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First Group of Community Dental Health Coordinators Complete ADA Pilot Program

CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2010—The University of Oklahoma recently celebrated the completion of coursework by the first group of students in a pilot program created by the American Dental Association (ADA) to improve oral health in underserved communities.   The Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) pilot program is modeled on the community health worker, which has proven extremely successful in similar capacities in the medical system.

American Dental Association Apology Reinforces Commitment to Diversity

CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2010—The American Dental Association (ADA) acknowledged today that it deeply regrets not taking a stronger stand against discriminatory membership practices during the pre-civil rights era.ADA President Raymond Gist, D.D.S., said making the announcement public reinforces the ADA's commitment to a diverse and inclusive profession, moving us forward in a new spirit of collaboration to advance the dental profession and the oral health of the public. 

ADA Comments on Kellogg Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist Study

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2010 - The American Dental Association (ADA) said today that it welcomes an organization of the stature of the W.K .Kellogg Foundation to join the fight to improve the nation's oral health.

Substantial Consumption of Fluoride Increases Chance of Mild Fluorosis

CHICAGO, Oct. 25, 2010—Young children who consume substantial amounts of fluoride through infant formula and other beverages mixed with fluoridated water or by swallowing fluoride toothpaste have an increased chance of developing mild enamel fluorosis, according to research published in the October issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association and supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Children can continue using fluoridated water and fluoride toothpaste because fluoride has been proven to prevent tooth decay, and mild fluorosis does not negatively affect dental health or quality of life.

American College of Dentists Honors Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni with Lifetime Achievement Award

CHICAGO, Oct. 18, 2010 - The American College of Dentists (ACD) recently awarded Arthur A. Dugoni, D.D.S., and 10 other dentists with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Dugoni, a former American Dental Association (ADA) president and immediate past president of the ADA Foundation, was among the ACD fellows recognized for 50 or more years of ACD membership.

Michigan Dentist Becomes Dental Association President

CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2010 – Raymond F. Gist, D.D.S., a Flint, Mich., general dentist is the 2010-2011 president of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Gist’s induction took place during the ADA’s 151st Annual Session in Orlando, Fla.

New York Dentist Chosen President-Elect of the American Dental Association

 CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2010 – William R. Calnon, D.D.S., who practices general dentistry in Rochester, New York, was chosen today as president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA).  Dr.  Calnon’s election took place during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in Orlando, Fla.

Texas Dentist Elected to American Dental Association Board

CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2010 – Patricia L. Blanton, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., who practices periodontics in Dallas, was installed today as second vice president of the American Dental Association (ADA) during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in Orlando, Fla.

New York Dentist Installed as American Dental Association Trustee

CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2010—Steven Gounardes, D.D.S., a Brooklyn, New York- based general dentist, was installed today as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Gounardes’s installation took place in Orlando, Fla., at the ADA's 151st Annual Session.

Illinois Dentist Installed as American Dental Association Trustee

CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2010—Joseph F. Hagenbruch, D.M.D., a private-practice general dentist in Harvard, Ill., was installed today as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Hagenbruch’s installation took place in Orlando, Fla., during the ADA's 151st Annual Session.

Montana Dentist Installed as American Dental Association Trustee

CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2010— Roger L. Kiesling, D.D.S., a Helena, Mont., dentist, was installed today as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Kiesling’s installation took place in Orlando, Fla., at the ADA's 151st Annual Session.

California Dentist Installed as American Dental Association Trustee

CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2010— Carol Gomez Summerhays, D.D.S., a San Diego-based general dentist, was installed today as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Summerhays’ installation took place in Orlando, Fla., at the ADA's 151st Annual Session.

This Halloween Don’t Play Tricks on Your Teeth

CHICAGO, Oct. 11, 2010—This Halloween and throughout the year, the American Dental Association (ADA) advises not to play decay-causing tricks on your teeth and offers advice on treats and vampire fangs.

ADA’s Updated Resource to Help Dentists Record Dental Procedures

CHICAGO, Oct. 4, 2010 -The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering the publication CDT 2011-2012: The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Procedure Codes to provide dentists and their dental staff with a handy resource to accurately record and report dental services delivered to patients. 

American Dental Association Statement: EPA’s Announcement on Amalgam Separator Use

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2010 - The American Dental Association (ADA) agrees with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that amalgam separators play an important role minimizing the release of mercury into dental office wastewater, and that is why we promote their use.  That said, we cannot comment on the proposed EPA regulation announced today until the agency shares it with us.

Live ADA Annual Session Courses Available to ADA Members, Dental Students

CHICAGO, Sept. 24, 2010 – The American Dental Association’s (ADA) exclusive Education in the Round (EIR), a live-patient learning environment that takes you step-by-step from diagnosis to treatment is available as free simulcasts to ADA members and dental students.

ADA Reaffirms Support of Water Fluoridation

CHICAGO, April 7, 2006—After reviewing a recently published paper on a possible association between fluoride in water and osteosarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer), the ADA remains confident that community water fluoridation is a safe, effective public health measure for preventing tooth decay.

ADA Statement on Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards

Chicago, March 22, 2006—The American Dental Association (ADA) emphasizes that the just-released report on fluoride by the National Academies' National Research Council only addresses the levels of naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water that exceed the EPA's current recommendations. The report in no way examines or calls into question the safety of community water fluoridation, which is the process of adding fluoride to public water supplies to reach an optimal level of 0.7 - 1.2 ppm in order to protect people against tooth decay. One part per million is the equivalent to about one cent in $10,000. The ADA continues to endorse community water fluoridation as a vital public health measure.

ADA Conference to Seek Oral Health Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults

CHICAGO, Sept. 21, 2010 – The American Dental Association (ADA) is extending invitations to those concerned about the oral health of vulnerable older adults and people with disabilities to attend a national conference and help shape the future of oral health care for this underserved and growing population.

ADA Applauds Health Claim for Fluoridated Bottled Water

CHICAGO, October 20, 2006—The American Dental Association (ADA) supports the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to allow bottlers to claim that fluoridated water may reduce the risk of dental cavities or tooth decay.