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3M to provide 3,000 introductory dental sealant kits for 2017 Give Kids A Smile

3M will donate 3,000 introductory sealant kits to the ADA Foundation for use during the 2017 Give Kids A Smile program.

ADA asks CMS to postpone Medicare Part D enforcement date

The Association filed comments Sept. 23 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, urging regulators to postpone the enforcement date of the Medicare Part D prescriber enrollment rule.

ADA launches 'Manage My Debt' web portal

As the average educational debt for senior dental students continue to grow, the ADA launched in September a new web portal dedicated on money-saving resources and tools to help dentists achieve financial stability.

ADPAC video: “Health and wellbeing are not partisan”

That’s the theme of the American Dental Political Action Committee’s “Get Out the Vote” video.

HPI: Unmet dental needs falling for children, rising for low-income adults, seniors

Unmet dental needs are falling among children, but rising among low-income adults and seniors, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute.

Prophylactic antibiotic use topic of ADA 2016 course

Dentists interested in prophylactic antibiotic use can still register for a previously sold out continuing education course at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting.

Sec. 1557: Oct. 16 is deadline for taglines, nondiscrimination notices

In its ongoing education efforts on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, the ADA is reminding dentists that the deadline is Oct. 16 for complying with the posting of notices.

After votes, water fluoridation forges ahead in two communities

About 15,000 people in Duxbury, Mass., will continue receiving fluoridated water.

HPI: Endodontists showing "definitive signs" in post-recession recovery

Compared to general practitioners and other specialists, endodontists and pediatric dentists are the only dentists to see "definitive signs of post-recession income recovery," according to a Sept. 19 ADA Health Policy Institute research brief.

Know before you go to ADA 2016

Now that your bags are packed — or even if they're not — there are still things to know before you go to ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting.

Learn more about conducting clinical research with no-cost online course

Health professionals interested in learning how to effectively conduct clinical research can take a course offered online at no cost from National Institutes of Health.

Smile Champion Awards recognize Give Kids A Smile supporters

The executive director of a local dental society in Oregon and 3M are the 2016 recipients of the Smile Champion award.

Dental students practice communicating with patients in essay contest

Dental students at seven participating schools can enter a health literacy essay contest the ADA is sponsoring.

Help the ADA evaluate products by joining clinical evaluation panel

ADA member practicing dentists are invited to participate in a panel that will help provide their colleagues with objective and clinically relevant information regarding dental products and clinical issues.

Preventive approaches to caries topic of newly published paper

Health professionals can be proactive in managing caries and preventing loss of tooth structure and infection, according to a discussion paper published Sept. 14 by the National Academy of Medicine.

ADA, Friends of NIDCR urge Congress to ensure 2017 funding

The Association and Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research are asking Congress to approve an omnibus appropriations bill that would allot $430.5 million in 2017 funding.

Court bans international company, executives following FTC lawsuit

A federal court has banned a Slovakia-based company and two of its executives from the business directory business following a 2013 suit the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed.

Register for webinar on peer review

The ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs is offering the webinar The Mediator’s Dilemma: Case Studies in Peer Review.

ADA supports NIDCR research agenda, requests agency's input

The Association offered comments Sept. 19 on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research's proposed research initiatives for 2018.

Oral Health America celebrates Advocacy Week in Washington

Oral Health America celebrated its Advocacy Week Sept. 12-16 on Capitol Hill.

Applications for four ADA Foundation grants near deadline

The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for programs that provide funding to improve the oral health of the public.

CDC corrects fluoridation statistics

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention in September revised its national fluoridation statistics.

Dentist finds purpose with Army Reserve

In 2011, with nearly 20 years of dentistry under his belt, Dr. John Endow was looking for a new challenge. He found it in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Industry Watch - A-dec names new chief operating officer

A-dec announced in August the promotion of Marv Nelson to executive vice president and chief operating officer of A-dec.

Industry Watch – Digital Dental elects new president and CEO

Digital Dental announced that it appointed Corey Tisthammer as president and CEO effective July 25.

Industry Watch – Henry Schein provides 3,000 hygiene kits to American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Facilities

Henry Schein announced this summer that it would donate 3,000 kits containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash and other hygiene products to American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Facilities, a program providing free temporary housing for cancer patients and their loved ones.

Join bone marrow registry to potentially save life

Qualified dental professionals can register as potentially life-saving bone marrow donors and learn how to offer their patients the same opportunity at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting.

Mouthguard program perfect fit for Cleveland dental society volunteers

Many public high school athletes passing and punting on football fields across Cleveland are equipped with colorful, custom-fit mouthguards.

New social media zone helps decode solutions in Exhibit Hall

A place to immerse attendees in all things social media and explore ways to improve office productivity.

Opening General Session and Mountain Mixer highlights of first day of ADA 2016

Dental professionals can open their experience at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting with two programs that bookend the opening day.

Snapshots of American Dentistry — September 19, 2016

Accredited advanced dental education programs

Wellness Studio offers physical therapists, courses at ADA 2016

Does your back ache at the end of the day at your practice?

Comments and volunteers sought for digital radiography standard

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has approved for circulation and comment a standard related to digital radiography.

ADA Business Resources endorses Lenovo Computers

ADA Business Resources announced Sept. 12 it endorsed Lenovo Computers as the business- and home-use computer products provider for ADA members.

ADA pledges support for Partnership for Drug-Free Kids campaign

In its continuing efforts to stop the overuse and abuse of opioids, the Association has joined the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids' Search and Rescue project, an education campaign designed to connect prescribers with training, information and resources to help patients who may be at risk for opioid addiction.

Dental students debate hot topics

Tough industry issues such as workforce and licensure aren't just the concerns of seasoned professionals — they're at the heart of dental students' concerns as well.

November conference to focus on translating research into practice

Dental professionals will learn more about ways to help ensure they are using the best evidence to support their clinical decision-making and practice behaviors.

ADA Foundation seeking donations to help dentists

The ADA Foundation has provided more than 17 grants with a total value of $32,500.

FDI white paper calls for ‘evidence-based solutions for dental caries’

The FDI World Dental Federation released a “Dental Caries Prevention and Management” white paper under the banner of its caries prevention partnership with Colgate.

Sen. Blunt tours COMTREA mobile dental clinic

The COMTREA mobile dental clinic is open for business and on Sept. 9, had a very special guest in attendance: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt.

ADA Credentialing Service launches nationally

The ADA announced Sept. 8 the national launch of the ADA Credentialing Service, which was developed in an effort to help simplify the credentialing process and reduce administrative burdens for dentists.

Tumbling teeth spur art competition, community outreach

Ask Dr. William Demray why there are 3,333 molars overflowing from the second-story windows of his dental practice, and he has a simple explanation.

Book appointments to see state-of-art tech at ADA 2016

Dental professionals will not only see cutting-edge technology at the Technology Expo, but they will be able to get their hands on the latest innovations in free private appointments.

Dental community urges Congress to fund oral health programs in 2017

Washington — As Congress works towards finalizing funding for 2017, the dental community is reaching out to key legislators to request the “highest funding levels possible” for oral health programs.

Don’t burst that bubble: Sugar Free Bazooka awarded ADA Seal

Consumers who seek out ADA Seal-Accepted products have a bubbly new option.

In addressing shortage, new dental school to open in Western Texas

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso will open the state’s fourth dental school, estimated to open in 2020.

Learn to send secure email at ADA 2016

Dental professionals can witness practical demonstrations of email image exchange that are fully compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements

Tech Expo will showcase innovations at ADA 2016

Dental professionals will not be on the edge of their seat at the Technology Expo at ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting.

Code D9994 recommended for documenting interpreter and translator services

Beginning in January, the new dental case management and patient education code D9994 will be the code the ADA recommends dentists use when billing plans for providing patients with language assistance services or documenting these services.

FDI adopts new definition of ‘oral health’

The FDI World Dental Federation launched a new definition of the term “oral health” designating oral health as an integral part of general health and well-being.

Texas dentist opens Victorian-era themed dental museum

From cabinets and dental chairs to hand tools and light fixtures, when it comes to style, today’s operatories can seem a little bland to Dr. Kim Freeman.

ADA, others ask House to oppose tobacco policy riders

Washington — The ADA, with 52 other organizations, urged House Appropriations Committee leaders to oppose two tobacco policy riders in a continuing resolution to maintain federal operations.

ADA urges HHS to elevate dental pain management in opioid training activities

The ADA has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to better address the nuances of managing dental pain in its opioid prescriber education and training programs.

Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2016-17 class announced

The ADA Board of Trustees announced in August the 2016-17 class of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

Distinguished Service Award awardee ‘known and revered’

The ADA Board of Trustees will bestow upon Dr. Dawson the ADA Distinguished Service Award for his lifelong undying devotion to advancing the art and science of dentistry. 

Intrigued by EBD, Buffalo educator books a seat at October conference

The first-year dental students in evidence-based dentistry classes at the University at Buffalo The State University of New York have access to more scientific literature than many who graduated before them.

Just the Facts — September 5, 2016

Dental care in a retail setting

Virtual dental homes offer way to get care to the underserved

Telehealth-connected dental teams can offer a safe and effective alternative for bringing dental care to vulnerable and underserved people.

ADA reveals 2016 Golden Apple Award recipients

The ADA announced Aug. 31 the recipients of the 28th annual Golden Apple Awards, which honor leaders, members and staff who have contributed to the success of dental society activities.

Tobacco-related research abstract submissions due

Dental professionals who have research to share related to tobacco control are invited to submit their abstracts by Sept. 30 to organizers for the National Conference on Tobacco or Health.

