including regular/reaccreditation and special focused site visits, to 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
08-04-2020
CODA asks accredited dental programs for details on COVID-19 response
The Commission on Dental Accreditation announced April 3 that it directed all CODA-accredited dental programs to submit a report by May 15 on their use of distance learning, enhanced activities and other educational modalities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
08-04-2020
ADA offers free e-books on managing finances, HIPAA training April 8-14
As part of its ongoing efforts to support dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADA is offering members two free e-books the week of April 8-14: “Managing Finances: Best Practices” and “The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Training.”
07-04-2020
OCR warns of imposter posing as investigator
Washington — The Office for Civil Rights released a statement April 3 warning of an individual posing as an OCR investigator. The imposter has been calling entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 in an attempt to get patient information.
07-04-2020
10 Under 10 Awards: Recognizing the ‘unsung heroes’ of the profession
The ADA announced April 6 the recipients of its third annual 10 Under 10 Awards, which recognizes 10 new dentists who demonstrate excellence early in their careers.
06-04-2020
Small Business Administration: Dentists can apply for both economic injury disaster and paycheck protection program loans
Dentists can apply for both Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program 7(a) loans, the Small Business Administration told the American Dental Association on April 6.
06-04-2020
New clinical dental licensure examination to launch in June
The Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination, or DLOSCE, is expected to launch in June, the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations announced April 2.
06-04-2020
ADA asks Treasury Department, Small Business Administration to clarify intent of interim rule
The Association continues to wait for clear guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration on the best way to help dentists considering applying for Paycheck Protection Program 7(a) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
05-04-2020
Just the Facts
COVID-19 and dental offices
03-04-2020
JADA’s new CSA Corner highlights ACE Panel survey results on HPV vaccine
Dentists’ comfort levels and perceived roles in discussing and administering the human papillomavirus vaccine appear to vary, according to the results of an American Dental Association Clinical Evaluators Panel survey published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.
03-04-2020
ADA will share Paycheck Protection Program information as soon as it becomes available
The Association is waiting for clear guidance from the Small Business Administration on the best way to help dentists considering applying for Paycheck Protection Program 7(a) loans.
02-04-2020
Office of Federal Student Aid has an FAQ for student loan questions
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid has published an extensive FAQ addressing student loans, including answered questions that cover several new provisions from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
02-04-2020
Kansas City University names Dr. Linda C. Niessen as dental school founding dean
Kansas City University announced March 30 that it named Dr. Linda C. Niessen as its founding dean of the KCU College of Dental Medicine, which is slated to open in fall 2022 on its Joplin, Missouri, campus.
02-04-2020
Harvard dental student recipient of health literacy essay contest
An essay on community water fluoridation yielded a Harvard University dental student a first-place win in the annual American Dental Association’s Health Literacy in Dentistry essay contest.
02-04-2020
Code Maintenance Committee approves new codes associated with vaping, teledentistry
On the heels of the ADA’s December interim policy on vaping comes a new CDT code that references counseling services about high-risk substance use including vaping.
02-04-2020
ADA urges dentists to heed April 30 interim postponement recommendation
In a statement issued April 1, the ADA issued an interim recommendation that “dentists keep their offices closed to all but urgent and emergency procedures until April 30 at the earliest.”
02-04-2020
ADA releases interim guidance on minimizing COVID-19 transmission risk when treating dental emergencies
The American Dental Association has released interim guidance for dentists on how to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission before, during and after treating dental emergencies.
02-04-2020
Labor Department says employers with fewer than 50 employees may be exempt from new law
Employers with fewer than 50 employees, including dental practices, may be exempt from a provision in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that requires them to provide emergency paid sick leave and expanded medical leave to employees in certain COVID-19 circumstances, the Department of Labor said April 1.
02-04-2020
IRS publishes Employee Retention Credit FAQ
The Internal Revenue Service has published an FAQ on the Employee Retention Credit in regards to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
01-04-2020
ADA offers free e-books on professional risk, OSHA from April 1-7
As part of its ongoing efforts to support dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADA is offering members two free e-books the week of April 1-7: “Managing Professional Risks: Best Practices” and “The ADA Practical Guide to OSHA Training: Compliance for Dental Professionals.”
01-04-2020
HPI poll examines impact of COVID-19 on dental practices
The ADA Health Policy Institute launched an ongoing biweekly poll the week of March 23 that shows 76% of dentists surveyed had closed their offices to all but emergency patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another 19% indicated their offices are closed completely.
01-04-2020
ADA Member Advantage ends Chase endorsement for credit card processing
ADA Member Advantage announced April 1 it ended its endorsement relationship with Chase for credit card processing.
01-04-2020
Delta Dental member companies begin offering financial assistance during pandemic
The ADA is calling on third-party payers to support dental practices in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

31-03-2020
Dr. Glick to step down March 31 as JADA editor
Dr. Michael Glick, professor in oral diagnostic sciences at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, is stepping down as editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association effective March 31.
28-03-2020
ADA Board authorizes two national searches for editors of JADA, JADA Open
The ADA Board of Trustees has authorized the searches for the next editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association and the founding editor of JADA Open, a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal spanning basic and clinical sciences to advance research in oral health.
27-03-2020
ADA joins other health care organizations in appeal for more PPE, other supplies
The ADA and other health care organizations signed a public statement March 27 saying they “strongly” support emergency efforts at the federal level to dramatically increase the production and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary medical equipment and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
27-03-2020
CARES Act becomes law
The House passed a $2 trillion stimulus package March 27 aimed at helping the people, states and businesses nationwide devastated by the coronavirus pandemic that was later signed into law by President Donald Trump.
27-03-2020
University of Washington School of Dentistry appoints Dr. Gary Chiodo as dean
The University of Washington School of Dentistry announced March 26 that Dr. Gary Chiodo, its interim dean since August 2018, will now serve a full five-year term as dean.
27-03-2020
University of Minnesota dental school appoints Dr. Keith A. Mays as interim dean
The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry announced March 19 that it named Dr. Keith A. Mays, Ph.D, as its interim dean for two years beginning May 15.
27-03-2020
Association offers resources on handling stress during a pandemic
Noting that we’re living through a time of uncertainty and it’s normal to feel stressed and anxious, the Center for Professional Success today posted free resources on stress management to help dentists navigate this time of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
27-03-2020
Labor Dept. releases new guidance in response to Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division released new guidance March 26 to help workers and employers understand provisions included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
26-03-2020
Two March 27 webinars focus on surviving financial storm caused by pandemic
The ADA is presenting two free webinars March 27, aiming to help dentists financially weather the economic downturn during the COVID-19 outbreak and illustrate how ADA advocacy has helped turn the tide.
26-03-2020
FDI World Dental Congress canceled
This year’s FDI World Dental Congress, scheduled for September in Shanghai, China, is canceled due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, according to a March 26 news release.
26-03-2020
EPA releases expanded list of SARS-CoV-2 disinfectants
Washington — The Environmental Protection Agency announced March 13 that it was adding nearly 200 additional products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.
26-03-2020
FDA alerts health care providers of EpiPen auto-injector errors
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced March 24 that it is alerting health care professionals, patients and caregivers of EpiPen autoinjector errors related to device malfunctions and user administration.
26-03-2020
ADA Member Advantage-endorsed company, Lenovo, offers remote work and school solutions
Given recent school cancellations and state orders to shelter in place, some households may be experiencing the strain of sharing family computers. ADA Member Advantage states that members are eligible for savings of up to 46% on select items from their endorsed technology provider, Lenovo, during a special sale on computers.
26-03-2020
Senate passes CARES Act
The ADA sent out an Issues Alert March 25 from ADA President Chad P. Gehani following the Senate's passing of a $2 trillion stimulus package to help the people, states and businesses nationwide devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
26-03-2020
ADA offers free e-book resources on management, regulatory issues
Beginning March 25, the ADA is offering members two free e-books a week. Until March 31, members can access “Managing the Regulatory Environment: Best Practices” and “A Dentist’s Guide to the Law: 228 Things Every Dentist Should Know” free of charge.
25-03-2020
ADA Member Advantage-endorsed companies respond to COVID-19 pandemic
During these uncertain times, there is a lot of anxiety and understandably some of that comes in the form of financial worries. ADA Member Advantage-endorsed companies that provide financial services have offered information for their customers and ADA members.
25-03-2020
April JADA compares zirconia-ceramic fixed dental prostheses with metal-ceramic
Posterior multiunit zirconia-ceramic restorations are slightly more susceptible to chipping of the veneering ceramic than metal-ceramic restorations, but they are considered a reliable treatment in the medium term, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the April issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
25-03-2020
Lawmakers reach agreement on CARES Act
Following several days of discussions, legislators reached a deal early March 25 on a $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at helping the people, states and businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
25-03-2020
ADA urges CDC to provide ‘immediate guidance’ on protecting dental patients, staff from COVID-19 during emergency treatments
The American Dental Association is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide immediate guidance on the best way to protect dental patients and staff from the transmission of COVID-19 during emergency and urgent care situations.
24-03-2020
HRSA updates FAQs for health centers during COVID-19
The Health Resources and Services Administration says it is working to keep health centers and health center program partners updated on the latest information regarding COVID-19.
24-03-2020
Scholarship due date for dental education program for directors pushed to April 15
The extension comes after it was announced the program will now be held Oct. 22-23 in Atlanta due to concerns over COVID-19. LEAP was originally set for May 7-8.
24-03-2020
How dentists can keep the lights on during economic downturn
The ADA is streaming a free practice management webinar March 25 designed to help dentists predict short- and long-term impacts on their business operations during tough economic times and teach them how taking the right steps now can minimize their risk during the COVID-19 outbreak and its aftermath.
24-03-2020
ADA president thanks dentists for grassroots efforts in response to CARES Act
As the Senate works to pass a stimulus package aimed at granting relief to the millions of Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADA is thanking dentists across the nation for making their voices heard in Washington on that same legislation.
23-03-2020
DEA Call Center suspends phone operations
Springfield, Virginia — The Drug Enforcement Administration announced that effective March 23, the DEA Call Center has temporarily suspended phone operations due to COVID-19 pandemic.
23-03-2020
ADA initiates grassroots campaign in response to CARES Act
The ADA is calling on dentists everywhere to contact their legislators today ahead of the Senate’s vote on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
22-03-2020
ADA lobbies Congress on CARES Act
The ADA on March 20 sent out a Legislative Issues Alert to dentists, assuring them that the Association continues to lobby on their behalf in response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
20-03-2020
ADA infection control webinar live
The ADA posted an on-demand webinar March 20 offering answers to frequently asked questions about infection control in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
20-03-2020
ADA, other organizations outline economic response needs to survive pandemic
The ADA and nearly 100 other organizations are asking Congress and the White House to help businesses survive the coronavirus crisis by reducing their costs and increasing their cash flow as much as possible in the coming weeks.
20-03-2020
ADA begins to address coding, billing procedures during COVID-19 outbreak
The ADA is releasing a guide intended to help dental offices navigate issues related to coding and billing for virtual check-ins in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
19-03-2020
Dental Trade Alliance appoints new CEO
Arlington, Va. — The Dental Trade Alliance announced March 10 that it appointed Gregory Chavez as CEO. Mr. Chavez, formerly the executive vice president of operations and membership at The Vision Council, will be taking over for Gary Price.
19-03-2020
ADA urges Congress to increase relief for small businesses, dentist owners
As Congress works on a third legislation package in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the ADA is asking lawmakers to include provisions on how to assist dental practices and other small businesses facing economic burdens.
19-03-2020
ADA, other dental organizations ask Labor Department to help small businesses
The ADA, along with a large group of other dental organizations, told the U.S. Department of Labor that they are concerned about provisions in HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act as related to family and medical leave and paid sick leave.
19-03-2020
Infection control webinar from ADA, OSAP available late March 20
On March 20, the ADA will release an on-demand webinar offering answers to frequently asked questions about infection control protocol and procedures related to COVID-19.
19-03-2020
Treasury, IRS delay federal tax filing, payments until July 15
Taxpayers do not need to file or pay their federal income taxes until July 15, after the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service extended both deadlines from April 15.
19-03-2020
Senate passes coronavirus legislative package
The Senate and House have passed a coronavirus legislation package that includes three issues important to dentistry that will next head to the White House where President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.
19-03-2020
Association provides coronavirus infection control resources for dentists
The ADA is sharing with members the CDC guidelines on the use of personal protective equipment on its website dedicated to COVID-19.
19-03-2020
ADA develops guidance on dental emergency, nonemergency care
The ADA provided its members and their patients detailed guidance on March 18 on what to consider dental emergencies and nonemergencies dental care as part of an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and alleviate the burden on hospital and emergency departments.
18-03-2020
Free ADA webinar offering answers to pressing COVID-19 questions
The ADA is partnering with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention in providing a free on-demand webinar on Friday, March 20, with content for the program based on questions the ADA has received from members looking for guidance while navigating the novel coronavirus pandemic.
17-03-2020
ADA lobbies Congress’ coronavirus legislative package
As Congress works on legislation in response to the coronavirus disease outbreak, the ADA is working to ensure that those bills include provisions that are beneficial to dentists — particularly dental practice owners — and their patients.
17-03-2020
ADA recommending dentists postpone elective procedures
The ADA is recommending that dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures in response to the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, across the country.
16-03-2020
Association warns members on potential coronavirus-related phishing emails
The Association is asking member dentists and their dental teams to increase their vigilance over phishing emails as a result of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
Attackers often use emergencies as an opportunity to send fake emails tailored to that situation, the association said.
16-03-2020
Just the Facts
First-year tuition
16-03-2020
Snapshots of American Dentistry
Allied dental vs predoctoral dental graduates
16-03-2020
OSHA issues coronavirus guidance
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new guidance for health care providers to prepare workplaces for COVID-19.
13-03-2020
ADA to Congress: Include dentists, patients in coronavirus legislation
The American Dental Association is urging Congress to include oral health care providers and their patients in any legislation proposed to confront the coronavirus disease outbreak.
13-03-2020
ADA adds frequently asked questions from dentists to coronavirus resources
With the coronavirus disease now deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the American Dental Association updated its webpage on the disease March 11 to include a link to frequently asked questions from member dentists covering topics such as personal protective equipment and patient communications.
12-03-2020
Association launches new ADA Science & Research Institute
The American Dental Association launched the new ADA Science & Research Institute LLC on Jan. 1, bringing together the Science Institute in Chicago and research group in Gaithersburg, Maryland, that previously reported to the ADA Foundation.
12-03-2020
IADR, AADR cancel general session in light of coronavirus
The International Association for Dental Research and American Association for Dental Research have canceled their general session scheduled for March 18-21 in Washington, D.C., in light of the coronavirus disease outbreak.
