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Americans with Disabilities Act

Washington—The Department of Justice issued a final rule increasing civil penalties for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which covers “professional offices of health care providers” including dental offices. This rule is effective April 27, 2014, according to the March 28 Federal Register notice. However, the DoJ announcement said, “The new maximums apply only to violations occurring on or after April 28, 2014.”

MDA alerts members to possible tax identity theft

Lansing, Mich.—The Michigan Dental Association told members in a special alert April 11 that “the MDA has received several calls from member dentists who say that when they submitted their federal taxes this year they learned that their taxes had already been filed, most likely by an identity thief.”

Dental partnerships in Indian Country outlined

Washington—The Association described an emerging public-private partnership to improve the oral health of Native Americans in congressional testimony April 8 and invited Congress to participate.

UPS discounts available to ADA members

ADA members are eligible to exclusive savings of up to 36 percent off regular shipping costs through UPS, the shipping company endorsed by ADA Business Resources.

Action for Dental Health bill

Washington—The ADA Action for Dental Health movement gained the attention of the U.S. Congress with the introduction April 3 of legislation “to improve essential oral health care for lower-income individuals by breaking down barriers to care.”

National Prosthodontics Awareness Week set for April 6-12

Dentists have free access to research from the Journal of Prosthodontics through April 16 as the American College of Prosthodontists urges observation April 6-12 of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week.

CDA backs patient protection bill

Sacramento, Calif.—The California Dental Association wants patients to get what they pay for.

Nova dental student-run GKAS event continues to grow

Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Fla.—Nova Southeastern University's student-run Give Kids A Smile March 8 event provided dental care to about 325 children—the most in its 11-year history.

NIDCR to issue 2014-19 strategic plan

Bethesda, Md.—The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research will unveil a five-year strategic plan for dental research late this spring. "The plan offers a clear and concise narrative of where today's research investments might yield tomorrow's clinical advances," said Dr. Martha J. Somerman, NIDCR director.

Mark your calendar for ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting

ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting is Oct. 9-14 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, and registration opens May 1.

Nominations sought for 2014 Golden Apple awards

Do you have any achievements that you're particularly proud of?

ACA grace period may yield sticky situation

Patients who utilize the Affordable Care Act for their dental coverage may receive a tax credit that would allow them a grace period, giving them more time to pay their premiums. However, it may create a precarious situation for dentists.

ADA urges student loan reforms

Washington—The ADA and dental coalition organizations urged Congress to support student loan reforms proposed in separate bills. "It will not eliminate the significant burden of dental student debt, but it is an important step in that direction," the dental groups told House and Senate leaders.

Action for Dental Health movement

Stories that showcase ADA's Action for Dental Health are posted online at the ADH landing site at as they develop. Dr. Charles Norman, Association president, introduced these stories in the March 17 ADA News print edition, inviting readers to share their ADH stories.

VCU establishes chair to support residency program

Richmond, Va.—Dr. A. Omar Abubaker, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry's chair of its Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, can add a new title under his name.

Norton M. Ross clinical research award

The ADA is accepting nominations until June 27 for the 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.

Dental scientist probes mysteries of narwhal's 'unicorn' tooth

Boston—Dr. Martin Nweeia and research colleagues cite new evidence of how "the most extraordinary tooth in nature" interprets its icy Arctic environment for the narwhal, the near mythological whale with the spiraling tusk that is a tooth 6 to 9 feet long. But what use, that tooth of unicorn measure?

Standards working group aims to clarify nickel-free label in dental products manufacturing

An International Organization for Standardization working group wants manufacturers to modify labels that proclaim a dental product nickel-free even as potentially harmful trace amounts remain in metal materials.

ADA HPRC recommends classification system for dental group practices

The meaning of the term "group practice" has evolved. 

PBHS Q&A: Internet presence key to new patient growth

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of articles about Internet marketing that features interviews with ADA members to describe how PBHS, the website and marketing services provider endorsed by ADA Business Resources, is helping dentists address today's marketing challenges.