ADA comments on Wall Street Journal article

"Poor children shouldn't be stopped from seeing a dentist by a restructured system that redirects them to providers with less training than dentists." This was one of the ADA's key messages in its response to the Wall Street Journal's Aug. 19 article, "You Don't Have to be a Dentist to Fill A Cavity," which proposed dental therapists as the solution to access to care issues

ADA webinar, Understanding Section 1557, available on

A recording of the ADA webinar, Understanding Section 1557, is accessible at

FDA to start requiring boxed warnings on opioids, benzodiazepine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Aug. 31 that it plans to require boxed warnings for prescription opioid analgesics, opioid-containing cough products and benzodiazepines.

Louisiana dentists rebuild after storm

Dentists are among the thousands here salvaging what they can from their homes, and in some cases, dental practices — and also pitching in to help others affected — after days of torrential rainfall slammed southern Louisiana in August.

ADA Foundation Caries Symposium explores prevention of childhood epidemic

The program brought together people who are involved in childhood caries studies, outreach programs and public health and policy in order to address the issue of childhood caries.

PA dentist watches his patients compete in Olympics

The enthusiasm and pride so many experienced when watching the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro felt personal for Dr. Rick Knowlton.

ADA names members who earned Certificate for International Volunteer Service

Dr. Jack Levine, a New Haven, Connecticut-based dentist, had had a busy year.

Colgate sponsoring two free courses at ADA 2016

In partnership with the ADA, Colgate-Palmolive Company and Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals have created two free continuing education courses at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting, both on Oct. 21.

New CDT 2017 on sale

The ADA released CDT 2017: Dental Procedure Codes on Aug. 30, a revised edition that features 11 new codes, five revised codes and one deleted code.

CDC announces $3 million in awards to strengthen chronic disease, oral health program collaborations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $3 million in funding to six state health departments in an effort to strengthen collaborations.

Many Medicaid-enrolled children with preventable dental conditions getting surgical treatment

Many children have preventable dental conditions that are not treated until they need surgical care in hospital operating rooms or ambulatory surgery centers.

ADA joins surgeon general campaign to raise opioid abuse awareness

In support of U.S. Surgeon Gen. Vivek H. Murthy's national Turn the Tide campaign, the Association is asking dentists everywhere to take an online pledge to help curb the widespread abuse of opioid pain medications.

Talk with patients more effectively using ADA health literacy webpage

Do your patients know what you mean when you talk about dental prophylaxis?

Register now for Aug. 30 webinar, Understanding Section 1557

The ADA will host a free webinar Aug. 30 for members and dental society staff with questions about compliance with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

Whiston Award winners demonstrate leadership in dentistry, community

The ADA Foundation in August named two Missourians as the recipients of the 2016 Dr. David Whiston Leadership Awards.

Improve skills with CAD/CAM technology at ADA 2016

Dental professionals who want to improve their skills with computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing technology can do so at a workshop the ADA Science Institute is hosting at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting.

Office for Civil Rights expands investigations of breaches

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced Aug. 18 that it has begun an initiative to investigate the root causes of reported breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals.

University of Louisville dental school receives $2M grant to provide dental care for HIV/AIDS patients

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry announced it received federal funding to continue providing comprehensive oral health care to underserved Kentuckians.

American College of Prosthodontists, ACP Education Foundation name new executive director

The American College of Prosthodontists announced Aug. 16 it named Linda Caradine-Poinsett, M.J., M.B.A., Ph.D., as its new executive director, effective Sept. 12. She will also serve as executive director of the ACP Education Foundation.

Board of Trustees proposes 2017 ADA budget

Focus the message; fill the pipeline; simplify. These three strategic priorities are driving the 2017 ADA budget proposal, which the Board of Trustees at its July 31-Aug. 2 meeting voted to transmit to the House of Delegates.

Correctional health care meeting offers CE

Dentists who work in public health or want to learn more about what it’s like to work in a correctional facility can earn up to 32 continuing education credits.

Just the Facts — August 22, 2016

Dental care in a retail setting

Moving forward

To help move change forward, the ADA's 2015-16 Licensure Task Force is focused on "policy to action" by encouraging more state dental boards to accept results of all five agencies' clinical exams as well as to enhance use of the curriculum integrated format by all clinical testing agencies until such time as nonpatient-based licensure examinations are established.

New Dentist Conference CE covers debt, future, leadership and more

From learning how to manage student loan debt and maintaining a comfortable work-life balance to staying up-to-date on the future of health care and becoming leaders, the New Dentist Conference continuing education lineup is like choosing your own adventure.

Shifting focus on patients: New licensure exam seeks to address ethical dilemmas

Every year, hundreds of patients enter the halls of dental schools throughout the country volunteering to receive treatment as part of a clinical licensing exam for graduating dental students. Some of these patients have waited weeks and months to have dental care provided during the clinical exam process.

Snapshots of American Dentistry — August 22, 2016

Overall condition of mouth and teeth

ADA, CODA seeks public, consumer member nominations

The ADA, through the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, is seeking nominations for individuals to serve as public/consumer representatives on the Commission on Dental Accreditation's Board of Commissioners.

ADA Foundation offers emergency disaster relief

Dentists suffering a disaster as a result of severe storms and flooding in Louisiana can seek immediate aid from the ADA Foundation’s Emergency Disaster Grant Program.

ADA Success readies dental students for life after school

In an effort to help dental students prepare for life as a dentist and boost student engagement with the ADA, the New Dentist Committee and Office of Student Affairs is launching an enhanced series of ADA Success programs for the 2016-17 academic year.

Maj. Gen. Bhaskar, former chief, Army Dental Corps, dies at 93

Retired Maj. Gen. Surindar (Sindi) Bhaskar, the 17th chief of the Army Dental Corps, died Aug. 4 at the age of 93.

Maj. Gen. Butz, former assistant surgeon general for Air Force dental services, dies

Retired Maj. Gen. Donald J. Butz, former assistant surgeon general for dental services for the U.S. Air Force, died Aug. 4.

ADA Foundation Caries Symposium commences today

The ADA Foundation Caries Symposium began today with experts who are involved in childhood caries studies, outreach programs and public health and policy in order to address the issue of childhood caries, especially in underserved populations in the United States.

Got a minute? ADA 2016 attendees can participate in '60-second' service project

Altruistic ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting attendees short on time have a chance to participate in a "60-second service project" that the Alliance of the American Dental Association is spearheading.

Mississippi hospital agrees to $2.75 million settlement

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle multiple alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations.

Office for Civil Rights will not delay Sec. 1557 final rule

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights said Aug. 15 that it will not delay enforcement of the final rule issued under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

ADA looks out for dentists in work with fire protection standards

Widely recognized as the authoritative source for information regarding dental practice and dental standards, the ADA regularly has its members’ backs in often unseen ways.

Army, Navy, Air Force dental commands band together during war training exercise

Dentists in combat zones often have duties that go way beyond fixing teeth.

Dental community mourns after plane crash kills 4 dentists, their spouses

The Mississippi dental community is mourning the loss of four dentists and their spouses in an Aug. 14 plane crash.

Gain knowledge, confidence in international volunteering at ADA 2016

Dental professionals interested in learning about volunteering overseas have two opportunities awaiting them at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting in October.

Regional Delta Dental office amends dentists’ contracts to address Medicare

Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana amended contracts effective Jan. 1, 2017, mandating dentists to take action regarding the Medicare Part D enrollment requirement and complete training in order to participate in Delta's network.

See Dental Practice Success experts at ADA 2016

Dental Practice Success is a quarterly publication that brings together well-known dental practice management counselors who serve up the best advice on a wide range of topics, and dental professionals get the chance to see some of the authors in person at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting in October.

Women dentists the focal point of much of ADA 2016

ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting will inspire and feature education that promotes the health and well-being of female patients and clinicians.

Water fluoridation highlighted in CDC report for reducing tooth decay

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report water fluoridation as one approach that achieves lasting impact on health outcomes.

ADA Foundation awards Harris Grants to battle childhood caries

The ADA Foundation awarded 25 organizations Harris Grants in July, a total of $119,930.62.

Tennessee communities consider water fluoridation

Water utility commissioners in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, voted 6-1 in July to cease water fluoridation to its 7,500 customers.

ADA offers tips on preparing for possible HIPAA audit

The ADA Center for Professional Success has tips to help dental practices who may be faced with an audit from the federal government to determine whether they are complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules.

Just the Facts — August 8, 2016

Average age at retirement

S.C. referral program helps guide patients to dental homes

Renew Our Community is a nonprofit here that for years had been helping provide housing, meals, transportation and clean clothes to the underserved when its leadership in 2014 discovered another necessity thousands in the county had been going without: dental care.

Government, ADA recognize importance of flossing

Cleaning between teeth with floss and the use of other tools such as interdental brushes is an important oral hygiene practice and, along with professional cleanings and tooth brushing, has been shown to disrupt and remove plaque, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement in August.

Conference focuses on small group practices

Find out why more dentists are joining or starting small group practices at a conference preceding ADA 2016.

ADA dentists attend RNC and DNC

Dozens of ADA dentists attended the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

BPA in dental sealants safe

New PPR research shows a child’s exposure from BPA mostly from food, drinks

ADA urges members to contact members of Congress regarding final rule on Sec. 1557

The Organized Dentistry Coalition has asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights for an extension of the implementation deadlines for the recently released final rule on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, Colgate launch grant program

The Canada-United States chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future announced a new grant program in August to help fund interprofessional projects that positively impact the oral health of pregnant women and children under 6.

Cadavers, live patients, dental sleep medicine on tap at ADA 2016

A track focused on dental sleep medicine plus hands-on cadaver workshops and live patient courses are among the continuing education highlights at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting in October.

ADA 2016 concurrent meeting teaches CBCT, 3-D success

Do you want to learn how to succeed in your practice with cone beam computed tomography? If so, come to the Mile High City one day early for a special full-day continuing education program "How to Succeed in Your Practice with CBCT" on Wednesday, Oct. 19, prior to ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting.

ADA Business Resources endorses AHI Travel

ADA Business Resources announced July 15 it endorsed AHI International Corporation as the tour and travel provider for ADA members.