11-03-2020
Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach postpones Mission of Mercy dental clinic amid coronavirus concerns
The Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach has postponed the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic scheduled for March 20-21 in Danbury, Connecticut, "out of abundant caution" amid the coronavirus disease outbreak.
10-03-2020
ADEA cancels annual session due to coronavirus concerns
The American Dental Education Association announced March 9 it has cancelled its annual session due to the coronavirus disease, now named COVID-19.
10-03-2020
The decision to specialize
The question surfaces at the beginning of dental school, maybe even sooner, when the dream first takes hold. What kind of dentist do I want to be? Do I want to be a general dentist? An oral surgeon? A pediatric dentist? Every student’s path to becoming a dentist is unique. Choosing whether to specialize is no different.
10-03-2020
Study: Evidence does not support classifying fluoride as cognitive neurodevelopmental hazard
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced March 5 that it does not find that the National Toxicology Program adequately supported its conclusion that fluoride is “presumed” to be a cognitive neurodevelopmental hazard to humans.
10-03-2020
New ADA resource supports expectant dentists
The ADA’s Council on Dental Practice, in collaboration with the New Dentist Committee and several external dental consultants, has developed the new Guidelines for Practice Success module on Managing Pregnancy, a resource that combines best practices with practical information to guide new dentists through the process of managing a new chapter in the lives and careers.
10-03-2020
Howard dental school celebrates GKAS
The Howard University College of Dentistry treated 35 students from Washington’s Raymond Elementary School at a Feb. 7 Give Kids A Smile event.
09-03-2020
Illinois orthodontist wins ADA Stanford Award for retainer research
An Illinois orthodontist won the American Dental Association's 2019 John W. Stanford New Investigator Award for her research paper evaluating the effects of eight cleaning methods on copolyester polymer, a material commonly used in clear thermoplastic retainers.
06-03-2020
ADA seeks clarification from HHS regarding chief dental officer
The American Dental Association is applauding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to appoint a chief dental officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid but would like to confirm the position is exclusive to CMS.
06-03-2020
Private practice pays $100,000 settlement for potential HIPAA violation
Ogden, Utah — The Office for Civil Rights announced March 3 that it had reached a settlement with Dr. Steven A. Porter’s medical practice to settle a potential violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act security rule.
06-03-2020
Wisconsin faces wave of anti-fluoridation efforts
The ADA and the Wisconsin Dental Association are partnering up with other fluoridated water proponents to address February anti-fluoridation movements in three Wisconsin municipalities: Lake Delton, Berlin and Hayward.
06-03-2020
Study: Dental fluorosis generally less noticeable over time
Results from a University of Iowa College of Dentistry study suggest that mild and moderate dental fluorosis is generally less noticeable over time, validating the beliefs of some supporters of community water fluoridation that there have been overestimates of fluorosis prevalence made by anti-fluoridation activists.
06-03-2020
New compendium summarizes best practices in oral health service delivery
Titled “Compendium of Innovations in Oral Health Service Delivery,” the 64-page digital booklet features organizations from across the country that have found success through varied measures in expanding oral care to underserved populations.
06-03-2020
AADEJ to host dental editing workshop in Anaheim
Anaheim, Calif. — The American Association of Dental Editors & Journalists is hosting Dental Editors University West May 14-15 at the Anaheim Hilton in Anaheim, California.
06-03-2020
ADA to stream dental insurance webinar in April
Trying to navigate the world of dental benefits can be full of choppy seas, and the ADA is holding a free webinar in April to help dentists and their staff find a safe harbor full of information.
05-03-2020
ADA Accelerator Series seeks to speed up dentists’ success
The Association is launching in March a new online, on-demand program specifically designed to provide information — from parental leave to financial support — that is tailored to the early-career dentist’s unique work-life balance needs.
04-03-2020
Oral medicine recognized as a dental specialty
Oral medicine becomes the 11th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards. The recognition comes after the National Commission on March 2 adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Academy of Oral Medicine to recognized oral medicine as a dental specialty.
04-03-2020
Organized dentistry supports oral health literacy
The Organized Dentistry Coalition is applauding Congress for introducing legislation aimed at improving oral health literacy.
04-03-2020
American Dental Board of Anesthesiology recognized as national certifying board for dental specialty
The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards announced March 4 it recognizes the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology as the national certifying board for dental anesthesiology.
04-03-2020
ADA standards committees seek volunteers for new projects
The American Dental Association's Standards Committee on Dental Products and Standards Committee on Dental Informatics are looking for volunteers to help in the development of new projects.
04-03-2020
ADA, AAPD file joint comments with CMS
The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry filed comments Feb. 28 on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed 2021 notice of benefit and payment parameters for the Affordable Care Act.
03-03-2020
Phishing email claims to be from ADA president
At least one American Dental Association member has reported receiving a phishing email appearing to come from an address containing ADA President Chad P. Gehani's name and including a link to "view member's details."
02-03-2020
Vaping bill passes House
The U.S. House of Representatives Feb. 28 passed a comprehensive bill designed to address the youth tobacco epidemic.
02-03-2020
FDA approves combination ibuprofen-acetaminophen drug for U.S.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen combination drug for the U.S.
02-03-2020
ADA technical report on age assessment by dental analysis available for review
The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has approved the technical report for circulation and comment.
02-03-2020
ADA Practice Transitions offering promotional trial for dentists who sign up through March 1
ADA Practice Transitions, a service offered by the ADA focused on helping dentists make the process of joining or leaving a practice successful, is offering a free three-month trial.
27-02-2020
Narwhal exhibit to start U.S. tour March 28
Dr. Martin Nweeia began researching narwhals in 2000. He came to the conclusion that the prevailing research available about the narwhal’s tooth — such as Charles Darwin’s belief that the narwhal’s tooth was a secondary sexual characteristic like an antler or a horn — was only part of the story.
27-02-2020
Tampa Bay Lightning team dentist puts players’ mouths back together again
When Dr. Gil Rivera became a dentist, he had no idea his career would take him to the bloodied and bruised front lines of the NHL, but nearly 18 years later, he continues to treat the ravaged mouths of professional hockey players as the team dentist of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
27-02-2020
Learning, social opportunities abound at ADA FDC 2020
Registration opens April 22 for the ADA FDC Annual Meeting, which will offer a variety of learning and social opportunities for dentists and their teams to enjoy.
26-02-2020
FDI World Dental Congress abstract deadline in late March
The deadline for submission of abstracts for the FDI World Dental Congress is March 25.
25-02-2020
American Institute of Dental Public Health mentors next generation of service-oriented dentists
Dr. David P. Cappelli, Ph.D., acknowledges that as providers, we don’t often understand difficulties that some patients face to receive needed dental care.
25-02-2020
HRSA virtual job fair set for March 4
The Health Resources and Services Administration is hosting a virtual job fair March 4 from 6:45-10:15 p.m. ET. In addition, HRSA’s National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program is now accepting applications for 2020 through April 23.
25-02-2020
ADA releases coronavirus handout for dentists based on CDC guidelines
The handout covers strategies for helping prevent the transmission of suspected respiratory disease in the dental health care setting and answers frequently asked questions related to the virus, based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
24-02-2020
March JADA finds past incarceration associated with oral health issues
Formerly incarcerated people in the U.S. have worse oral health outcomes than those who have never been in prison, according to a study published in the March issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
24-02-2020
Study investigates cellular mechanism behind dental fluorosis
Results from a NYU College of Dentistry study suggest how excess fluoride exposure affects the cells forming tooth enamel — possibly explaining how dental fluorosis arises.
21-02-2020
ADA seeks appointee to Joint Commission board
The Association is calling for nominations of qualified individuals to serve as the ADA appointee to the Joint Commission Board of Commissioners.
21-02-2020
NIDCR seeks comments on research proposal
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is seeking comments on a proposed research initiative on dental fear and anxiety.
20-02-2020
Dental plan transparency continues to drive advocacy efforts
A new California law is requiring dental benefit companies to be more transparent about the leasing of dental networks, making California the 20th state to pass or amend such legislation.
20-02-2020
Indian Health Service, ADA collaborate on Give Kids A Smile for first time
It was a Give Kids A Smile event not only for the children of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians but also no fewer than 117 Indian Health Service dental programs across 24 states that were participating in GKAS with the events alone estimated to involve 14,000 American Indian/Alaska Native children.
19-02-2020
ADA seeks applicants for standards awards
The American Dental Association is accepting submissions for awards that honor standards-based research.
19-02-2020
World Oral Health Day calls for pledges to show unity
Pledge to celebrate World Oral Health Day on March 20 with the rest of the sphere.
19-02-2020
Abstract deadline for smokeless tobacco summit at end of February
The deadline for abstracts for the upcoming National Summit on Smokeless Tobacco Prevention is Feb. 29.
19-02-2020
Former ADA President Robert M. Anderton dies at 82
Dr. Robert M. Anderton, ADA president from 2000-01 and ADA trustee from 1995-99, died Feb. 14.
18-02-2020
Just the Facts
Between 2008 and 2018, the share of active dentists in the U.S. age 65 and over increased by 6%.
17-02-2020
Snapshots of American Dentistry
Advanced dental education program enrollment by gender
17-02-2020
ADA Foundation offers scholarships to dental students
The ADA Foundation will award up to three scholarships worth at least $11,000 each to dental students in 2020.
14-02-2020
ADA comments on surprise billing
The American Dental Association is weighing in on two pieces of legislation aimed at streamlining billing procedures for patients.
13-02-2020
Free ADA webinar to help dentists with social media marketing
The ADA is hosting a free webinar in March on how to effectively advertise and market services and dental practices on Facebook and Instagram.
12-02-2020
New dentists, ADA officers and Board members meet Feb. 9 to exchange ideas
Dr. Emily Mattingly, chair, New Dentist Committee, 6th District, shares her experience as a new dentist in a rural Missouri town. Three other NDC members also shared new dentist perspectives.
