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ADA Honors State and Local Dental Societies for their Outreach Programs

CHICAGO, November 5, 2008—The American Dental Association (ADA) continues to honor state and local dental societies across the nation with the 2008 Golden Apple Awards. The Golden Apple Awards program, now in its 20th year, recognizes outstanding achievement in dental society activities and excellence in leadership.

Indianapolis Dentist Elected ADA Trustee

CHICAGO, October 23, 2008—Dr. Charles Steffel, an Indianapolis endodontist (root canal specialist) and part-time Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, was installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Steffel’s installation took place in San Antonio at the ADA's 149th Annual Session, October 16-21.

Virginia Dentist Chosen President-Elect of the American Dental Association

CHICAGO, October 21, 2008—Ronald L. Tankersley, D.D.S., who practices the dental specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in Newport News, Williamsburg and Hampton, Virginia, was elected today as president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Tankersley's election took place during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in San Antonio.

Nebraska Dental Educator Elected ADA Trustee

CHICAGO, October 27, 2008—Dr. Edward John Vigna, D.D.S, who serves on the adjunct faculty at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, was installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Vigna’s installation took place in San Antonio at the ADA's 149th Annual Session, October 16-21.

Northern Kentucky Dentist Elected ADA Trustee

CHICAGO, October 23, 2008—William Kendall Rich, D.M.D, who practices general dentistry in private practice with his two sons in Dry Ridge and Walton, KY, was installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Rich’s installation took place in San Antonio at the ADA's 149th Annual Session, October 16-21.

Florida Dental Educator Elected ADA Trustee

CHICAGO, October 27, 2008—Dr. Samuel B. Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed., professor of Periodontology and associate dean at the College of Dentistry, University of Florida, was installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Low's installation took place in San Antonio at the ADA's 149th Annual Session, October 16-21.

Indianapolis Dentist Elected ADA Trustee

CHICAGO, October 23, 2008—Dr. Charles Steffel, an Indianapolis endodontist (root canal specialist) and part-time Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, was installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Steffel’s installation took place in San Antonio at the ADA's 149th Annual Session, October 16-21.

Give Kids A Smile Provides Free Oral Health Care to Nearly Half-Million Children

CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2009—The American Dental Association (ADA)'s seventh annual Give Kids A Smile®program provided free oral health services to some 465,800 underserved children across the country. Enrolled through their schools, dental societies, and other community groups, the children received X-rays, fillings, cleanings, sealants, educational materials, dental hygiene products and more, all free of charge.

American Dental Association’s 23rd New Dentist Conference in Miami

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2009—Distinguished speakers are slated to discuss oral health issues currently before Congress and their impact on the dental profession as well as clinical and practice issues at the American Dental Association (ADA) 23rd New Dentist Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Miami April 30 to May 2.

Statement by ADA President John S. Findley on the Dental Emergency Responder Act Introduced Today by Reps. Stupak and Miller

Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2009—"The American Dental Association commends Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Candice Miller (R-Mich.) for introducing the 'Dental Emergency Responder Act' (H.R. 903), a bill that would bolster America's capacity to respond to natural disasters or terrorist attacks by taking advantage of the extensive education, training and professionalism of the nation's dentists.

ADA 'Give Kids A Smile' Events Provide Dental Care To Children from Low-Income Families

CHICAGO, Feb. 2, 2009—With dental disease among pre-schoolers on the rise, the American Dental Association (ADA) is mobilizing dental professionals in a national campaign to extend necessary care to children and adolescents from low-income families. On Feb. 6, during the seventh annual ADA Give Kids A Smile® program, some 45,000 dental professionals will provide free services to as many as 500,000 children at more than 1,600 sites.

Survey Finds Smile Is "Most Attractive" Physical Feature

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2009—Valentine's Day is around the corner, and what do people find most attractive in others? The smile. A national survey from the American Dental Association and Crest® and Oral B® finds that the smile outranked eyes, hair and the body as the most attractive physical feature.

ADA Hosts National Museum of Dentistry’s "MouthPower" Exhibit

CHICAGO, Feb. 17, 2009 – "MouthPower," a traveling exhibit in which children can learn to brush their teeth on a larger-than-life mouth, play dentist in a child-size dental chair and clinic coat, learn the dangers of tobacco and explore parts of a tooth, is coming to Chicago.

2008 National League MVP Albert Pujols Teams with ADA’s Give Kids A Smile

CHICAGO, Jan. 27, 2009—Albert Pujols, National League Baseball's 2008 Most Valuable Player and St. Louis Cardinal first baseman, is starring in several American Dental Association (ADA) Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) public service announcements (PSA) to help promote increased access to oral health care for underserved children.

National Children's Dental Health Month Puts Focus on Early Oral Care

CHICAGO, Feburary 2009—National Children’s Dental Health Month turned 60 this year. Each February, since 1949, the American Dental Association (ADA) has sponsored National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

American Dental Association Applauds Legislators for Introducing "Meth Mouth" Bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2009—Dr. John S. Findley, president of the American Dental Association (ADA), applauded Capitol Hill legislators today for introducing a federal bill aimed at understanding and treating "meth mouth"—a condition where teeth can become blackened, stained, rotting and crumbling from methamphetamine use.

ADA Foundation Hosts Second Give Kids A Smile Awards Gala

CHICAGO, May 13, 2009—The American Dental Association Foundation held its second annual Give Kids A Smile Awards Gala at the Library of Congress May 12 in Washington, DC.

ADA Informs Patients About Osteoporosis Medications and Oral Health

Chicago, March 9, 2009—Dental patients who have been alarmed or confused by recent news reports about how osteoporosis medications might affect their oral health now have a brochure to help them separate fact from fiction.

Registration Opens for ADA’s 150th Annual Session in Hawaii

CHICAGO, April 9, 2009—Dentists and dental professionals can register now for the American Dental Association's (ADA) 150th Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition, held in Honolulu's Hawaii Convention Center from Sept. 30 through Oct. 4.

ADA Laboratory Tests Find Lead Not Released From Dental Crowns

CHICAGO, March 24, 2009—Comprehensive testing and analyses by the American Dental Association (ADA) found no detectable amount of lead released from the 102 porcelain–metal dental crowns evaluated even under extreme laboratory testing conditions.

ADA Continuing Education Helps Dentists Develop Leadership Skills

CHICAGO, April 6, 2009 – Dentists are eligible to hone their leadership skills with American Dental Association (ADA) Continuing Education Online, which offers a self-guided course, Understanding Associations, designed to help dentists identify their leadership style, conduct effective meetings, set goals and gain a better understanding of the professional association’s role in the political process.