After fiery start, Illinois MOM event helps hundreds

Five days before the dental volunteers for the Mission of Mercy event here were scheduled to see their first patient, the truck carrying all the necessary equipment caught on fire.

Program addresses how research informs clinical practice

Dental professionals are invited to an International Association of Dental Research/American Association of Dental Research Chicago Section event on July 27 that will address how research informs clinical practice and policies.

CAPIR looks at ways dental students can pay off loans

Dental students are graduating with unprecedented amounts of student loan debt. Based on American Dental Education Association data, the average dental school graduate in 2014 carried $247,227 in student loan debt, up from $221,000 in 2013.

Dr. Summerhays visits Rosebud Reservation

Her presidency has taken her all over the world, but her visit to the Rosebud Reservation is one that will stand out long after Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays exits her ADA office.

New bill enables veterans to purchase low premium dental coverage

The Senate July 13 passed a new bill that allows veterans to purchase low premium dental coverage from private insurers.

Dental students invited to register for loan repayment program webinar

Dental students seeking financial assistance after graduation are invited join a National Health Service Corps webinar on its Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program, to be held 2-3 p.m. EST, July 28.

ADA, others thank Congress for efforts in curbing opioid addiction

The ADA, the American Osteopathic Association and 81 other health groups commended the House and Senate for passing legislation to help reduce prescription opioid abuse.

Tennessee Dental Association announces new executive director

The Tennessee Dental Association hired Mike Dvorak as its new executive director earlier this year and his first day on the job was July 1.

Webinar to discuss signs of opioid abuse

Learn about opioid abuse, how to recognize it and how to safely provide pain management for dental patients in an upcoming webinar.

ADA seeks extension for ACA mandate

The Association has asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights for an extension of the implementation deadlines for the recently released final rule issued under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

Phase two HIPAA audits under way

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has sent emails to selected covered entities that will be included in phase two of its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act audit program.

Protect your office from ransomware

Ransomware, a rapidly growing form of cyber attack, is a type of malicious software that encrypts a user's data and holds it for ransom. It can affect any computer device. Most ransomware infects systems through "spam, phishing messages, websites and email attachments," according to the Office of Civil Rights.

Organized dentistry brings oral health awareness to health workers in Navajo Nation

The Community Health Representatives in the Navajo Nation here have long been revered for improving residents' general health by helping them navigate the complicated health care delivery system, providing home visits, serving as interpreters, offering health screenings and more.

Oral health programs on track to receive federal funding in 2017

The House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education bill July 14, allocating important funding for many of the Association's key advocacy issues affecting oral health.

Proposed rule would provide tax relief for ACA pediatric dental plans

The ADA is applauding the July 8 proposed rule from the Internal Revenue Service that would expand tax credits for families purchasing pediatric dental plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Science related to fluoride, dentists' exposure to bacteria presented at IADR

New scientific research related to the risk of exposure to Legionella pneumophila for dental practitioners; the role of diet in caries prevention; and the effectiveness of silver diamine fluoride in arresting root caries were among the topics explored at the 94th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association of Dental Research.

ADA resources offered

To help dental offices comply with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, the ADA has prepared resources for member dentists.

Entries for Dental Office Design Competition due Aug. 26

When it comes to designing their own practices, Drs. Brett McRay, Heather Robbins and Robert O’Donnell share a connection.

June votes validate fluoridation in three U.S. communities

Fluoridation will continue or be reinstated in three U.S. communities after leadership in each municipality voted in favor of the public health measure.

Just the Facts - July 11

Difficulty biting and chewing

Opioid prescriptions by dentists examined in July JADA

Dentists in all states except Missouri can query their state's prescription drug monitoring program to inform their opioid prescribing decisions and potentially guard against the risk for unintentional overdoses or patient drug diversions, authors of the July JADA cover story say.

Snapshots of American Dentistry - July 11

Average hours per year in the dental office

Symposium takes aim at oral health disparities

More than 60 dental, medical, nursing, dental hygiene and community health professionals gathered here June 11 to address an ongoing oral health dilemma.

2017 ADA Humanitarian Award nominations due Sept. 15

The ADA is seeking nominations for the annual ADA Humanitarian Award. Nomination materials must be submitted on or before Sept. 15.

ADA Foundation honors 30 allied dental students

The ADA Foundation announced in June the 30 winners of the 2016 Allied Dental Student Scholarships.

Webinar on PPO contracts set for July 26

For dentists, their team members and state dental society staff with questions about signing contracts with preferred provider organizations, the ADA is inviting them to register for the July 26 webinar, “Signing the Contract: Understanding PPOs.”

ADA extends honorary membership to trio

The ADA will award three individuals with honorary memberships in 2016. The ADA Board of Trustees nominated the trio for their outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry, and approved the designations at its June meeting.

ADA first dental organization to collaborate with health literacy resource

The ADA in July became the first dental organization to collaborate with Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and Consumer Reports that aims to help patients make educated choices about health care.

ADA president urges dentists to renew commitment to prevent opioid abuse

ADA President Carol Gomez Summerhays July 5 urged dentists everywhere to take steps to help prevent the widespread abuse of opioid pain medications, according to a Dear Colleague letter published in ADA News.

A message from the ADA president

We have all heard the stories of celebrities who have died from overdosing on prescription painkillers. The stories are tragic, and they are not limited to the rich and famous. In 2014, over 47,000 people died from drug overdoses, and 40 percent of those (18,893 deaths) involved opioid analgesics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This doesn't count the nearly 2 million Americans the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said reported abusing or being dependent on prescription pain relievers.

Connecticut pediatric fee schedule reduction postponed until Sept. 1

The Connecticut Department of Social Services announced June 30 that it is reconsidering reducing pediatric dental Medicaid reimbursement rates based on feedback from dentists and other oral health constituents.

Updated ACA mandate takes effect July 18

The federal Office for Civil Rights has issued a final rule prohibiting health care entities that receive federal financial assistance from discriminating based on age, race, color, nationality, disability or gender.

ADA dispute against Delta Dental policy escalates

The ADA took its dispute with Delta Dental a step further in June when the Association's executive director and president sent the third-party payer's CEO a letter expressing their "serious concerns and extreme disappointment" over its disallow policy.

ADA News, Dental Practice Success, Chairside Instructor App, JADA win EXCEL awards

The ADA News, the Journal of the American Dental Association, Dental Practice Success and Product Development and Sales each earned EXCEL Awards from Association Media & Publishing, a trade group for association publishing.

Dental office managers to convene in Florida

The American Association of Dental Office Management will hold its 12th annual session Sept. 15-18 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

JADA website, app unavailable Saturday and Sunday

The Journal of the American Dental Association will upgrade its website,, from Saturday, July 2, 3 a.m. to Sunday, July 3, 8 a.m. Eastern time.

University at Buffalo mobile program to expand dental access in rural New York

A mobile dental program received $371,000 — a 50 percent increase in state funding, enabling it to expand to three counties and double access to care for underserved children in rural areas, the University at Buffalo announced in June.

Philadelphia pediatrician highlights childhood caries as 'silent epidemic'

A Philadelphia pediatrician said he wants dental professionals to know that many pediatricians are becoming more aware of the need to ensure that all children have a dental home — and that families are educated about caring for their child's primary teeth.

Emergency disaster relief available from ADA Foundation

Dentists suffering a disaster as a result of flooding in West Virginia can seek immediate aid to cover personal expenses from the ADA Foundation.

Technical report on dental forensic analysis available for review

Forensic odontologists and other dental professionals responsible for or interested in identification of unknown individuals by comparative dental analysis using antemortem and postmortem data can comment on a draft technical report that the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics approved for circulation and review earlier this year.

Dental groups to amass in Denver for ADA 2016

The world of dentistry will come together at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting as more than 150 dental groups will host some 300 events during the annual meeting, including alumni get-togethers, affiliate group conferences, district meetings and special events.

Fluoridation spotlighted in vote, video and resources

When about 25 people gathered in June at the annual town meeting here, one question on the town warrant was whether to continue community water fluoridation in this town of about 2,200. After the vote, 23 wanted to keep fluoridation and only two wanted it gone, according to the Maine Dental Association.

ADA Foundation opens registration for childhood caries symposium

The ADA Foundation will host a symposium Aug. 17-19 on childhood caries at the New York University College of Dentistry.

ADA Foundation seeking 'GKAS spokeskids'

The ADA Foundation is asking dental professionals involved in past Give Kids A Smile programs to help locate children who have been helped by the program and who are willing to be profiled in upcoming GKAS communications.

Infographic: Hispanic millennial moms open up about their children's oral care

As part of Oral Health Month, Colgate released an infographic about Hispanic millennial moms and their family's oral care based on a recent survey.

Brief on precision medicine and health literacy available

Dental professionals with an interest in genomics and precision medicine can download at no cost a brief summarizing a March workshop that the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine convened.

Navigate third-party payer issues better with new webpage

A new webpage on dedicated to third-party payer advocacy is a one-stop-shop for members looking for resources on plan participation, legislative matters and how the Association can help members navigate various dental benefit issues.

University of the Pacific names new dental school dean

The University of the Pacific announced June 15 it named Dr. Nader Nadershahi as dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Water professionals recognize value of fluoridation

Calling water fluoridation "one of the most efficient, effective and economical public health measures ever undertaken," the American Water Works Association in June at its annual conference honored the City of Grand Rapids Water System.

CDC hosts June 22 opioids webinar; CE available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a webinar series that addresses the agency's new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications.

Industry Watch: "Best of Class" Technology Award gets new sponsor

Cellerant Consulting Group will sponsor the "Best of Class" Technology Award this year, transitioning from the Pride Institute.

Industry Watch: Henry Schein executive given lifetime leadership award

The New York State Dental Foundation announced June 4 that Steven W. Kess, vice president of global professional relations and president of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, received the Lifetime Leadership Award.

