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2011 News Archive

The Dental Quality Alliance invites members and other observers to attend its next meeting, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at ADA Headquarters in Chicago.

Manufacturers display their wares during Annual Session in Las Vegas at the ADA World Marketplace Exhibition Oct. 10-12.

Big help: This year’s Committee on Local Arrangements got a helping hand from Scarlett Cozine, age 4, who poses here Oct. 12 with her proud grandfather, Dr. Rick Thiriot, Henderson Nev., at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Las Vegas—The doctors’ questions about amalgam separators were not why do I have to do this but how do I do this, said Dr. James Westman, the self-styled “dentist answer man” fielding questions at the ADA Professional Product Review’s Product Forum Oct. 10-12 during Annual Session.

ADA members who accept debit cards as payment may notice a change in their processing rates.

The Board of Trustees approved the 2011-12 ADA council, committee and commission chairs at its September meeting.

Las Vegas—The 2011 Student Ambassador Program featured the second annual awards ceremony for outstanding recruitment efforts undertaken by students.

Washington—Members of an ADA-supported business coalition “strongly urge” the Senate to support House-passed legislation and repeal a 3 percent withholding tax scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2013. The Senate was expected to take up repeal legislation early in November.

Washington—A broad-based coalition of dental and other health care advocates applauded Department of Health and Human Services “recognition” of oral health as a leading indicator of the overall health of the U.S. population and access to care as a chief objective for Healthy People 2020.

Washington—The ADA and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry urged the Health Resources and Services Administration to reject a federal advisory panel’s dental workforce recommendations in a draft health personnel report to Congress.

Lansing, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder, in a special health care message Sept. 14, praised the profession’s oral health initiatives as important to the health of Michigan residents and urged state and federal funding hikes to expand and sustain them. 

Washington—The American Dental Association joined 76 general industry and trade organizations in urging Congress to extend bonus depreciation and small business expensing tax provisions.

Sun Valley, Idaho—It's of Dr. Jack Mooney's opinion that you not wait. 

The PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program, which has served more than 62,381 children in New York’s Sullivan and Ulster counties since 1996, has launched a new mobile clinic to treat children at local schools who might otherwise have transportation issues that limit access to dental care.

Grand Junction, Colo.—Last September, a unanimous decision was made.


Cambridge, Mass.—After finishing the weeklong ADA/Forsyth Evidence-Based Dentistry course, Dr. Phillip Woods was exhausted.

Stone Mountain, Ga.—When the Alliance of the Georgia Dental Association asked Debbie Torbush to plan a holiday party 10 years ago, she started down a path that would lead to her installation as national president Wednesday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has approved for circulation for review and comment a proposed revision to ANSI/ADA Specification No. 125-2009 for Manual Interdental Brushes.

If you're not currently a member dentist, consider applying today.  Dentists who join in the last quarter of the year are eligible for $0 national dues through Dec.31, and many state and local dental societies match that rate.

Washington—The Medical Musical Group Symphony Orchestra and Chorale seeks participants. MMG will perform twin “Healing for the Nations” concerts in Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 9 and 15.

Dental practices buying new instruments, radiography equipment or entire dental units can dispose of or recycle old equipment, but they can also opt for donating gently used equipment to benefit others.

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