12-02-2020
Former executive director of FDI World Dental Federation dies
Dr. Per Äke Zillen, executive director of the FDI World Dental Federation from 1989-2001, died Jan. 19 following a battle with cancer.
11-02-2020
Journal of Public Health Dentistry study finds association between man-made chemical, childhood caries
Circulating levels of perfluorodecanoic acid, a type of perfluoroalkyl acid, may be associated with dental caries in children, according to a study published in the fall 2019 issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.
10-02-2020
After 3 years, Find-a-Dentist initiative a ‘success’
Of the more than 3 million profile views, the program found that 17% resulted in action, which include potential patients visiting a dentist’s website, calling or emailing the practice and sharing their profile. Industry average for similar sites is only 1-4%, so patients are nearly six times more likely to contact an ADA dentist through Find-a-Dentist.
10-02-2020
ADA opposes CMS’ Medicaid block grant guidance
The ADA said it believes a new policy from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid could be “detrimental” to the millions of adults who rely on Medicaid for dental care.
10-02-2020
Dr. Bettie McKaig, first female ADA vice president, dies
Dr. Bettie R. McKaig, who served as the Association’s first vice president from 1998-99, died Feb. 3. She was 70.
10-02-2020
PBHS adds mobile chairside patient education system to ADA TV
PBHS, Inc. announced in January the launch of Consult Mode, an addition to ADA TV that enables dental providers to demonstrate 3D procedural animations, videos and tutorials chairside via tablets, iPads and other hand-held devices.
10-02-2020
Dental Assistants Recognition Week set for March 1-7
The ADA Council on Dental Practice is encouraging dentists to acknowledge the dedication and contributions of their dental assistants during Dental Assistants Recognition Week.
10-02-2020
Hoosiers welcome young dental patients for Give Kids A Smile national kickoff
Indianapolis -- Seven-year-old Jordan Randle made a big promise after visiting Give Kids A Smile for the first time during the national kickoff event Feb. 7 in Indianapolis.
07-02-2020
HIPAA fee limitation no longer applies to third-party access to health records
Following a ruling in federal court two days prior, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Jan. 25 that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule fee limitations do not apply to requests to transmit copies of records to third-parties.
07-02-2020
CDC reminds clinicians to use standard precautions, recommends isolating patients with coronavirus symptoms
In light of the “emerging, rapidly evolving” outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding clinicians to use standard precautions consistently and advising they isolate patients who show signs and symptoms of the virus.
07-02-2020
Global Dental Relief recruiting volunteers
Global Dental Relief, a nonprofit organization that has delivered free dental care to children around the globe since 2001, is seeking clinical volunteers for upcoming humanitarian missions in Nepal and Guatemala.
07-02-2020
Give Kids A Smile kicks off Feb. 7
The American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile program will bring free oral health services to hundreds of thousands of children across the U.S. beginning Feb. 7.
07-02-2020
New HPI Industry Report now available
Dental spending reached $136 billion in 2018 — 3.7% of all health spending — and what the ADA Health Policy Institute is calling a “historic high” in the new HPI Industry Report released Feb. 4.
06-02-2020
ADA joins coalition calling for vaping regulation
The American Dental Association, along with 75 organizations, is urging Congress to support legislation to regulate vaping devices and liquids in the same manner the Food and Drug Administration regulates cigarettes and other tobacco products.
06-02-2020
ADA unveils dental licensure interactive map
The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure launched in December an interactive map in an effort to assist dentists with keeping track of current initial licensure requirements by state.
05-02-2020
Indian Health Service honoring National Children’s Dental Health Month
The Indian Health Service is presenting a four-part series of messages focused on their younger patients’ oral heath in honor of the February observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month.
04-02-2020
ADA provides suggestions to help protect dentists from employee theft
04-02-2020
Dental service leaders visit Washington
Dental service leaders met with the ADA Council on Government Affairs Jan. 25 in Washington to discuss legislative and regulatory issues.
03-02-2020
Missouri Dental Association notches win
Thanks to the advocacy efforts of the Missouri Dental Association, a managed care organization has agreed to remove an authorization tool it was requiring dentists to use prior to using sedation.
03-02-2020
UCSF dental school receives $10M donation
The University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry announced Jan. 30 it received a $10 million gift — the largest contribution ever to the dental school — to establish an endowment that would fun efforts to modernize its curriculum and recruit and retain faculty members.
03-02-2020
Florida oral surgeon stays atop branding as practice expands
There is an art to conveying just who you are at every stage of your dental practice. One minute you could be a single-dentist practice with a hygienist and a receptionist, and then, the next thing you know, you could have a group practice and maybe even several locations.
03-02-2020
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Dentists not busy enough
03-02-2020
Snapshots of American Dentistry
International dental school graduates in U.S. dental schools
03-02-2020
Looking back: ADA annual meeting welcomes more than 200,000 attendees since 2010
The last decade brought 236,658 attendees to the American Dental Association's annual meeting. The ADA will continue to build on that momentum with the ADA FDC Annual Meeting from Oct. 15-18 in Orlando, Florida.
