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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.

Evidence Insufficient to Recommend Routine Antibiotics for Joint Replacement Patients Who Undergo Dental Procedures

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the American Dental Association (ADA) found that there is insufficient evidence to recommend the routine use of antibiotics for patients with orthopaedic implants to prevent infections prior to having dental procedures because there is no direct evidence that routine dental procedures cause prosthetic joint infections.

The Journal of the American Dental Association Celebrates Centennial

The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) will mark its 100th anniversary in 2013 with specially prepared articles and commentaries in each month’s issue.

Dentists Rank Highly for Honesty, Ethics in Gallup Poll

Dentists were named No. 5 for their honesty and ethical standards in a Gallup Poll released this month.

Dentists Should Abide By Applicable Laws and Ethical Standards

The ADA Code of Ethics states that “professionals have a duty to act for the benefit of others. Under this principle, the dentist's primary obligation is service to the patient and the public-at-large. The most important aspect of this obligation is the competent and timely delivery of dental care within the bounds of clinical circumstances presented by the patient, with due consideration being given to the needs, desires and values of the patient. The same ethical considerations apply whether the dentist engages in fee-for-service, managed care or some other practice arrangement.  Dentists may choose to enter into contracts governing the provision of care to a group of patients; however, contract obligations do not excuse dentists from their ethical duty to put the patient's welfare first.”

American Dental Association Updates Dental X-Ray Recommendations

In an effort to decrease radiation exposure to patients, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs collaborated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update the ADA’s recommendations for dental X-ray examinations. The recommendations were released this week.

The ADA Library Changes and Transition

In 2013, the American Dental Association will transition to a private use library with a scope of services that were deemed most valuable by ADA members. The ADA created questions and answers regarding this issue.

ADA’s 2013 Dental Code Check App Available for Apple, Android Mobile Devices

Dental codes are now available at the touch of a button with the  2013 Dental Code Check app.

ADA Statement on the American Public Health Association’s Newest Policy on Dental Amalgam

The American Dental Association supports the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) recent policy statement affirming that dental amalgam is safe and effective in treating dental cavities. The APHA policy notes that amalgam’s contribution to environmental mercury contamination is minimal, and that limiting or curtailing its availability could have negative health consequences, particularly in low-income areas.

American Dental Association Bestows Honorary Memberships

The American Dental Association (ADA) Board of Trustees has recognized the work of two health association executives with ties to dentistry by awarding them with honorary ADA membership.

Prevent Infectious Diseases in the Dental Office

The American Dental Association’s (ADA) newly revised ADA Practical Guide to Effective Infection Control DVD and workbook is on sale now.

ADA Launches MouthHealthy.org Mobile for Oral Health Information on the Go

The American Dental Association (ADA) has launched a new version of its MouthHealthy.org website that is optimized for use on mobile devices such as smartphones.

ADA’s New E-Book Guides Dentists on Using Social Media

To assist dentists in using social media to better connect with their patients, the American Dental Association (ADA) has created The ADA Practical Guide to Social Media Planning, First Edition.

ADA Statement Provides Comprehensive Overview of Community Dental Health Coordinator Pilot Program

The American Dental Association (ADA) today released the fourth in a series of papers that examine the challenges of and solutions to bringing good oral health to millions of Americans who, for multiple reasons, lack access to regular dental care.

Survey: Kids’ Perceptions of Halloween Include "Too Much Candy" and Desire for Other Types of Treats

The American Dental Association (ADA) and PopCap Games today announced the results of a new survey targeting trick-or-treating children (ages 5 to 13) in the U.S., looking at kids’ views and perceptions of Halloween.

American Dental Association Installs President and President-Elect

The American Dental Association (ADA) today installed Robert A. Faiella, D.M.D., M.M.SC., of Osterville, Mass., as president and Charles H. Norman III, D.D.S., of Greensboro, N.C., as president-elect.

California Dentist Installed as ADA Second Vice President

Brian E. Scott, D.D.S., a general dentist based in Palo Alto, CA, was installed today as second vice president of the American Dental Association (ADA). 

Ohio Dentist Installed as ADA Treasurer

Ronald P. Lemmo, D.D.S., a general dentist based in Willoughby Hills, OH, was elected today as Treasurer of the American Dental Association (ADA). 

Texas Dentist Installed as ADA Speaker Of The House

Glen D. Hall, D.D.S., a general dentist based in Abilene, TX, was elected today as Speaker of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) House of Delegates.

Florida Dentist Installed as ADA Trustee

Terry L. Buckenheimer, D.M.D., F.A.C.D., a general dentist based in Tampa, Fla., was installed today as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Ohio Dentist Installed as ADA Trustee

Joseph P. Crowley, D.D.S., F.A.C.D., a general dentist based in Cincinnati, was installed today as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA).