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.
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.
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.
Learn about opioid abuse, how to recognize it and how to safely provide pain management for dental patients in an upcoming webinar.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To help dental offices comply with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, the ADA has prepared resources for member dentists.
When it comes to designing their own practices, Drs. Brett McRay, Heather Robbins and Robert O’Donnell share a connection.
Fluoridation will continue or be reinstated in three U.S. communities after leadership in each municipality voted in favor of the public health measure.
Difficulty biting and chewing
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.
Average hours per year in the dental office
More than 60 dental, medical, nursing, dental hygiene and community health professionals gathered here June 11 to address an ongoing oral health dilemma.
The ADA is seeking nominations for the annual ADA Humanitarian Award. Nomination materials must be submitted on or before Sept. 15.
The ADA Foundation announced in June the 30 winners of the 2016 Allied Dental Student Scholarships.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The American Association of Dental Office Management will hold its 12th annual session Sept. 15-18 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
The Journal of the American Dental Association will upgrade its website, JADA.ada.org, from Saturday, July 2, 3 a.m. to Sunday, July 3, 8 a.m. Eastern time.
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.
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.
Dentists suffering a disaster as a result of flooding in West Virginia can seek immediate aid to cover personal expenses from the ADA Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
The ADA Foundation will host a symposium Aug. 17-19 on childhood caries at the New York University College of Dentistry.
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.
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.
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.
A new webpage on ADA.org 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.
The University of the Pacific announced June 15 it named Dr. Nader Nadershahi as dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a webinar series that addresses the agency's new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications.
Cellerant Consulting Group will sponsor the "Best of Class" Technology Award this year, transitioning from the Pride Institute.
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.
For the second consecutive year, Ivoclar Vivadent collaborated with the Food Bank of Western NY in Buffalo for the Food Drive Challenge 2016.
Patterson Companies announced April 18 that it was placed on the Honor Roll for the 2015 Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership.
To what extent should providers and patients examine their reliance on Vicodin to manage postoperative pain?
Tooth loss with age
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.
Enrollees and graduates of advanced dental education programs
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.
A 250 percent increase in price over seven years would probably prompt any business owner to do some investigating.
A new bill seeking to expand provider access to individuals living on Indian Reservations has the support of the ADA.
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.
Learn what the ADA is doing to help dentists navigate dental benefit plans in an upcoming webinar.
The State Bar of Michigan emailed its members June 9, warning lawyers of a new phishing attack targeting bar associations around the country.
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.
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.
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has awarded the ADA Seal of Acceptance to CloSYS Sulfate-Free Toothpaste.
Known as the first dental school in the world, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, made more history.
More children in Michigan will receive dental coverage after the legislature in June approved an expansion of the state's Healthy Kids Dental Program.
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.
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.
A new resource is available for dental professionals who whiten patients' teeth.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you want to register for ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting but haven’t done so yet?
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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.
Large dental office employees
Dr. Larry Chow has been granted five patents and has written 11 articles for scientific publications in the last three years.
The ADA, along with 129 other health care professional groups, is asking the Senate to strike language from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
Smoking tobacco and using oral contraceptives are high-ranking risk factors for the occurrence of alveolar osteitis.
About 160 state and local dental society volunteers and staff members dedicated to growing membership attended the annual conference.
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.
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.
The ADA Foundation will begin accepting applications June 3 for the Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award, with the deadline Dec. 1.
Dentists play a role in educating the public on its safety, efficacy
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.
California dentist constructs dental clinic in Philippines for underserved
Three new courses from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aim to teach health care professionals about infection control and injection safety.
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.
New ADA resource offers tips on managing finances
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.
Three high school students won ADA Foundation-sponsored Special Awards May 12 at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Labor finalized a rule that expands the number of full-time workers eligible for overtime pay.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Parthasarathy Madurantakam's students at Virginia Commonwealth University know exactly what the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry's website offers.
Stand-alone dental plans
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In its continuing efforts to help halt the overuse and abuse of opioid painkillers, the Association is once again supporting National Recovery Month.
