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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
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
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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