31-01-2020
CDC to offer coronavirus guidance during webinar Jan. 31
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide interim guidance to clinicians regarding the coronavirus outbreak during a webinar at 2 p.m. EST Jan. 31.
29-01-2020
ADA urges subcommittee to support Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act
The American Dental Association is asking Congress to pass the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act — legislation that would require all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services that repair or restore congenital anomalies.
29-01-2020
Dental practice sued for allegedly sending unsolicited text messages
A class action lawsuit alleging that a Florida dental practice sent unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Jan. 6.
29-01-2020
Study clubs ‘enhance the level of care provided’
The Duluth Dental Forum in northeastern Minnesota celebrated its 75th anniversary in late 2019, stating that it was the second-oldest study club of its kind in the United States.
29-01-2020
Addressing caries through the lens of social justice, health equity, human rights
It’s a conviction that was published in the November issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association and the basis for the October 2019 forum that Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez fostered, where dentists, physicians, nurses and public health and public policy experts proposed, discussed and recommended solutions for preventing early childhood caries through the lens of social justice, health equity and human rights.
29-01-2020
Member dentist honored for contributions in SNODENT development
The international group SNOMED International honored ADA member dentist Dr. Mark Jurkovich with the Award of Excellence for spearheading the important work the ADA has done on SNODENT, the group announced Jan. 16.
29-01-2020
Dental Quality Alliance to help dentists make connection between everyday dentistry, quality measures
The Dental Quality Alliance will help dentists learn more about how quality measure domains can be best used to drive quality improvement at the practice level through a free webinar in March.
29-01-2020
ADA provides suggestions to help protect dentists from employee theft
Nearly 49% of responding dental practices have experienced employee theft, and nearly 46% of those have experienced theft or embezzlement more than once, according to a survey conducted by the ADA Council on Dental Practice.
29-01-2020
National Children’s Dental Health Month highlights optimally fluoridated water
This year the February observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month honors the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation with its theme, “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap!”
29-01-2020
Tufts University program provides homeless veterans with advanced dental care
Service With A Smile was among 10 programs from nine universities to receive funding this year through the ADA Foundation’s E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Awards.
28-01-2020
Scholarship applicants sought for 2020 Institute for Teaching and Learning
This year’s Institute for Teaching Learning program is scheduled for Aug. 23-26 in Atlanta. Now in its 14th year, with over 700 alumni, the program combines presentations, discussions, small group activities and peer-to-peer learnings to give participants new teaching skills. The onsite program is followed by a six-month distance learning experience that include online activities and interactive webinars.
28-01-2020
‘It’s very rewarding when dentists can treat veterans’
“Our nation’s veterans deserve the best.” Those were the words of ADA President Chad P. Gehani following his Jan. 7 visit to the Orlando VA Healthcare System’s dental clinic.
27-01-2020
ADA House rescinds The Dentist’s Prayer, amends recognition of religious diversity policy to be more inclusive
In an effort to advance the Association’s diversity and inclusion efforts, the ADA House of Delegates voted at its meeting in September to rescind the policy titled “The Dentist’s Prayer,” used by some state and local dental societies during their meetings, and amend its policy on recognition of religious diversity.
27-01-2020
February JADA examines connection between healthy eating habits, untreated caries
Greater compliance with dietary guidelines may reduce the chance of untreated caries in adults, according to a study published in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
27-01-2020
Send Give Kids A Smile photos
ADA News welcomes digital submissions from GKAS program participants.
23-01-2020
2019 marks big year for Washington office
The Association’s Washington office covered a wide range of advocacy issues in 2019 — from vaping to student loan reform to making sure dentistry was exempt from the U.S. Mexico-Tourism Act.
23-01-2020
Arizona Mission of Mercy event provides treatment to over 1,700
The Central Arizona Dental Society hosted a Mission of Mercy event Dec. 13-14 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, providing treatment to 1,785 patients totaling just over $2 million in free dental service.
23-01-2020
Special Olympics athletes get dental help thanks to ADA member dentist
As the world gets ready for the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games in February, one of the ADA’s member dentists will be watching as the Special Smiles program he founded will be used to screen and attend to the dental needs of the competing athletes.
21-01-2020
Alliance of the ADA offers education, entertainment at Conference 2020
From courses on burnout, vaping and more to golf and a low-country boil, the Alliance of the American Dental Association's upcoming Conference 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina, will offer a variety of educational and entertainment opportunities.
21-01-2020
Texas A&M dental school opens new clinic, education building
Texas A&M College of Dentistry announced Jan. 17 it opened it’s a new 160,000-square-foot, nine-story clinic, which enables the dental school to increase underserved patients’ access to care.
21-01-2020
Just the Facts
In 2018, male general practitioner dentists in private practice had an average 16.2 more patient visits per week than female dentists.
20-01-2020
Snapshots of American Dentistry
Average educational indebtedness of graduating students from U.S. dental schools has increased an average of 3.5% annually between 2000 and 2018 after adjusting for inflation.
20-01-2020
Dental sealant webinar to stream Feb. 6
The ADA will present a free webinar Feb. 6 on dental sealants, especially designed to help dental providers in communities that do not yet have sealant programs in place.
17-01-2020
ADA standard on treating biofilm in waterlines available for comment
The American Dental Association Standards Committee on Dental Products has approved the document for circulation and comment.
17-01-2020
Dental schools, industry team up to create innovation centers
The Center for Research & Education in Technology is encouraging dental schools to find out how to participate in its program and learn about the benefits to the school and its students.
17-01-2020
Nonprofit recruiting dentists to volunteer in Puerto Rico
The U.S.-based International Medical Relief is sponsoring outreach trips to Puerto Rico in response to the earthquakes that have devastated the region.
17-01-2020
ADA standards committees invite interested parties to upcoming meetings
Those interested in developing dental standards that ensure product safety and efficacy and offer useful information on new and emerging technologies can attend upcoming meetings of the American Dental Association's standards committees.
16-01-2020
Dr. Loree Bolin is ADA’s 2020 Humanitarian Award recipient
Dr. Loree Bolin’s humanitarian work has drawn accolades from the dental community in her home state of Washington, and now Dr. Bolin is being recognized nationally by being named the recipient of the ADA’s 2020 Humanitarian Award, bestowed by the ADA Board of Trustees.
16-01-2020
ADA Publishing unveils new websites
The ADA Publishing unveiled in December new webpages for four award-winning and well-respected publications — ADA News, The Journal of the American Dental Association, Dental Practice Success and the New Dentist News, giving the journal and magazines a greater presence online.
15-01-2020
From high school student to dentist, Give Kids A Smile volunteer continues commitment
Dr. Theressa Eliscar-Hewett began volunteering at the Nassau County Give Kids A Smile event in Long Island, New York, as a high school student. More than 10 years later, she continues to volunteer, only now as a dentist.
14-01-2020
American College of Dentists celebrates centennial anniversary
As the American College of Dentists celebrates its 100th anniversary, its leaders are ready to continue their mission of advancing excellence, ethics, professionalism and leadership in dentistry.
14-01-2020
Dentists rank No. 2 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Jobs report
Dentists leaped up to No. 2 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the 100 Best Jobs, the magazine revealed on its website Jan. 7.
14-01-2020
Anniversary of community water fluoridation arrives
The ADA National Fluoridation Advisory Committee is inviting dentists and others who promote the adoption and continuation of adding an optimal amount of fluoride to water to celebrate this year.
14-01-2020
Free ADA webinar offers education on how to receive electronic funds transfer payments
Dentists who have had a dental plan payment check lost in the mail could consider a way to receive safe and secure payment through electronic funds transfer payments.
14-01-2020
Member review, comment solicited for changes to CDT Code
The 2021 Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature — better known as the CDT Code — could include changes or additions to codes regarding oral/oropharyngeal cancer, caries management by risk assessment, laboratory surface scanning for diagnostic purposes, and counseling for the control and prevention of adverse oral, behavioral, and systemic health effects associated with high-risk substance use.
10-01-2020
ADA seeks nominations for representation on Dental Quality Alliance
The ADA is calling for nominations for two seats to represent the Association in the Dental Quality Alliance.
10-01-2020
Former ADA vice president dies at 87
Dr. Chauncey Cross, who served as vice president of the American Dental Association from 1997-98, died Sept. 5, 2019, on his 87th birthday.
10-01-2020
ADA asks Congress to pass Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act
The American Dental Association is asking Congress to pass the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act — legislation that would require all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services that repair or restore congenital anomalies.
09-01-2020
ADA CERP collaboration focuses on dentistry’s role in interprofessional education
The ADA’s Continuing Education Recognition Program, or ADA CERP, announced in December that it is collaborating with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education, in an effort to offer dentists more opportunities to participate in interprofessional education.
09-01-2020
HHS releases video tutorial for searching list of excluded individuals/entities
The Department of Health and Human Services released Nov. 25 a five-minute video explaining how to search its list of excluded individuals and entities, called LEIE.
09-01-2020
ADA Member Advantage ends two endorsements
ADA Member Advantage announced Jan. 8 the end of its endorsement relationship with two companies.
09-01-2020
New ADA standard, technical report available for comment by Feb. 17
The American Dental Association Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has approved two documents for circulation and comment.
08-01-2020
ADA supports proposed rules to update federal Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law
The American Dental Association supports a new safe harbor for cybersecurity technology and services and modifying the existing safe harbor for electronic health records to add protections for cybersecurity. This was in response to the Office of the Inspector General and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed changes to the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law exceptions.
06-01-2020
Stony Brook University opens Center for Implant and Digital Technology
Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine opened Dec. 5 its Center for Implant and Digital Technology, which will serve as a state-of-the-art space for digital dentistry-focused education, patient care and research.
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Organized Dentistry Coalition supports PPE tax credit legislation
The Organized Dentistry Coalition is supporting a new bill calling for a $25,000 tax credit for small businesses, including dental practices, to purchase personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
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