Industry Watch: Ivoclar Vivadent donates over 1,000 meals to New York food bank

For the second consecutive year, Ivoclar Vivadent collaborated with the Food Bank of Western NY in Buffalo for the Food Drive Challenge 2016.

Industry Watch: Patterson commended for women in corporate leadership roles

Patterson Companies announced April 18 that it was placed on the Honor Roll for the 2015 Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership.

July JADA takes a look at opioids, dentists

To what extent should providers and patients examine their reliance on Vicodin to manage postoperative pain?

Just the Facts - June 20

Tooth loss with age

Leadership, communication among skills dentist learned in dental practice management program

After being in practice for 30 years, Dr. Fred Oppel will be the first to tell you his leadership and business skills could use some refreshing.

Snapshots of American Dentistry - June 20

Enrollees and graduates of advanced dental education programs

South Carolina dental school names interim dean

The Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine, announced this month that Dr. Patricia L. Blanton will serve as interim dean beginning July 1, following the retirement of Dr. John Sanders.

Stericycle contracts: Read the fine print

A 250 percent increase in price over seven years would probably prompt any business owner to do some investigating.

ADA thanks Rep. Noem for bill to expand tribal health care

A new bill seeking to expand provider access to individuals living on Indian Reservations has the support of the ADA.

Indian Health Services receives $186 million for 2017

The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation June 15 that includes $186 million for the Indian Health Service's Division of Oral Health for fiscal year 2017.

Advocacy and third party issues webinar

Learn what the ADA is doing to help dentists navigate dental benefit plans in an upcoming webinar.

Dentists: Be wary of phishing scams

The State Bar of Michigan emailed its members June 9, warning lawyers of a new phishing attack targeting bar associations around the country.

OCR issues warning on third-party apps

The U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has issued a warning on the risks of using third-party application software by entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Senate passes 2017 Defense Act

The Senate has approved an amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that protects and keeps medical and dental research in the Department of Defense.

Sulfate-free toothpaste earns ADA Seal of Acceptance

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has awarded the ADA Seal of Acceptance to CloSYS Sulfate-Free Toothpaste.

World’s first dental school graduates its first black summa cum laude recipient

Known as the first dental school in the world, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, made more history.

All Michigan kids get dental coverage after legislature's budget move

More children in Michigan will receive dental coverage after the legislature in June approved an expansion of the state's Healthy Kids Dental Program.

HVO recruiting dentists for Haiti project

Health Volunteers Overseas is seeking volunteers to help Haiti's only dental school – the Faculté d'Odontologie in Port-au-Prince - by supporting the school's mission to graduate dentists who are able to work independently to serve the Haitian population.

University dental team uses their artistic sides to help kids get dental care

Some creative dental students and faculty at the University of Louisville are giving pediatric patients in their community a hand — in more ways than one.

ADA develops new dental standards on teeth whitening, other topics

A new resource is available for dental professionals who whiten patients' teeth.

ADA notches key wins in federal funding for 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved bipartisan legislation June 9 that would provide increased funding to many of the Association's key advocacy issues affecting oral and overall health.

Nominations due Aug. 1 for EBD faculty and practice awards

Nominations are due Aug. 1 for three awards that honor dental school faculty and practitioners who have made significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry.

Rep. Marchant voices support, urges lawmakers to pass H.R. 4062

U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, continues to urge lawmakers to pass H.R. 4062, which calls for removing the mandate that Part D prescribing health care providers be enrolled in Medicare in order for pharmacists to be reimbursed.

ADA, Wonderbox create comprehensive credentialing website

In collaboration with Wonderbox Technologies, the ADA announced June 8, the creation of a new, centralized dental credentialing database, which was developed in an effort to help simplify the credentialing process and reduce administrative burdens for dentists.

Groundbreaking HPI report details state of oral health in U.S.

Low-income adults are 10 times more likely to rate the overall condition of their mouths as "poor," and a third of American adults consider their oral health "fair or poor," according to a new report from the ADA Health Policy Institute.

Register for webinar on peer review

The ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs is offering a 1.5 hour webinar "Peer Review 101: A Review of the Fundamentals, Structure & Best Practices" on June 28 at 1 p.m. Central time.

ADA sponsoring contest to entice registrants for ADA 2016

Do you want to register for ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting but haven’t done so yet?

Just the Facts - June 6

Revenue from tuition and fees

Members can access technical reports at no cost

Internet security, digital imaging and electronic health records are all subjects of ADA technical reports, and are available for download at no cost to members.

Snapshots of American Dentistry - June 6

Large dental office employees

Emeritus scientist develops novel dosimeter through enamel research

Dr. Larry Chow has been granted five patents and has written 11 articles for scientific publications in the last three years.

ADA, others ask Senate to fund military dental research

The ADA, along with 129 other health care professional groups, is asking the Senate to strike language from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

June JADA explores oral contraceptive use and tobacco use in relation to alveolar osteitis

Smoking tobacco and using oral contraceptives are high-ranking risk factors for the occurrence of alveolar osteitis.

California Dental Association wins award for membership gains

About 160 state and local dental society volunteers and staff members dedicated to growing membership attended the annual conference.

JAMA article: Cannabis use associated with periodontal disease

People who use cannabis for up to 20 years may be more likely to have periodontal disease, according to research published in June in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry.

Having dental insurance doesn’t mean it’s used

More than one third of adults with private dental benefits didn’t file a dental claim in 2013, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute.

Application period open for Dr. Ray Bowen Research Award

The ADA Foundation will begin accepting applications June 3 for the Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award, with the deadline Dec. 1.

Communities favor water fluoridation

Dentists play a role in educating the public on its safety, efficacy

Haitian dental library nears goal thanks to ADA dentists

With the help of ADA member dentists, a fundraiser to purchase new textbooks for the The Faculté d’Odontologie at the Université d’Etat d’Haiti library is only $300 short of its $3,000 goal as of May 25.

If he builds it, they will come

California dentist constructs dental clinic in Philippines for underserved

Infection control courses available from CMS

Three new courses from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aim to teach health care professionals about infection control and injection safety.

June 17 is deadline for leadership awards

The ADA Foundation has extended the nomination deadline for the Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award and the Henry Schein Cares Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award.

Masters of clinical and business

New ADA resource offers tips on managing finances

First female majority class graduates from Case Western

Founded in 1892, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine has held its share of commencement ceremonies. However, its most recent one made school history.

High schoolers score success with science fair projects on oral health

Three high school students won ADA Foundation-sponsored Special Awards May 12 at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

ODC urges committee to increase the annual Flexible Spending Account cap

In a time when out-of-pocket costs for health care “have never been higher,” the Organized Dentistry Coalition is urging the House Ways and Means Subcommittee to increase the annual flexible spending account cap.

Online course covers dentistry, diabetes

To help other dentists understand the signs, symptoms, risk factors and systematic complications of diabetes, CAPIR has developed an online course, "Diabetes Mellitus and the Dental Professional."

Affordable Care Act Information Returns webinar available

The Internal Revenue Service has posted a webinar for health coverage providers and employers about the process for identifying and reporting errors on Affordable Care Act Information Returns.

Community Dental Health Coordinator honored for helping kids get dental care

Lisa Flatt knows her work has meaning, but perhaps not more so than when she meets children in a clinic or facility who have never had their own toothbrush.

ADA praises FDA for including added sugars in updated nutrition labels

The Food and Drug Administration announced May 20 that it has finalized new requirements for Nutrition Facts labels, which for the first time emphasize the amount of added sugars in packaged foods.

Register for 2016 Management Conference Week

Local, state and national dental society executives seeking to connect and collaborate with their peers can register for the 2016 Management Conference from June 1 to July 9.

UCLA dental school names new dean

The University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry announced May 18 it named Dr. Paul Krebsbach, a researcher in tissue engineering and stem cell biology, as its new dean, effective June 30.

Salary threshold guaranteeing overtime pay doubled

The U.S. Department of Labor finalized a rule that expands the number of full-time workers eligible for overtime pay.

ATSU Missouri dental school names new dean

A.T. Still University announced May 13 it named Dr. Dwight E. McLeod as the new dean of its Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, effective July 18.

ADA, Colgate team up for Oral Health Month

In an effort to encourage lifetimes and generations of healthy smiles in Hispanic communities, the ADA is teaming up with Colgate this June to celebrate Oral Health Month: Share More Time, Share More Smiles, an annual campaign to educate Hispanic families about the importance of proper oral care.

ADA develops guide for reporting new scaling code

The ADA, with support from other dental organizations and third-party payers, has developed guidance on implementing a new scaling code that fills a gap in the continuum of care for patients with gingival disease and no attachment loss.

Got the best available evidence in mind?

Dr. Parthasarathy Madurantakam's students at Virginia Commonwealth University know exactly what the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry's website offers.

Just the Facts - May 16

Stand-alone dental plans

Nominate EBD leaders for faculty and practice awards

Nominations are open now until Aug. 1 for three awards that honor dental school faculty and practitioners who have made significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry.

Orthopedic clinic pays $750,000 to settle HIPAA charges

A North Carolina orthopedic clinic has agreed to pay $750,000 to the federal government to settle charges that the clinic potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 2013 by giving patient information to a potential business partner without an agreement.

Survey: More pregnant women in U.S. visiting a dentist

The number of pregnant women in the U.S. going to the dentist has increased 5.5 percent over the last year, according to survey data released in May from Delta Dental Plans Association.

When sending emails, PBHS provides security, simplicity

As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Ali Alijanian shares a great deal of private patient information back and forth between his office and referring dentists.

House bill calls for task force to combat opioid epidemic

The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation that will establish an interagency task force to provide updated guidance for doctors on prescribing opioid painkillers.

ADA tells Sen. Durbin dentists have improved opioid prescribing record

The ADA challenged a letter and press release from Sen. Richard Durbin claiming that dentists have not done enough to prevent the widespread abuse of opioid pain medications.

ADA Foundation supports nonprofits fostering oral health education

In April, the ADA Foundation awarded 13 grants to nonprofits whose charitable work is in alignment with the Foundation's mission pillar of improving the public's oral health through education.