The 2016 Montana Fly Fishing Dental Conference July 7-9 here will feature Dr. Conrad Sack speaking on "Treating Developing Dentition.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Registration is open for ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting and the New Dentist Conference, both in October in the Mile High City.
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.
The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine announced it appointed Dr. Joseph J. Zambon, as dean, effective May 9.
Dr. Mark Diehl, a longtime ADA volunteer credited as a pioneer of dental informatics, died April 18 after an illness. He was 70.
The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for its Semi-annual Grants Program: Access to Care.
Two Association member dentists are running for Congress with support from the American Dental Political Action Committee.
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.
Dr. Bruce Hutchison, ADPAC committee chair, presented grassroots advocate awards May 3 at the annual Washington Leadership Conference.
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.
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.
They came from every state, including the nation's capital, and shared a common goal: advocating for dentistry.
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.
ADA leaders discuss dental coverage as ancillary benefit
The Environmental Protection Agency has told the ADA that it will delay releasing a final amalgam separator rule until December.
The ADA is offering two webinar opportunities for continuing education about tobacco.
The vital role tap water plays in daily life is highlighted May 1-7 during American Water Works Association's Drinking Water Week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Obama signed into law the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016, which for the first time specifically references oral health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ADA Foundation is now accepting nominations for two awards that recognize leadership potential in young dentists and dental students.
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.
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.
If chronic plastic bottled water drinkers learn about the health and safety of their tap water, will they drink it?
More than 1,400 volunteers donated their time and services at the California Dental Association Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares.
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.
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.
This municipality will reinstate community water fluoridation following a unanimous city council vote.
Long before he joined the United States Army and became a dentist, Maj. Philip Estes was service minded.
In November, the ADA Foundation awarded 11 organizations across the country grants of up to $10,000, for a total of $108,376.
Archivist investigates while going digital
Peer review a member benefit that helps preserve doctor/patient relationship
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.
An online cheat sheet is available on what the federal government will look for and require during its HIPAA compliance audits.
The ADA, together with state and local associations, had a busy 2015
Cost of dental school
A three-part web series aims to help dentists and other health care providers navigate the Medicare program.
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?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health has designated April as National Minority Health Month.
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.
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.
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.
The Association on April 12 revealed the three winners of its contest tied to ADA 2016 – America’s Dental Meeting.
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.
The ADA submitted written testimony April 12 to the Senate Judiciary subcommittee urging committee members to reexamine the antitrust exemption.
More third-party payers are designing benefit plans that connect a person’s oral health to the rest of his or her body.
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.
After Harvard, ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership graduate seeks to expand work in public health, mentorship
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.
A coroner's office in Ohio is hoping dentists can help identify a deceased woman through her dental implants manufactured by Straumann Dental.
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?
The ADA is accepting nominations for the 2016 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.
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.
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.
Early registration discounts for the 104th FDI World Dental Congress in Poznań, Poland, are available through May 31.
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.
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.
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.
The Association wants to make navigating Medicaid easier for providers, which is why the ADA is hosting several Medicaid boot camps in 2016.
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.
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.
By 2015, the percentage of female dentists working in dentistry was 29 percent, up from 20 percent in 2005.
Dentists working in dentistry
Water suppliers nationwide are required to make available annual Water Quality Reports or Consumer Confidence Reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know that the Association’s Code of Ethics is 150 years old this year?
The ADA Center for Professional Success is continuously adding new content, tools, and resources to help dentists succeed in their practices.
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.
ADA members can earn one hour of CE at no cost by attending a live webinar May 5.
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.
When members express their ADA pride to President Carol Gomez Summerhays, one of the first things they praise is the Association's advocacy work.
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.
The University of Utah School of Dentistry announced that Dr. Wyatt Rory Hume will become dean.
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.
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.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration March 21 announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the U.S.
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.
On March 14, Massachusetts became the first state to establish a seven-day limit on first-time opioid prescriptions.
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.
Dental school enrollment
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 Companies received the BOLD Award from the Association for Corporate Growth on March 4 for increasing its business scope and recalibrating corporate strategy.
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.
Emergency department visits among children covered by Medicaid
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.
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.
Root Canal Awareness Week’s 10th anniversary, observed March 27-April 2.
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.
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.
The Code Maintenance Committee approved 11 new codes at its March meeting. Code numbers will be assigned in CDT 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Senate on March 10 passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, 94-1.
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.
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.
The Belize Mission Project began with a fishing trip.
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.
The ADA seeks input from dental offices regarding the use of three different, commercially available water monitoring devices.
"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 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.
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.
Voters overwhelmingly came out in favor for continued water fluoridation March 1 in this town of about 16,500.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patients covered by public assistance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership is accepting applications through May 2 for its 2016-17 class.
Registration is open for the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit here March 28-31.
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.
The application deadline for the 2016 ADA Foundation’s Samuel Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health grant program is April 8.
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.
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.
How will genomics enhance patient care in the future? What initiatives should ADA consider supporting in the emerging discipline of genomics in dentistry?
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.
The ADA launched this month a new Web portal, ADA.org/newdentist, designed to provide a one-stop shop for new dentists seeking information.
The Association has revised two best-selling patient education brochures that are available from the ADA Catalog.
When dentist Dr. Maria Burmaster thinks about the ADA’s annual meetings, she thinks about family.
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.
CDC identifies top 10 states in study
Health Volunteers Overseas seeing successes, challenges
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 announced in February that it has endorsed HealthFirst as provider of sharps and medical waste mailback disposal services for members.
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.
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.
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.
Dental practices from across the country celebrate GKAS
The deadline for the ADA Foundation’s Allied Dental Student Scholarship Program is March 11.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
ADA Business Resources endorses PBHS Inc. as a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-secure email and collaboration system provider for Association members.
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.
In 2015, the increase in the Consumer Price Index for dental services was 2.5 percent, up from 2.1 percent in 2014.
Dental professionals from more than 70 countries will celebrate World Oral Health Day March 20.
The Better Business Bureau has launched a website so consumers can track scams that have been reported in their area.
When it comes to finding an appropriate patient for the dental board exam, students resort to creative, but sometimes inappropriate, methods.
An upcoming webinar will serve as a user’s guide to prescription drug monitoring programs.
Dental school was always in the cards for Kyle Larsen. Not part of the dream? Graduating with a lot of debt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justis and Martha are students at Fort Lauderdale High School and until Feb. 5 had never seen the care of a dentist.
This is the 14th consecutive year that the Maryland practice has participated in GKAS.
Have you ever needed to send by email clinical findings to an endodontist for a patient experiencing acute pain?
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.
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 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.
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.
Citizenship of first-year dental students
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has learned of some businesses receiving fraudulent emails from scammers posing as the Department of Labor.
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.
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 made to anesthesia and sedation procedure codes in CDT 2016 led some members to contact the ADA with questions and concerns.
Dentists experiencing a disaster as a result of Winter Storm Jonas can seek immediate aid from the ADA Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Association is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to exempt dental offices from its proposed hazardous waste pharmaceuticals rules.
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.
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, a leader during the civil rights movement and a dentist who faced backlash for integrating his office, died Dec. 20.
An upcoming webinar will cover the White House’s strategy to reduce prescription medication abuse.
On average, the number of patient visits per dentist per week, including hygienist appointments, was higher among specialists in private practice in 2014.
In 2014, private insurance remained the largest source of payment of gross billings for owner dentists in private practice.
ADA members looking to enhance their teaching skills can apply Feb. 15 for a scholarship to attend a development program.
The ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer, powered by Sikka Software, is available free to all members for a six-month subscription.
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.
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, whose pioneering work using gold in restorative dentistry created legions of devotees in the dental profession, died Jan. 12.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
With five years of data since the Great Recession, the ADA Health Policy reports that dentists' earnings are not recovering.
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.
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.
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.
Managing caries is one thing. Managing a team is quite another.
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.
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.
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, 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 is open for a conference where dentists can help shape the future of diagnostic terminology in dentistry.
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 members planning winter travel can take advantage of ADA Member Travel Benefits and save significantly on hotels.
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 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.
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.
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.
Children with public dental benefits
Average practice expenses per dentist