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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). 

South Carolina Dentist Installed as ADA Trustee

Julian H. Fair III, D.M.D., a general dentist based in Wagener, S.C., was installed today as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Minnesota Dentist Installed as ADA Trustee

James K. Zenk, D.D.S., a general dentist based in Montevideo, Minn., was installed today as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). 

Missouri Dentist Installed as ADA Trustee

Mark R. Zust, D.D.S., a dentist in general practice in St. Peters, Mo., was installed today as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). 

Halloween Survey: Parents Want Fun, Healthy Alternatives to Sugary Treats

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

Groundbreaking Oral Health Curriculum Endorsed by American Dental Association

The American Dental Association (ADA) announced its official endorsement of "Smiles for Life," the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s national online oral health curriculum.

"Stop Zombie Mouth" Halloween Campaign Sowing Five Million Free Trading Cards in Addition to Free Copies of Plants vs. Zombies™

The American Dental Association (ADA) and PopCap Games today announced a new tendril of their recently launched "Stop Zombie Mouth" campaign.

ADA Asks Dentists to Enlist in Fight against Prescription Drug Abuse

The American Dental Association today expressed its support for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, and urged dentists to counsel their patients about how to safely secure and dispose of unused, unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals. 

Statement from Dr. William Calnon, President, American Dental Association on New York City’s Ban of Large-size Sugary Beverages

The American Dental Association (ADA) applauds New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for shining a spotlight on the issue of frequent and excessive consumption of soda and other sugary beverages which raises the risk of adverse health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

ADA Praises Portland, Ore., City Council for Vote to Fluoridate

The American Dental Association (ADA) today praised the Portland, Ore., City Council’s unanimous vote to begin fluoridating the city’s municipal water system before a self-imposed deadline of March 2014.

The American Dental Association and PopCap Games Announce Campaign Offering Tooth-Friendly Alternative to Sugary Halloween Treats

The American Dental Association (ADA), the leading source of oral health-related information, and PopCap Games, a leading digital games creator and a division of EA, today announced a joint campaign aimed at encouraging good oral health among U.S. children and their parents.

Dentists Can Pre-Order 2013 ADA Dental Procedure Codes Books

The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering dentists the opportunity to pre-order dental procedure coding books prior to them becoming available in October.  These books have proven popular with ADA members who benefit from members-only discounts.

American Dental Association New Dentist Conference Honors Achievements in Dentistry

The ADA New Dentist Committee honored dentists for their achievements at the American Dental Association (ADA) 26th New Dentist Conference in Washington, D.C., this summer.

ADA Welcomes New Study on Dental Therapists, but Emphasizes Continued Focus on Eliminating Multiple Barriers to Oral Health

The Pew Center on the States’ recent report titled “Expanding the Dental Safety Net: A First Look at How Dental Therapists Can Help” follows up and in some ways reinforces the American Dental Association’s own recent economic studies that bring into question the viability of alternative workforce models. The ADA believes that both reports show that dental therapist models would take large financial commitments while returning questionable results. The Pew report noted that the modeling it examined “found modest effects” from deploying dental therapists in existing, fixed-site federally qualified health centers.

Selective Use of Cone-Beam Computed Tomography Offers Advanced Point-of-Care Imaging

In the August issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) presents an ADA report with recommendations for the safe use of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in dental practice.

ADA Honors AIDS Researcher with 2012 Gold Medal Award

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently named Dr. John S. Greenspan as the recipient of the 2012 ADA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research in recognition of his landmark AIDS research.

ADA Offers Practical Guide to Patients with Medical Conditions

The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering a new publication, The ADA Practical Guide to Patients with Medical Conditions, to help dentists deliver safe and coordinated care for patients with chronic medical conditions with a book that provides detailed references, images and expert advice from 25 academicians and clinicians. 

New Studies Question the Economic Viability of Midlevel Providers in Dentistry

The American Dental Association today released six reports examining the economic viability of three models of so-called "midlevel" dental providers, the Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHATs) currently providing care in Alaska Native territories, the Dental Therapists (DTs), currently working in Minnesota, and the proposed but as yet unrealized Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP).  The reports raise serious questions about whether these midlevel provider models can sustain themselves economically.

Supreme Court ACA Ruling’s Effect on Access to Dental Care

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on the Affordable Care Act upholds the provisions establishing state health insurance exchanges and minimum benefit packages that include pediatric oral health care.  This could expand dental coverage to millions of additional children, many of whom have suffered with untreated dental disease.  The ADA advocated vigorously for increased children’s coverage, including how the “essential dental benefit” for children is defined,  in the months leading up to the law’s passage and is grateful that it remains intact.

American Dental Association Statement on PBS Frontline’s ‘Dollars and Dentists’

The American Dental Association appreciates the mounting media interest in what Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., famously called a “silent epidemic” of oral disease.  Unfortunately, the situation has improved little since Dr. Satcher wrote those words in 2000.  The needless suffering caused by untreated dental disease that could have been prevented or easily treated in its early stages is unacceptable.  Coverage by PBS’s “Frontline” and other media can increase awareness of this ongoing tragedy and, we hope, the political will to do something about it.