ADA supports National Recovery Month

In its continuing efforts to help halt the overuse and abuse of opioid painkillers, the Association is once again supporting National Recovery Month.

Dental conference, fly fishing in Montana July 7-9

The 2016 Montana Fly Fishing Dental Conference July 7-9 here will feature Dr. Conrad Sack speaking on "Treating Developing Dentition.'

New Oklahoma law requires insurance transparency

Thanks to advocacy efforts by the Oklahoma Dental Association, a new Oklahoma law now requires insurance companies to be more transparent when dealing with third party networks.

ADA asks Delta Dental to reject proposed disallow policy

The ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs wants Delta Dental to reject a proposed policy that would automatically disallow claims where more than two quadrants of scaling and root planing were performed on the same date of service.

Calling all those interested in dental informatics: Come to October standards meeting

Dental professionals interested in dental informatics, electronic health records, practice management systems, digital imaging and secure exchange of imaging and data are invited to the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics meeting Oct. 17-19, immediately preceding ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Endowed fellowship supports women researchers

A fellowship that supports women researchers has become the first endowed American Association of Dental Research fellowship, and the application period is open, the AADR announced in May.

Florida dual degree student named 2016-17 Quigley fellow

If KyuLim Lee's passion for dentistry and research isn't evident enough in her academic pursuits — she's enrolled in a DMD/Ph.D. dual degree program — then consider the recognition her research has earned.

On your mark, get set, and go to Denver for ADA 2016

Registration is open for ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting and the New Dentist Conference, both in October in the Mile High City.

Sports dentistry conference offers trauma training

Dental professionals can earn continuing education credits June 23-25 at the Academy for Sports Dentistry's 34th Annual Symposium, Sports Dentistry for Today's Athletes.

University at Buffalo dental school names new dean

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine announced it appointed Dr. Joseph J. Zambon, as dean, effective May 9.

Standards pioneer, ADA volunteer dies

Dr. Mark Diehl, a longtime ADA volunteer credited as a pioneer of dental informatics, died April 18 after an illness. He was 70.

ADAF grant program rewards those who provide access to care, dental homes

The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for its Semi-annual Grants Program: Access to Care.

ADA members campaign for Congress

Two Association member dentists are running for Congress with support from the American Dental Political Action Committee.

FDA issues final rule on all tobacco products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration May 5 issued a final rule on tobacco products, expanding the agency's authority to regulate all tobacco — including e-cigarettes, hookah and cigars.

Grassroots award winners announced at Washington Leadership Conference

Dr. Bruce Hutchison, ADPAC committee chair, presented grassroots advocate awards May 3 at the annual Washington Leadership Conference.

New video shines spotlight on Ethics Code’s 150th anniversary

As part of the 150th Anniversary of the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Conduct, the Association has created a video that brings awareness to members about the value of the ADA Code of Ethics from their patients’ perspective.

University of Chicago seeks applicants for dentistry-focused social science Ph.D. program

The University of Chicago is accepting applications through Dec. 1 from dentists and dental students interested in earning a Ph.D. from a social science program.

'Advocacy is one of the ADA's most important duties'

They came from every state, including the nation's capital, and shared a common goal: advocating for dentistry.

Donation fuels research of oral device to treat effects of Tourette's

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is studying a new oral device intended to treat the effects of Tourette syndrome thanks in part to a donation from a New York City radio show host.

Anthem polls employers on integrated health care

ADA leaders discuss dental coverage as ancillary benefit

Amalgam separator rule delayed until December

The Environmental Protection Agency has told the ADA that it will delay releasing a final amalgam separator rule until December.

CE available for webinars on tobacco

The ADA is offering two webinar opportunities for continuing education about tobacco.

Drinking Water Week highlights invaluable resource

The vital role tap water plays in daily life is highlighted May 1-7 during American Water Works Association's Drinking Water Week.

Hazard communications updates due June 1

Employers have until June 1 to update their written hazard communication programs and any alternative workplace labeling as well as provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.

Keeping in sync at ADA annual meeting

Drs. John Mott and James Maslowski are partners in a practice in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and they both attended ADA 2015 – America’s Dental Meeting in Washington, D.C.

ADA takes lead in alerting members to CDT 2016 issue

A small percentage of flash drives included with the 2016 CDT manual were found to have malware, and the ADA took steps several weeks ago to notify all customers of the potential problem.

May JADA looks at why dental prescribing of antibiotics is increasing

Many practitioners can find opportunities to prescribe antibiotics less often and for shorter durations when they review their prescribing methods and ensure they are compliant with guidelines.

Registration opens May 2 for Penn online course on introduction to dental medicine

The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is hosting an open online course to help health professionals in fields outside dental medicine and those contemplating a career in dentistry better understand the oral cavity and its role on a person's overall health.

EPA pushes final ruling on amalgam separators to December

The Environmental Protection Agency has told the ADA that it will delay releasing a final amalgam separator rule until December. The agency previously announced it would release the rule in June.

Recall issued for Sensorcaine

Fresenius Kabi has voluntarily recalled one lot of bupivacaine HCl (Sensorcaine-MPF) injection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced April 26 through its MedWatch safety alert system.

ADA: Exempt dentists from proposed Medicare Part A, B rule

The Association filed comments April 25 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urging regulators to exempt dentists from the proposed rule that would require health care providers who order, certify, refer or prescribe any Part A or Part B service to be enrolled in Medicare or opt out.

ADA praises Older Americans Reauthorization Act

President Obama signed into law the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016, which for the first time specifically references oral health.

ADA, ADAF scientists' innovative research presented at AADR

Researchers with the ADA Science Institute and the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center showcased abstracts and other work March 16-19 during the American Association for Dental Research/Canadian Association for Dental Research Annual Meeting and Exhibition.

Council solicits testimony on guidelines for sedation, anesthesia

The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure and its Committee on Anesthesiology hosted an April 20 hearing for members at ADA Headquarters on proposed revisions to the sedation and anesthesia guidelines.

Oral health groups honor fluoridation leaders, communities

Recognizing the important health benefits and safety of community water fluoridation, the ADA, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention honored leaders, states and community water suppliers at the National Oral Health Conference April 17.

ADA supports April 30 Drug Take Back Day

For the fifth year in a row, the Association has signed on to support the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, a yearly campaign that asks consumers to turn over their unused prescriptions for safe disposal.

Check your 2015 Open Payments data

Dentists have until May 15 to review and, if necessary, dispute reports from manufacturers and group purchasing organizations concerning 2015 payments and transfers of value before the information is posted publically June 30 on the Open Payments website.

Dr. David Whiston awards celebrate young leaders

The ADA Foundation is now accepting nominations for two awards that recognize leadership potential in young dentists and dental students.

Hospital reaches $2.2 million settlement for unauthorized filming of patients

A New York hospital agreed to pay $2.2 million for disclosing patients’ protected health information by allowing a television crew to film patients without their permission.

Nova Southeastern’s Pediatric Dentistry Club lauded for GKAS efforts

The ADA Foundation honored Nova Southeastern University by inviting it to serve as the national kickoff location for hundreds of Give Kids A Smile events across the country in February.

Are you drinking fluoridated tap water yet? Colorado coalition wants to know

If chronic plastic bottled water drinkers learn about the health and safety of their tap water, will they drink it?

CDA Cares donates $1.5 million in charitable dentistry

More than 1,400 volunteers donated their time and services at the California Dental Association Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares.

Smokeless tobacco campaign expanded

The Food and Drug Administration announced April 19 that it is expanding "The Real Cost" smokeless tobacco campaign to include messages on nicotine addiction, gum disease, tooth loss and cancer.

First dental school in New York in 50 years to open this fall

Touro College and University System announced April 19 it is set to open a new dental school — the first in the state in 50 years.

Florida city brings fluoridation back

This municipality will reinstate community water fluoridation following a unanimous city council vote.

'Military service gives me a sense of purpose'

Long before he joined the United States Army and became a dentist, Maj. Philip Estes was service minded.

ADA Foundation’s semi-annual grants spread smiles

In November, the ADA Foundation awarded 11 organizations across the country grants of up to $10,000, for a total of $108,376.

Detecting dental history

Archivist investigates while going digital

Dentists helping dentists

Peer review a member benefit that helps preserve doctor/patient relationship

For Afghan-American dentist, Veterans' Smile Day is personal

Dr. Danishwar is giving thanks by volunteering in the past two Veterans Smile Day events, held annually around Veterans Day, to provide free to low-cost dental services to former military servicemen and women.

HIPAA audit cheat sheet available

An online cheat sheet is available on what the federal government will look for and require during its HIPAA compliance audits.

It was a very busy 2015

The ADA, together with state and local associations, had a busy 2015

Just the Facts - April 18

Cost of dental school

Navigate Medicare through three free online courses

A three-part web series aims to help dentists and other health care providers navigate the Medicare program.

Application deadline is May 13 for the GKAS Institute

Are you looking to take your local Give Kids A Smile event to the next level, as well as to become a resource for other GKAS organizers as they work to elevate their own programs?

Health equity focus of National Minority Health Month

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health has designated April as National Minority Health Month.

Health Policy Institute looks at large group dental practices

The ADA Health Policy Institute released a research brief April 15 that finds large group dental practices account for a slightly higher share of the total number of dental practice employees, up from 0.5 percent in 1992 to 3.9 percent in 2012.

ND dentist named board chair of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) announced in March that Dr. John Hamilton, of Williston, N.D., is its new board chair.

Nonprofit recruiting dental volunteers for St. Lucia mission to provide needed care

The ADA Foundation is helping to get the word out about Great Shape!, a California-based nonprofit seeking dental volunteers to serve the underserved in St. Lucia this summer.

Winners of ADA 2016 ‘#whyiattend’ contest announced

The Association on April 12 revealed the three winners of its contest tied to ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting.

