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The ADA is celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month in February by offering special patient education materials to help get in touch with kids and pre-teens.

A court hearing requesting preliminary approval of a settlement in a class action lawsuit between dentists and Align Technology Inc. has been scheduled for Dec. 17.

Washington—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will convene a dental advisory panel Dec. 14-15 to discuss “whether FDA appropriately represented the strengths and weaknesses of the available clinical data” in issuing 2009 dental amalgam regulations.

The Council on Dental Practice has updated resource directories of dental appraisers and brokers and practice management consultants, which are available free to ADA members.

The ADA said Dec. 8 that a new Pew study on midlevel dental providers focuses too heavily on the economics of dental care and loses sight of patient oral health.

A change to an existing law will require dentists who supply certain imaging services to give Medicare and Medicaid patients written notification of alternative suppliers.

Washington—The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation exempting certain businesses, including dental practices, from the Federal Trade Commission’s Red Flags Rule.

Washington—The American Dental Association “strongly urges” a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel to support the current regulation of dental amalgam when the advisors meet Dec. 14-15.

Washington—The Senate moved quickly and in bipartisan action this evening to remove certain businesses including dental practices from the Federal Trade Commission’s Red Flags Rule.

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A new report from the World Health Organization reinforces dental amalgam as a safe and effective restorative material and also notes the widespread public health impact of any proposed ban of the material.

In response to a New York Times article on cone-beam computed tomography, the ADA reaffirms its support for the judicious use of all diagnostic imaging techniques and procedures that emit radiation.

Washington—She smiled blissfully, the lady in the slide offered by Dr. Douglas B. Berkey at the ADA National Consensus Conference on the Oral Health of Vulnerable Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities.

Dentists and dental team members seeking additional continuing education for 2010 are reminded to visit ADA CE Online, which offers more than 125 clinical and practice management courses at an affordable rate.

Dr. Michael J. Stablein, the 2010 president of the Chicago Dental Society, died Nov. 14 in Mexico City of an apparent heart attack. He was 61 years old.

Washington—The Association introduced a strategic action plan to improve health literacy in dentistry Nov. 16 at a forum co-hosted by the ADA, American Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Oklahoma City—Oct. 23 was a day of celebration at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as five Community Dental Health Coordinator participants received their white coats in a special recognition ceremony.

Battle Creek, Mich.—The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Nov. 17 announced that it will invest more than $16 million by 2014 in its Dental Therapist Project, focusing on efforts in Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Vermont and Washington.

Oklahoma City—A typical day for Dr. Janet Barresi would be like one any working mom would have.

Biddeford, Maine—Maine residents said "yes" Nov. 2 to the issuance of a $5 million bond to increase dental access by starting a new dental school at the University of New England.

Orlando, Fla.—The House of Delegates is encouraging U.S. dental schools to interact with U.S. dental laboratories and encouraging dental laboratory technicians to be presenters at continuing education seminars, according to resolutions passed at this year’s annual session.

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