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American Dental Association objects to The Doctor Oz Show segment on dental amalgam

The American Dental Association (ADA) strongly objects to the recent segment about dental amalgam, broadcast on a March 28 segment of "The Dr. Oz Show" and its reliance on sensationalism while ignoring sound science.

Adult Dental Visits Declined, Children’s Increased in Recent Years

Adults’ dental visits have declined while children’s increased during the period between 2000 and 2010, according to new research briefs released by the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Resources Center (HPRC). Surprisingly, the trend in reduced adult utilization predates the economic downturn that began in 2007. 

ADA Testimony before House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Outlines Association’s Oral Health Requests for Indian Health Service Programs

Increases in Indian Health Service (IHS) funding and dentist recruitment efforts  have led to demonstrable improvements in the oral health of Native children, said Dr. Henry Fields, chairman of the American Dental Association Council on Government Affairs, speaking before members of the House of Representatives today. “In the 1990s the budget for the IHS Division of Oral Health was $65 million; today it is more than $159 million,” he said. He noted that funding has resulted in improvements in oral health care but added, “We also know more needs to be done.”

New Law Incorporates Dentists in Emergency Response Plans

President Obama last night signed into law language clarifying that dentists may be considered disaster response public health responders to disasters or other public health emergencies. The president’s action brings to a close a two-year effort by the American Dental Association to include the language in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPA). The law also clarifies that dental schools are eligible to receive federal funds to train public health and medical response workers.

Jane S. Grover to Direct Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations

Jane S. Grover, D.D.S., M.P.H., has accepted the position of Director, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR) in the division of Government/Public Affairs at the American Dental Association (ADA).

ADA Appoints Michael Springer Senior V.P. for Business and Publishing

Michael Springer, who has served as the American Dental Association’s Managing Vice President for Publishing since 2010, has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President for Business and Publishing.

ADA Welcomes President Bill Clinton as Distinguished Speaker at Annual Session

The American Dental Association (ADA) will welcome President Bill Clinton to the 154th Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition for the 2013 Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series Thursday, Oct. 31 at the New Orleans  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Registration Open for ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program for Dentists

Dentists interested in complementing their clinical training and experience with enhanced management skills can register for the 2013 session of the prestigious American Dental Association (ADA) and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management’s "ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program." Applications are due July 1.

Applications Open for ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference

The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry is accepting applications for the 2013 Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference scheduled for April 25-27 at ADA Headquarters, 211 E. Chicago Ave., in Chicago.

Showing Community Dental Health Coordinators in Action

The American Dental Association today announced the availability of a new video providing a comprehensive view of the community dental health coordinator (CHDC) project. The video is available on and YouTube. It features interviews with educators, CDHCs and clinic personnel, and shows the CDHCs working in a variety of underserved urban, rural and Native American communities.

ADA New Dentist Committee Hosts 27th New Dentist Conference

Registration is open for dentists and dental students to attend the American Dental Association (ADA) 27th New Dentist Conference — Climbing to New Heights, which takes place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver July 18-20.

Give Kids A Smile®, Smile Kentucky! Team Up for Day of Free Dental Care Feb. 1

The American Dental Association (ADA) and Smile Kentucky! are collaborating with Henry Schein Dental, the U.S. Dental business of Henry Schein, Inc., Colgate-Palmolive Co., and DEXIS, LLC, to kick off this year’s national Give Kids A Smile® program on Friday, Feb. 1, at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in Kentucky.

ADA Reaffirms Need for Comprehensive Pediatric Dental Benefits in ACA’s Health Care Exchanges

“Requirements for a pediatric dental benefit in the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges would ensure that millions of children receive comprehensive oral health coverage through the private system of health exchanges,” said Robert Faiella, DMD, MMSc, president of the American Dental Association. Dr. Faiella spoke in response to recent calls by business groups and insurers for the government to trim the essential benefits—including dental benefits—that the ACA requires insurers to offer.

American Dental Association Symptom Checker App Gives Patients the Power

There are apps for everything from purchasing shoes to scheduling restaurant reservations, but how about an app for your toothache?

The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Office Design Now Available

If sprucing up your dental office, or building a new one, is your new year’s resolution, get started with The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Office Design.

ADA Comment on Pew Center on the States Dental Sealants Report

The report “Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants,” released today by the Pew Center on the States, highlights the degree to which a significant number of states are lagging in providing this proven decay-fighting measure to children, especially in those underserved populations.

American Dental Association Debuts Symptom Checker App

The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced the ADA® Dental Symptom Checker™ on to provide patients with accurate information about their oral health symptoms, help them make better-informed decisions about their oral health, help build consumer awareness of the importance of oral health and recognize the benefits of regular dental visits.

ADA Scientific Study Finds Surgical Midlevel Providers Do Not Reduce Overall Rates of Dental Decay

A report published today in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Dental Association details a nearly year-long systematic review of scientific papers about the use of non dentists, generally referred to as midlevel dental providers, to perform such irreversible surgical procedures as restorations (fillings) and extractions.

Proposed Federal Rule on Health Benefit Packages Fails to Address Critical Oral Health Issues, American Dental Association Tells HHS

A proposed federal rule affecting implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions establishing health benefit plans within the insurance exchanges does not address a number of critical oral health issues, said the American Dental Association.

Dr. Sherwin R. Shinn to Receive 2013 ADA Humanitarian Award

For the last 22 years, Dr. Sherwin R. Shinn has dedicated his life to providing oral health care to underserved people. For his efforts, Dr. Shinn has been named the 2013 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient.