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This year's Dental Laboratory Summit, held Feb. 19 at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, was an interactive meeting where attendees engaged in lively dialogue about current issues and possible future scenarios facing the dental laboratory industry.

Buffalo, N.Y.—Heroes don't always wear capes or run into burning buildings. Sometimes they wear white coats, barrier gowns, gloves, goggles—or even Tooth Fairy costumes—and they treat problems in the mouth.

Springfield, Va.—A dental relief organization has chosen a traditional teeth-cleaning twig as its namesake and the symbol of its mission.

Garden City, N.Y.—Katy Perry's hit song and music video "Roar" got a Give Kids A Smile treatment as fourth graders from Bayview Avenue School in Freeport, N.Y., sang out brushing instructions on how to get the "smile of a tiger."

Embracing the mission to celebrate Give Kids A Smile all year long, 18 NextLevel Practice-affiliated dental offices nationwide donated $75,000 in free dental services in October 2013.

Birmingham, Ala.—It only took a few seconds for A.J. Fennell to take an iPhone photo of the snow blanketing the downtown rooftops on a rare Feb. 12 snowstorm in the South.

Augusta, Ga.—Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine named Dr. Carol A. Lefebvre as dean.

It's not too late to nominate an ADA member dentist or dental student for the ADA Certificate for International Volunteer Service.

Washington—The Association urged federal health officials to exclude dentists from proposed regulations that would deny claims for Medicare Part D drugs unless the prescriber is enrolled in Medicare or has a valid opt-out affidavit on file.

"Dentists across the country are tackling the barriers that impede too many Americans from adequate access to regular dental care," said ADA President Dr. Charles Norman. "As part of the Action for Dental Health movement, we are sharing their stories to recognize those already involved and encourage others to join them."

Washington—ADA's Give Kids A Smile Day "has grown to become the world's largest oral health charitable program," Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., told the U.S. House of Representatives in a speech commending GKAS volunteers.

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