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Highlights from the current print edition—April 7, 2014

CDA backs patient protection bill
Sacramento, Calif.—The California Dental Association wants patients to get what they pay for.

Nova dental student-run GKAS event continues to grow
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Fla.—Nova Southeastern University's student-run Give Kids A Smile March 8 event provided dental care to about 325 children—the most in its 11-year history.

NIDCR to issue 2014-19 strategic plan
Bethesda, Md.—The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research will unveil a five-year strategic plan for dental research late this spring. "The plan offers a clear and concise narrative of where today's research investments might yield tomorrow's clinical advances," said Dr. Martha J. Somerman, NIDCR director.

Mark your calendar for ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting
ADA 2014—America's Dental Meeting is Oct. 9-14 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, and registration opens May 1.

Just the Facts-April 7

Nominations sought for 2014 Golden Apple awards
Do you have any achievements that you're particularly proud of?

Snapshots of American Dentistry-April 7

Educating at the Healthy Children Expo

ACA grace period may yield sticky situation
Patients who utilize the Affordable Care Act for their dental coverage may receive a tax credit that would allow them a grace period, giving them more time to pay their premiums. However, it may create a precarious situation for dentists.

ADA urges student loan reforms
Washington—The ADA and dental coalition organizations urged Congress to support student loan reforms proposed in separate bills. "It will not eliminate the significant burden of dental student debt, but it is an important step in that direction," the dental groups told House and Senate leaders.

Action for Dental Health movement
Stories that showcase ADA's Action for Dental Health are posted online at the ADH landing site at as they develop. Dr. Charles Norman, Association president, introduced these stories in the March 17 ADA News print edition, inviting readers to share their ADH stories.

VCU establishes chair to support residency program
Richmond, Va.—Dr. A. Omar Abubaker, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry's chair of its Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, can add a new title under his name.

Norton M. Ross clinical research award
The ADA is accepting nominations until June 20 for the 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.

Dental scientist probes mysteries of narwhal's 'unicorn' tooth
Boston—Dr. Martin Nweeia and research colleagues cite new evidence of how "the most extraordinary tooth in nature" interprets its icy Arctic environment for the narwhal, the near mythological whale with the spiraling tusk that is a tooth 6 to 9 feet long.

Narwhal studies

Standards working group aims to clarify nickel-free label in dental products manufacturing
An International Organization for Standardization working group wants manufacturers to modify labels that proclaim a dental product nickel-free even as potentially harmful trace amounts remain in metal materials.

AADR honors Dr. Ray Bowen with Distinguished Scientist Award
Charlotte, N.C.—Dr. Ray Bowen, of the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center, received the 2014 American Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award March 19 here at the AADR 43rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

ADA HPRC recommends classification system for dental group practices
The meaning of the term "group practice" has evolved.

PBHS Q&A: Internet presence key to new patient growth
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of articles about Internet marketing that features interviews with ADA members to describe how PBHS, the website and marketing services provider endorsed by ADA Business Resources, is helping dentists address today's marketing challenges.

Online dental marketing efforts driven by more using social media
The use of social media as a platform to promote, as well as educate and engage patients, is no longer just a viable marketing strategy but one that must be utilized to stay competitive, according to PBHS.

Register for AAP annual spring conference
The American Academy of Periodontology is inviting dentists and dental team members to its annual spring conference in Chicago.

ADA Guide to Dental Letters simplifies tasks
Need to welcome a new patient? Update content on your practice's website? Or maybe explain how dental insurance works?

King Richard III remains provide insights on oral health, dentistry in the Middle Ages
The stereotype often seen in movies of peasants with blackened and gapped teeth during the Middle Ages may just be a myth.

ADA/Kellogg executive management program registration opens
Looking to enhance your dental experience and clinical training with enhanced management skills?

GKAS Oakland treats 41 children

Dr. Jane Selbe dies March 8
Santa Fe, N.M.—Dr. Jane Selbe, a trailblazer for women dentists as a clinician, mentor and leader, died at her home in Santa Fe on March 8. She was 87.

Industry Watch
Editor’s note: For a closer look at what is happening with manufacturers and companies in dentistry today, the ADA News is launching Industry Watch. The aim is to feature news about industry achievements, outreach and the people who bring dental products to the office. The ADA News welcomes dental industry news items at

More than 75 countries celebrate World Oral Health Day
Dental professionals and others in more than 75 countries worldwide held programs and ceremonies March 20 “Celebrating Healthy Smiles” for World Oral Health Day.

Time to apply for 2014 GKAS Institute grants
Give Kids A Smile coordinators nationwide can learn hands-on how to launch, expand or enhance their programs by applying for a 2014 Give Kids A Smile Community Leadership Development Institute grant.

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