Online dental marketing efforts driven by more using social media

The use of social media as a platform to promote, as well as educate and engage patients, is no longer just a viable marketing strategy but one that must be utilized to stay competitive, according to PBHS.

Register for AAP annual spring conference

The American Academy of Periodontology is inviting dentists and dental team members to its annual spring conference in Chicago.

ADA Guide to Dental Letters simplifies tasks

Need to welcome a new patient? Update content on your practice's website? Or maybe explain how dental insurance works?

King Richard III remains provide insights on oral health, dentistry in the Middle Ages

The stereotype often seen in movies of peasants with blackened and gapped teeth during the Middle Ages may just be a myth.

Dr. Jane Selbe dies March 8

Santa Fe, N.M.—Dr. Jane Selbe, a trailblazer for women dentists as a clinician, mentor and leader, died at her home in Santa Fe on March 8. She was 87.

Industry Watch

Editor’s note: For a closer look at what is happening with manufacturers and companies in dentistry today, the ADA News is launching Industry Watch. The aim is to feature news about industry achievements, outreach and the people who bring dental products to the office. The ADA News welcomes dental industry news items at


An article entitled “Relationships and referrals,” in the most recent quarterly JADA Specialty Scan on Endodontics, includes research findings about the referral relationship between general dentists and endodontists. It reported that 43 percent of dentists refer patients to endodontists.

FDI 2014 abstract deadline extended to April 10

New Delhi—The FDI is extending the abstract submission deadline for its 2014 World Dental Congress to April 10.

2014 GKAS Institute

Give Kids A Smile coordinators nationwide can learn hands-on how to launch, expand or enhance their programs by applying for a 2014 Give Kids A Smile Community Leadership Development Institute grant.

More than 75 countries celebrate World Oral Health Day

Dental professionals and others in more than 75 countries worldwide held programs and ceremonies March 20 “Celebrating Healthy Smiles” for World Oral Health Day.

AADR honors Dr. Ray Bowen with Distinguished Scientist Award

Charlotte, N.C.—Dr. Ray Bowen, of the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center, received the 2014 American Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award March 19 here at the AADR 43rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

ADA/Kellogg executive management program registration opens

Looking to enhance your dental experience and clinical training with enhanced management skills?

Bacterium and fungus act in tandem to cause early childhood caries, Penn researchers say

The relationship between a bacterium and a fungus may be responsible for early childhood caries, report University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine investigators online Feb. 24 in the journal Infection and Immunity.

AGD makes move

The Academy of General Dentistry celebrated its move to its new headquarters in Chicago during a Feb. 20 reception along with five allied organizations.  

CDC extends infection control survey

Annapolis, Md.—The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agency, extended through March 31 an online survey of private dental practices about exposure control plans for reducing the risk of exposure to potentially infectious materials.

New guide offers expert advice for running a practice

The new ADA Practical Guide to Expert Business Strategies is a compilation of sage advice from top-notch experts on optimizing business practices in dentistry.

Sunny San Antonio ready for America's Dental Meeting

San Antonio—Combine learning, networking, shopping, exploring and relaxing with a trip to ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting, set for Oct. 9-14 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  

Land of a billion smiles welcomes FDI congress

New Delhi—A billion smiles will welcome the world of dentistry to the 2014 FDI World Dental Congress Sept. 11-14.

ADA/HVO programs draw enthusiastic support from volunteers, donors

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania—Volunteers continue to share their expertise to help Tanzanian dental professionals improve the oral health of the country's citizens through an ADA/Health Volunteers Overseas program that provides chairside instruction and lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and continuing education to the faculty.

Since August, members downloaded 2,400 journal articles from ADA Library

Since the launch of the ADA Library & Archives website in August 2013, more ADA members are accessing and downloading more journal articles.

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