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Highlights from the current print edition—April 21, 2014

Action for Dental Health bill offered in Congress
Washington—The ADA Action for Dental Health movement gained the attention of the U.S. Congress with the introduction April 3 of legislation "to improve essential oral health care for lower-income individuals by breaking down barriers to care."

ADA CE series to track patient from diagnosis to recovery
Robert "Bob" Hartman recalls waiting to board a plane at San Francisco International Airport when a piece of his front tooth simply broke off.

Employment agreements eyed in guide
Learn about employment agreements and how to decipher them in a new ADA publication.

Just the Facts-April 21

MDA alerts members to possible tax identity theft
Some member dentists are among the many taxpayers reporting that they are victims of tax return identity theft.

Second District Dental Society holds GKAS event in New York

JADA Live in Arizona
Scottsdale, Ariz.—See the latest in office design at JADA Live in June.

Snapshots of American Dentistry-April 21

UPS discounts available to ADA members
ADA members are eligible to exclusive savings of up to 36 percent off regular shipping costs through UPS, the shipping company endorsed by ADA Business Resources.

Member-Get-A-Member program recruits 119 in 2013
Thanks to the recruitment efforts of current members, the ADA welcomed 119 new members in 2013, recruited through the Member-Get-A-Member program.

Action for Dental Health movement
Dentists throughout the country are taking action to improve the nation's dental health by delivering care now to those already suffering with disease, strengthening the dental safety net and bringing dental health education and disease prevention into communities.

ADA answers questions on ACA in the dental practice
If they already haven't, patients with dental benefits under the Affordable Care Act will soon begin visiting dental offices. This is a continuation of a Q&A series on how the ACA affects dentists in their practices. The questions are based on ones the ADA Practice Institute has received in its call center.

Dental partnerships in Indian Country outlined
Washington—The Association described an emerging public-private partnership to improve the oral health of Native Americans in congressional testimony April 8 and invited Congress to participate.

Introduction of latest electronic diagnostic codes in the U.S. delayed
Dentists will have more time to implement the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases, thanks to an extension the U.S. Senate passed March 31.

California soon may have a dental director
Sacramento, Calif.—California may soon have a state dental director, a position long sought after by the state dental association.

Time to check annual water reports
Between now and July 1, water suppliers nationwide are required to send their customers annual Water Quality Reports or Consumer Confidence Reports, giving dental professionals the opportunity to check on the status of their community's water—and in particular—its fluoride levels.

Nova Southeastern dean appointed to federal advisory committee

Term "Plus" Universal Life Plan helps dentists insure themselves and save money
Phoenix—Dr. Sameet Koppikar did the smart thing with his life insurance purchase. In his quest to save wherever he could, he turned to the ADA and quickly realized the value of membership.

ADA Catalog products simplify dental practice processes
Whether in the back office or at chairside, products from the ADA Catalog can bring clarity and simplicity to what otherwise could be overly complex processes. The Chairside Instructor: A Visual Guide to Case Presentations and CDT 2014: Dental Procedure Codes are two exemplary such products.

AADOM names Office Manager of the Year for 2013
The American Association of Dental Office Managers named Cindy Sooter, of Fitterling Dentistry in Joplin, Mo., its Office Manager of the Year for 2013.

Obtaining dental benefits is easy; finding information to compare plans is not
Consumers have their pick of dental benefit choices through the new health insurance marketplaces but finding information on covered services is difficult, according to the ADA Health Policy Resources Center.

ADA New Dentist Committee names leadership, program award recipients
A pediatric dentist in Spokane, Wash. An attending orthodontist at The Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. A Fantasy Football league in San Antonio. And the Illinois State Dental Society New Dentist Committee. These are the recipients to be honored this year by the ADA New Dentist Committee.

NDC early registration ends May 23
Kansas City, Mo.—With a month left for early bird registration, those interested in this year's New Dentist Conference may have a chance to win some prizes, including free lodging during the event.

Sparkly GKAS fun in Texas 

2014 student ethics video contest entries sought
The submission period is open for the 2014 Student Ethics Video Contest, which the ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs sponsors annually. The entry deadline is July 31.

Dental group reaches 11,000 with NCDHM education
Wauwatosa, Wis.—Dental Associates dentists and staff members throughout Wisconsin hosted oral health education events at daycare centers, YMCAs, preschools and elementary schools in their communities, reaching more than 11,000 children in February for National Children's Dental Health Month.

R&R Conference highlights building member value through Power of 3
In an effort to build and enhance member value, 150 state and local dental society volunteers and staff members dedicated to growing membership gained innovative perspectives from colleagues and speakers at the 2014 ADA Annual Conference on Membership Recruitment and Retention.

May is high blood pressure month
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, and it's a good time to put the spotlight on Million Hearts, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

ADA Foundation dental student scholarships help dreams come true
Some kids love the dentist so much that they want to be one. Eric Brown, recipient of a 2013-14 ADA Foundation Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarship, was one of those kids.

ADA Foundation offers new semi-annual grant program
A new ADA Foundation grant program is designed to support nonprofit dental organizations whose projects fall outside the realm of established ADAF grant opportunities.

Spotlight on practice-based research networks at ADA 2014
San Antonio—An Oct. 9 course at ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting will explore dental practice-based research networks.

UNMC College of Dentistry names new dean
Lincoln, Neb.—The College of Dentistry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center named Dr. Janet Guthmiller as its new dean, effective Sept. 1, pending formal approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents on May 16.

UMKC Dental Explorer inspires future dentists
Kansas City, Mo.—In an effort to expose high school students in dentistry and spark interest in pursuing the profession, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry hosted a Dental Explorer Post in February.

ASDA elects new leaders
The American Student Dental Association House of Delegates on March 1 elected its 2014-15 ASDA national president, vice presidents and speaker of the House of Delegates during their annual session.

Perio bacteria found to spur cancer growth in mouth, say researchers
Cleveland—Two bacteria prevalent in periodontal disease form small fatty acids that incite growth of deadly Kaposi's sarcoma-related lesions and tumors in the mouth, said Case Western Reserve University researchers who discovered the potential connection.

Endodontics leader at Baylor dies at 93
Dallas—Dr. Adrian Sampeck, who his family says helped establish the endodontics department at the Baylor College of Dentistry at Texas A&M University has died. He was 93.

Program brings dental care to Syrians
Buffalo, N.Y.—More than 5,600 miles separate Buffalo, N.Y., and Syrian refugee camps in border towns in Turkey and Jordan, but a Buffalo dentist has enlisted the help of the city's dental community and residents to help millions affected by a devastating civil war.

Pennsylvania third-graders showcase their skills in NCDHM poster contest
Harrisburg, Pa.—About 150 third-graders from schools statewide used art supplies, creativity and their knowledge of good oral health habits to promote National Children's Dental Health Month in the Pennsylvania Dental Association's 2014 poster contest.

ADA CE Online features 24 new courses
For health care professionals seeking to achieve higher levels of knowledge through continuing education, ADA CE Online offers over 110 courses, including 24 new courses, designed to immediately help you grow your practice and treat patients.

Time to plan for San Antonio
San Antonio—The "Alamo City" will welcome thousands of dental professionals, families and friends this fall for ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting.

Plan to attend opening session, special CE courses at the Alamodome
San Antonio—President George W. Bush will be the featured speaker at the Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series at ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting, Oct. 9, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Alamodome.

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