ADA asks agency to exempt dentists from proposed rule regarding confidentiality

The ADA filed comments April 11 in response to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's proposed rule to expand federal regulations regarding the confidentiality of patient records associated with substance abuse.

ADA urges lawmakers to reexamine McCarran-Ferguson

The ADA submitted written testimony April 12 to the Senate Judiciary subcommittee urging committee members to reexamine the antitrust exemption.

Dental plans offering enhanced benefits to bolster oral and overall health

More third-party payers are designing benefit plans that connect a person’s oral health to the rest of his or her body.

NASHP Medicaid webinar set for April 29

The National Academy for State Health Policy, an independent academy of state health policymakers, will host a webinar April 29 featuring policymakers from three states that administer Medicaid benefits through managed care contracts that include both medical and dental services.

'She's like Wonder Woman'

After Harvard, ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership graduate seeks to expand work in public health, mentorship

ADA, ASDA want Congress to support dental student borrowers

In an effort to improve the borrowing rate on dental student loans, the Association has joined forces with the American Student Dental Association and endorsed H.R. 4223, the Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt Act.

Dentists asked to review Straumann implant cases to help identify deceased woman

A coroner's office in Ohio is hoping dentists can help identify a deceased woman through her dental implants manufactured by Straumann Dental.

Group highlights dental role in reporting abuse

What do you do if a child's parent in your office smells strongly of alcohol? Or if you suspect the young girl brought to your office for veneers could be a victim of trafficking?

June 30 deadline for Ross Award nominations

The ADA is accepting nominations for the 2016 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.

Water fluoridation set to return in Israel

Fluoridation is expected to resume in the coming months throughout Israel after a parliamentary committee approved the Minister of Health's action, according to Dr. Shlomo Zusman, director of dental health at the Israeli Ministry of Health.

Georgia Dental Association launches oral health awareness campaign

The Georgia Dental Association launched this month a campaign to help educate residents about the importance of good oral health and to motivate them to see their dentist regularly for better overall health.

FDI World Dental Congress early registration ends May 31

Early registration discounts for the 104th FDI World Dental Congress in Poznań, Poland, are available through May 31.

Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reaches Medicaid settlement

The Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics announced April 5 that they've reached a settlement with Florida's Medicaid program to improve children's access to dental and medical.

Schweitzer Fellow project highlights veterans' dental care needs

Inspired by the interaction with a patient who had served in the Vietnam War, Nisha Garg, a dental student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, began working to help address the oral health care barriers facing veterans today.

ADA Foundation sends scores of scholarships to students

To Andrew Richter, winning a Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship from the ADA Foundation is more than just a monetary award. Mr. Richter is one of more than 50 dental students being honored by the Foundation with scholarships.

Course aims to make Medicaid easier

The Association wants to make navigating Medicaid easier for providers, which is why the ADA is hosting several Medicaid boot camps in 2016.

Research institute agrees to $3.9 million HIPAA settlement

A biomedical research institute has agreed to pay a $3.9 million settlement to the federal government after an investigation determined that a stolen laptop contained the electronic protected health information of approximately 13,000 patients and research participants.

ADA Business Resources-endorsed DDS Safe helps dentists secure patient data

The DDS Safe team provides a three-layer protection system that backs up all patient data online, to a workstation and on an in-office drive — ensuring patient records are not lost after disasters such as floods and fires, according to ADA Business Resources.

Just the Facts - April 4

By 2015, the percentage of female dentists working in dentistry was 29 percent, up from 20 percent in 2005.

Snapshots of American Dentistry - April 4

Dentists working in dentistry

What’s in your water? Check annual water reports now

Water suppliers nationwide are required to make available annual Water Quality Reports or Consumer Confidence Reports.

Free content from the Journal of Prosthodontics until April 30

To mark National Prosthodontics Awareness week, April 3-9, the Journal of Prosthodontics is offering access to select peer-reviewed research at no cost through 2016. Access is available now.

NHL team dentist champions mouthguards

Dr. Thomas Long, a lifelong ice hockey player, didn't rise to the ranks of the National Hockey League as an athlete, but he still contributes to professional hockey players' success because he's a dentist.

ADA calls for increased licensure portability

This is the second in a series of articles on licensure reform, a debate occurring in various states as students, educators and dental leaders seek alternatives and/or changes to the licensure process.

Fluoridation flourishes, new CDC stats say

Nearly 74.7 percent of the U.S. population on community water supplies — or about 214.2 million people — received the benefit of fluoridated water in 2014, according to statistics released March 25 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Virginia Dental Association takes oral cancer awareness to the street — literally

If patients could get oral cancer screenings in two minutes at the mall or on their way to a concert, would it make a difference for patient wellbeing? It's a question Virginia Dental Association members are attempting to answer with their ongoing "Where's the Chair?" campaign.

CDC issues summary of infection control guidelines

Dentists can access resources designed to help them follow infection prevention guidelines thanks to new materials released March 29 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Power of Three initiative for cohesive online brand unveils 50th website

An initiative to help local, state and national dental societies achieve a more cohesive online brand reached a milestone March 28 with the launch of its 50th website.

150th anniversary of ADA Code of Ethics celebrated in Wisconsin, U.S.

Did you know that the Association’s Code of Ethics is 150 years old this year?

Center for Professional Success offers new features

The ADA Center for Professional Success is continuously adding new content, tools, and resources to help dentists succeed in their practices.

Looking for increased speed, torque, power?

Hoping to help dentists find the right tools, a team of ADA researchers invented an apparatus to measure the power output of air turbine handpieces.

Webinar looks at HPV link to cancer

ADA members can earn one hour of CE at no cost by attending a live webinar May 5.

April JADA explores pilocarpine and xerostomia

Pilocarpine offers statistically significant clinical benefits for the symptomatic relief of radiation-induced xerostomia in patients with head and neck cancer, according to research published in the April issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

ADA president visits Capitol Hill

When members express their ADA pride to President Carol Gomez Summerhays, one of the first things they praise is the Association's advocacy work.

HIPAA audits may come for dentists

The federal government has begun auditing some health care providers, including dental practices, to ensure they are complying with patient privacy laws and health care information security laws.

Utah names new dental school dean

The University of Utah School of Dentistry announced that Dr. Wyatt Rory Hume will become dean.

ADA, optometric association encourage federal legislation to eliminate noncovered services

The ADA and American Optometric Association are working together to get Congress to pass federal legislation eliminating insurance companies' practice of setting prices on procedures not compensated by plans.

CDC offers new recommendations for opioids

In response to the government's increased focus on the opioid epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention March 15 unveiled new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications.

FDA proposes ban on powdered gloves, invites public comment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration March 21 announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the U.S.

FDA to require boxed warnings on opioid medications

As part of the government's commitment to ending the U.S. opioid epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration announced March 22 major label changes for all prescription opioid products, including new boxed warnings about the serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death.

Massachusetts law sets limit on opioid prescriptions

On March 14, Massachusetts became the first state to establish a seven-day limit on first-time opioid prescriptions.

Henry Schein named one of world’s most ethical companies

The Ethisphere Institute, a business that analyzes data to measure corporate ethics standards, recognized Henry Schein, Inc. March 7 as a 2016 world’s most ethical company.

Just the Facts - March 21

Dental school enrollment

Not so isolated: Company supports dentists in rural settings

There are larger cities in Nebraska like Omaha or Lincoln and Des Moines and Sioux City in Iowa but otherwise, you'll see a lot more corn than you will dentists.

Patterson merits award; its foundation notes milestone

Patterson Companies received the BOLD Award from the Association for Corporate Growth on March 4 for increasing its business scope and recalibrating corporate strategy.

Pulpdent donates fluoride varnish to aid children in Guatemala

Pulpdent Corporation announced it will be working with Mil Milagros, a nonprofit organization focused on improving child health in Guatemala, by donating Embrace Fluoride Varnish for the local Guatemalan public schools.

Snapshots of American Dentistry - March 21

Emergency department visits among children covered by Medicaid

Give Kids A Smile primer

Give Kids A Smile is a national movement through which free oral health services are provided by approximately 10,000 volunteer dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.

GKAS Institute ambassador success stories span the U.S.

When Tracy Ginder walks into dental offices across Cabarrus County in central North Carolina, she’s often greeted with a wave of hellos and familiar smiles.

Endodontists highlight technology for Root Canal Awareness Week

Root Canal Awareness Week’s 10th anniversary, observed March 27-April 2.

Abstracts due for PAHO international conference on health systems research

The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization is reminding health system policy makers, scholars and researchers in its member countries to submit abstracts for this year's fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.

Code Maintenance Committee approves new scaling code

The Code Maintenance Committee approved a new scaling code that fills a gap in the continuum of care for patients with gingival disease and no attachment loss.

Committee adds 11 new codes to CDT

The Code Maintenance Committee approved 11 new codes at its March meeting. Code numbers will be assigned in CDT 2017.

NIDCR awards $2 million in e-cigarette research grants

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research announced March 10 it has awarded more than $2 million in first-year funding to seven research grants centered on studying the effects of electronic cigarettes on oral and craniofacial tissues.

ADA, others ask Congress to reinstate chief dental officer

The Association, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, American Dental Education Association and American Association for Dental Research, is asking Congress to reinstate the chief dental officer position within the Health Resources and Services Administration.

First nutrition roadmap crosses health disciplines

The nation's first Nutrition Research Roadmap, released March 4 by the Interagency Committee on Human Nutrition Research, identifies that as well as several other key areas for research from 2016-20.

Fort Smith flips the switch on fluoridation

For the first time, people in this western Arkansas city and nearby communities served by its water system will, starting in March, enjoy the benefits of community water fluoridation.

Dental manufacturers group honors FDI president-elect, Iowa dentist

International Dental Manufacturers, a worldwide dental trade organization, presented the first IDM Global Oral Health Progress Award to FDI President-elect Dr. Kathy Kell, an Iowa dentist and ADA trustee from 2004-08.

Senate passes opioids bill, 94-1

The Senate on March 10 passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, 94-1.

Volpe Research Center postdocs pursuing improved dental composites

Two postdoctoral researchers with strong international research backgrounds are working with the team at the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center on cutting-edge explorations that may bring new materials and tools into dental practice in the near future.

ADA Foundation’s semi-annual grants spread smiles

Once front-office workers at the Northern Dental Care heard that they received the grant, they got excited and knew what they had to do immediately.

Fishing trip snowballs into Belize Mission Project

The Belize Mission Project began with a fishing trip.

Keeping in sync at ADA annual meeting

Drs. John Mott and James Maslowski are partners in a practice in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and they both attended ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Volunteers sought to evaluate water monitoring devices

The ADA seeks input from dental offices regarding the use of three different, commercially available water monitoring devices.

Arginine research merits ADAF Dr. Bowen award

"Winning the ADA Foundation's Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award changed my life," said Andres Alvarez, a second-year student at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

Dentists get CE at correctional health care meeting

Dentists for the first time can receive continuing education credits from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care at its April 9-12 Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care.

Heads up March 6-12 for water well users and their dentists

March 6-12, National Groundwater Awareness Week, is an appropriate time for dentists to remind their patients who use private wells as the source of their drinking water to get their wells checked.

Vermont city favors fluoridation

Voters overwhelmingly came out in favor for continued water fluoridation March 1 in this town of about 16,500.

Alabama educator earns investigator award

Asked about his future plans, Dr. Nathaniel Lawson talks about one of his passions: presenting research in a way that makes it exciting and relevant to practicing clinicians.

Campaign reports national increase in kids’ brushing

More English- and Spanish-speaking parents reported that their children are brushing for two minutes, twice a day, according to a March report from the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Health Lives.

Certificate for International Volunteer Service application deadline July 1

Applications are due July 1 for the Certificate for International Volunteer Service. The certificate program recognizes ADA members who have volunteered in developing countries to improve the oral and overall health of individuals.

Chicago Dental Society honors three dentists at CDS Midwinter Meeting

The Chicago Dental Society honored three dentists at its CDS Midwinter Meeting in February for their contributions to the profession and raising public awareness on oral health.

Just The Facts - March 7

Patients covered by public assistance.

Medical legal group announces new president

The American College of Legal Medicine, a professional society that addresses issues regarding the law and health professions, inducted Dr. Daniel L. Orr II as president at its annual meeting in February.

South Carolina referral program a 'win-win-win'

When people here with a toothache go to a Palmetto Health emergency department seeking care, they often walk away with more than temporary pain relief: a referral to a dentist.

Update: CMS delays Medicare enforcement until Feb. 1, 2017

The federal government once again delayed the deadline for dentists who prescribe Part D covered drugs to Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in the program or opt out.

ADA ‘concerned’ tobacco companies introducing products without proper review

The ADA and 35 other health organizations have asked the Food and Drug Administration to be more diligent about requiring tobacco companies to obtain approval before introducing new tobacco products to market.

Dentists can help patients 'savor the flavor' of healthy eating

The sippy cups full of juice that frequently come with the preschool-aged patients Dr. Rocky Napier, a pediatric dentist in Aiken, South Carolina, sees every week are among the reasons he makes nutrition counseling with kids and families one of his office's top priorities.

Applications for ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership for 2016-17 program due May 2

The American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership is accepting applications through May 2 for its 2016-17 class.

Register for National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Registration is open for the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit here March 28-31.

ADA asks lawmakers to help combat prescription opioid abuse

As part of its efforts to reduce prescription opioid abuse, the Association is urging lawmakers to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.

Harris grants application deadline April 8

The application deadline for the 2016 ADA Foundation’s Samuel Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health grant program is April 8.

HIPAA clarification allows patients to receive health information through unsecure email

The federal government clarified that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that requires covered dentists to use unsecure email to send information to a patient as long as the patient requested it be sent that way.

Oklahoma Mission of Mercy event breaks its own record

This year’s Oklahoma Mission of Mission event provided more than $1.7 million in donated dental care, a record, surpassing last year’s total of $1.5 million.

Can two combs explain genomics? Watch JADA video to see how

How will genomics enhance patient care in the future? What initiatives should ADA consider supporting in the emerging discipline of genomics in dentistry?

‘Complete dentist’ Dr. Peter E. Dawson recipient of ADA Distinguished Service Award

The ADA Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Peter E. Dawson will receive the ADA Distinguished Service Award at ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting this October in Denver.

New dentist Web portal launched

The ADA launched this month a new Web portal,, designed to provide a one-stop shop for new dentists seeking information.

Brochures revised to help patients and dentists

The Association has revised two best-selling patient education brochures that are available from the ADA Catalog.

It’s a family affair at ADA annual meetings

When dentist Dr. Maria Burmaster thinks about the ADA’s annual meetings, she thinks about family.

March JADA: Noncitizens in the U.S. forgoing dental care

Noncitizens and naturalized citizens in the U.S. had a lower rate of dental service use and are more likely to have had tooth extraction when compared with U.S.-born citizens in a study published in the March issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Where do higher periodontitis rates prevail?

CDC identifies top 10 states in study

Progress in Haiti

Health Volunteers Overseas seeing successes, challenges

Coalition urges support for bill removing requirement for Part D prescribers to enroll in Medicare

To increase support for legislation that calls for removing the mandate that Part D prescribing health care providers be enrolled in Medicare, Organized Dentistry Coalition member organizations are urging lawmakers to sign on as cosigners to H.R. 4062.

Malala Yousafzai to speak at ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting

The ADA Distinguished Speaker Series will feature 19-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai at ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting in Denver this October.

Earn CE, learn to navigate latest research at symposium

Clinicians have the opportunity to earn up to 6.75 hours of CE credit March 18 at an ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry symposium.

International Medical Relief seeking volunteer dentists

International Medical Relief, founded in 2002, provides medical, dental and surgical care to underserved and vulnerable people around the world through medical mission trips. In that time, it has helped thousands of patients — but to continue its efforts it could use a little help.

Study: More decay in town with discontinued fluoridation

Children who lived in a Canadian city that discontinued water fluoridation experienced more tooth decay than children who lived in a continuously fluoridated community, according to a study published in February in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.

Wending the Web: New software boosts search success

The ADA Feb. 8 added a new search software on its websites to enhance onsite search experience and help each visitor receive relevant search results that lead to informative Web content.

Optimal oral health for all focus of April conference

Anyone interested in improving the oral health of the public is invited April 18-20 to the National Oral Health Conference here.

ADA Business Resources endorses HealthFirst for medical waste disposal service

ADA Business Resources announced in February that it has endorsed HealthFirst as provider of sharps and medical waste mailback disposal services for members.

Association thanks Congress for continued support in preserving the military ranks of chief dental officers

The Association has reached out to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, thanking them for their continued support in preserving the military ranks of chief dental officers at two stars.

ADA Foundation recognizes dental school programs serving the underserved

Los Angeles — The University of Southern California and UCLA are fierce rivals on the football field, but now both schools have reason to celebrate each other’s achievements.

ADA policy on patient use in board examinations

The ADA supports eliminating use of patients in board examinations, with the exception of the curriculum integrated format-type exam, as defined by the ADA.

American smiles

Dental practices from across the country celebrate GKAS

Applications due March 11 for Allied Dental Student Scholarships

The deadline for the ADA Foundation’s Allied Dental Student Scholarship Program is March 11.

April summit to detail smokeless tobacco dangers

Some public health advocates view smokeless tobacco as a growing threat as indoor clean air laws go into effect, and consumers may mistakenly see smokeless products as a safe alternative to cigarettes.

Council to hear proposed revisions on sedation and anesthesia guidelines

The ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure is hosting an open hearing for ADA members April 20 at ADA Headquarters on proposed revisions to the sedation and anesthesia guidelines.

Dental spending remains stagnant

Dental spending continued to be flat between 2013 and 2014, a trend that’s continued since 2008 and an indication that the dental economy has not rebounded since the Great Recession, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute.

Dentists share addiction struggles

The ADA Center for Professional Success features video testimonials from dentists who have struggled with addiction and have found their path of long-term recovery.

Honoring dental assistants

The American Dental Association wants dentists and their team members to give kudos to the dental assistants in their offices for helping make their practices successful.

Innovation highlights 2016 President-Elect’s Conference

With a focus on teamwork among dental associations in seeking innovative ways to better serve members, ADA President-elect Gary L. Roberts welcomed about 50 volunteer leaders from state dental associations and related groups to ADA Headquarters Jan. 24-26 for the 2016 President-Elect’s Conference.

Just the Facts -February 15

Dental expenditures

PBHS offers secure email

ADA Business Resources endorses PBHS Inc. as a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-secure email and collaboration system provider for Association members.

Report: Dentists can help reduce ER visits for nontraumatic dental issues

Collaboration is key to decreasing nontraumatic dental visits to the emergency department, according to a report outlining best practices for emergency department referral programs for dental conditions.

Snapshots of American Dentistry February 15

In 2015, the increase in the Consumer Price Index for dental services was 2.5 percent, up from 2.1 percent in 2014.

Spread smiles for FDI World Oral Health Day

Dental professionals from more than 70 countries will celebrate World Oral Health Day March 20.

Track scams geographically

The Better Business Bureau has launched a website so consumers can track scams that have been reported in their area.

Using patients in board exams under debate in Iowa

When it comes to finding an appropriate patient for the dental board exam, students resort to creative, but sometimes inappropriate, methods.

Webinar: Monitoring prescription drug use

An upcoming webinar will serve as a user’s guide to prescription drug monitoring programs.

Federal scholarships can help with dental debt

Dental school was always in the cards for Kyle Larsen. Not part of the dream? Graduating with a lot of debt.

Maryland pediatric practice opens its doors for GKAS

The day was Give Kids A Smile but the goal was to create an experience to last a lifetime. And that's just what Mt. Airy Children's Dental Associates did.

White House seeks $1.1 billion to combat opioid abuse, increase access to treatment

The White House announced Feb. 2 that it is seeking more than a billion dollars in federal funds to help reduce the rates of addiction, overdoses and deaths associated with prescription opioid abuse.

CDC airs new antitobacco ads

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again using its "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign to educate the public on the dangers of tobacco.

Give Kids A Smile kicks off today

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile Day, and dental professionals from coast to coast are mobilizing to provide free oral health services to 300,000 children and adolescents from underserved families.

GKAS: Spreading smiles at Nova Southeastern University

Justis and Martha are students at Fort Lauderdale High School and until Feb. 5 had never seen the care of a dentist.

Maryland pediatrics practice celebrates GKAS

This is the 14th consecutive year that the Maryland practice has participated in GKAS.

Report outlines best method to send secure health information digitally

Have you ever needed to send by email clinical findings to an endodontist for a patient experiencing acute pain?

50 leaders meet for 2016 President-Elect's Conference

About 50 presidents-elect attended the annual leadership retreat designed to facilitate in-depth discussions of critical issues facing the profession; networking and sharing ideas; and insights from leading experts.

Father-son duo tie ADA meetings to family vacations

As a child, Dr. Russell Taylor had "quite a few family vacations" that coincided with trips to ADA annual meetings because his father, Dr. Donald Taylor, was a dentist.

Henry Schein settles with FTC over complaints about software

Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc. will pay $250,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges it falsely advertised the level of encryption it provided to protect patient data, according to the federal agency.

In Cleveland, dental students spark senior smiles

More senior citizens here are receiving dental care thanks to a new Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine initiative and a renovated 38-foot van.

Just the Facts - February 1

Citizenship of first-year dental students

OSHA alerts businesses to email scam

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has learned of some businesses receiving fraudulent emails from scammers posing as the Department of Labor.

Study will determine whether electronic dental records can be used for clinical research

Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Dentistry will explore the feasibility of using electronic dental records data for clinical research.

February JADA looks at fluoride varnish treatment for carious lesions

Fluoride varnish may be an effective treatment for the reversal of incipient carious lesions in primary and permanent dentition, according to research in the February 2016 Journal of the American Dental Association.

Changes to anesthesia codes in CDT 2016 prompt questions

Changes made to anesthesia and sedation procedure codes in CDT 2016 led some members to contact the ADA with questions and concerns.

Storm relief available from ADA Foundation

Dentists experiencing a disaster as a result of Winter Storm Jonas can seek immediate aid from the ADA Foundation.

Study examines effect of periodontal treatment on health care costs

A new ADA Health Policy Institute study finds a “statistically significant association” between periodontal intervention and lower health care costs among people newly diagnosed with diabetes.

Dr. Frank C. Andolino II named 2016 ADA Humanitarian

In recognition of his more than three decades of service, which includes his establishment and continuing commitment to Kageno, Dr. Andolino has been named the 2016 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient. He will be honored during ADA 2016 — America's Dental Meeting Oct. 20-25 in Denver.

Orthodontists, dentists atop list of best jobs in U.S.

U.S. News & World Report announced Jan. 26 its list of the best jobs of 2016, and for the second year in a row, dental professionals capped the list.

Summer Scholars application deadline Feb. 19

The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for its Summer Scholars Fellowship Program, which provides undergraduate and dental school students the opportunity to participate in basic research at the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center this summer.

Texas court ruling allows non-ADA-recognized specialty dentists to advertise as ‘specialists’

Dentists who don’t practice one of the nine specialties recognized by the ADA may still advertise as “specialists” in Texas if they meet certain conditions, according to a Jan. 21 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

ADA Library & Archives adds 81 new e-books in 2016

The ADA Library & Archives added 81 new e-books available on its website in January — all are accessible remotely by ADA members. In all, the ADA Library & Archives has 159 total e-books.

ADA seeks exemption for dental offices from proposed EPA pharma rules

The Association is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to exempt dental offices from its proposed hazardous waste pharmaceuticals rules.

Arkansas considering state's first dental school

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences voted Jan. 15 to authorize a feasibility study on opening a dental school — the first in the state.

Oral cancer forum to focus on prevention

Clinicians, scientists, epidemiologists, activists and public health experts are invited to the Global Oral Cancer Forum March 4-5 in New York City.

Dr. Robert Hayling, who fought for civil rights, remembered as leader and pioneer

Dr. Robert Hayling, a leader during the civil rights movement and a dentist who faced backlash for integrating his office, died Dec. 20.

Webinar to discuss federal policies and prescription drug abuse

An upcoming webinar will cover the White House’s strategy to reduce prescription medication abuse.

Just the Facts-January 18

On average, the number of patient visits per dentist per week, including hygienist appointments, was higher among specialists in private practice in 2014.

Snapshots of American Dentistry-January 18

In 2014, private insurance remained the largest source of payment of gross billings for owner dentists in private practice.

Teaching better: Scholarships help instructors hone skills

ADA members looking to enhance their teaching skills can apply Feb. 15 for a scholarship to attend a development program.

Trial subscription to ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer free for six months

The ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer, powered by Sikka Software, is available free to all members for a six-month subscription.

Women in dentistry see progress, continued challenges

When Dr. Harriet Seldin studied dentistry in 1978, she said it wasn’t uncommon for a patient to tell her she was the first woman dentist he or she has seen.

U.S. nonprofit works to reconstruct Congolese boy's face after chimp attack

Eight-year-old Dunia Sibomana is resting comfortably after his first surgery Jan. 11 to correct a facial deformity caused by a chimpanzee attack in his home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Richard V. Tucker, 2015 ADA Distinguished Service Award winner, dies

Dr. Richard V. Tucker, whose pioneering work using gold in restorative dentistry created legions of devotees in the dental profession, died Jan. 12.

AAO broadens effort for underserved kids

More underserved children in the U.S. could receive orthodontic treatment in 2016 under an expanded program the American Association of Orthodontists announced in December.

CMS approves $6.2 billion waiver for Medi-Cal

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Dec. 30 officially approved a $6.2 billion waiver for California's Medi-Cal program, $740 million of which is earmarked to help overhaul the state's dental program.

Family physicians' group backs oral health primary care plan

The role primary care teams play in preventive oral health care is at the center of a white paper that in December gained the support of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Fluoridation in Washington community to continue — for now

The city council here in December voted 4-3 to retain water fluoridation for this community of about 19,200, despite outspoken resistance from some residents.

National Children's Dental Health Month marks 75th year

National Children's Dental Health Month in February will turn 75. This year's "Sugar Wars" campaign theme depicts heroic cartoon children in a spaceship swatting "Sweet Tooth Invaders" with toothbrushes.

Health Policy Institute reports dentists' earnings as stagnant

With five years of data since the Great Recession, the ADA Health Policy reports that dentists' earnings are not recovering.

Easier access to HIPAA information on redesigned website

The Office for Civil Rights has redesigned its website to make it easier to digitally access information related to federal civil rights laws and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

ACA grace period could affect dental practices

The Association wants to remind dentists of the Affordable Care Act's grace period rule, which provides a three-month grace period for consumers who receive tax subsidies to purchase their health insurance through the ACA insurance exchanges and who have paid their first month's full premium.

Departments of Justice and Labor announce expansion of Worker Endangerment Initiative

The Departments of Justice and Labor announced Dec. 17 a new plan to "more effectively prosecute" crimes that put the lives and health of workers at risk.

Learn to lead your dental office team

Managing caries is one thing. Managing a team is quite another.

New dentist already planning ADA 2016 trip

ADA 2015 – America's Dental Meeting wrapped just over two months ago, but Nevada dentist Dr. Emily Ishkanian already knows what she wants to do this year.

Share your Give Kids A Smile pics

Give Kids A Smile program coordinators should have their digital cameras ready to capture the highlights of their activities starting Feb. 5, the national Give Kids A Smile Day kickoff.

Guidelines ask Americans to limit intake of added sugars

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture released updated nutritional guidelines Jan. 7 calling for Americans to limit their intake of added sugars.

Henry Schein donates $250,000 to support MOM clinics

Henry Schein, Inc. announced it will donate $250,000 in health care products over the next two years to the America's Dentists Care Foundation to support its work at 50 Mission of Mercy clinics.

Registration open for diagnostic terminology conference

Registration is open for a conference where dentists can help shape the future of diagnostic terminology in dentistry.

Special Care Dentistry Association meeting April 14-17

Providers of oral health care to patients with special needs are invited to the 23rd International Association for Disability & Oral Health Congress in conjunction with the Special Care Dentistry Association’s Annual Meeting.

ADA Member Travel Benefits offered this winter

ADA members planning winter travel can take advantage of ADA Member Travel Benefits and save significantly on hotels.

Course helps dentists learn work in long-term care facilities

Dr. Charles Doring, a staff dentist at a nursing home in Rockville, Maryland, knows the anxiety and challenges that can come with treating older patients.

Dental product manufacturers seek to block gray market sales

Dental product manufacturers are in the unique position of being able to see how gray market products flow through unsecured supply chains around the globe. It's a frustrating position to be in because they oftentimes see their intricately made, safety-tested products with knockoff labels, phony expiration dates and sometimes not meeting the safety and regulatory specifications required by the U.S. government. They'll also sometimes discover counterfeit products.

HPI publishes oral health facts for every U.S. state

The ADA Health Policy Institute has released fact sheets for every U.S. state analyzing dental care utilization, supply of dentists, Medicaid participation, reimbursement rates, sealant use and who has access to fluoridated drinking water.

International volunteer organizations seek help, donations

When Dr. Patrick Nolan traveled to Jamaica in 2015 to provide his dental services to the underserved as a volunteer with Zion Care International, he was amazed at the number of people who needed help.

Just the Facts-January 4

Children with public dental benefits

Snapshots of American Dentistry - March 7

Average practice expenses per dentist

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