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Senate Report Alleges Fraud and Abuse by Private-Equity Backed Dental Practices, Underscores the Need for Major Action for Dental Health

The US Senate Committee on Finance this week issued a discouraging report on ways in which some large dental practices are putting profits before patients.  The report is particularly disturbing in that most of the alleged fraud and abuse of patients involved children.  Such conduct is inexcusable, and should be prosecuted vigorously.  However, equally disturbing is the broad brush that implicates a whole class of practice models rather than focusing on the actual offenders.

ADA Accepting Applications for the John W. Stanford New Investigator Award

The American Dental Association (ADA) is accepting applications for the John W. Stanford New Investigator Award through Sep. 30.

ADA: Dental-Related ER Visits Rising in the US

Record numbers of Americans are going to emergency rooms for dental treatment, which is straining the nation’s health care system and increasing health care costs, according to new analysis released by the American Dental Association (ADA).

American Dental Association Wins Top Honors for 2012 Annual Session

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently netted three E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards at the ExpoNext Conference in Baltimore: the Editor's Choice E.X.C.I.T.E. Award for best overall event, along with wins in Best Application of Content/Education on the Showfloor and Best Use of Audiovisual to Enhance an Event.

Action for Dental Health: Do More Providers Mean More Care?

As attention to the dental crisis in America increases, a “shortage of dentists” is frequently cited as a major barrier to access to care for underserved populations.   Proponents of this view further state that retirement among Baby Boomer dentists will worsen the problem.  This then leads to calls for alternative providers to solve this workforce shortage.  But is the size of the dentist workforce really a major factor affecting access disparities?  The facts cast serious doubt on that notion.

American Dental Association Statement on Regular Dental Visits

In light of a new study published in the Journal of Dental Research titled "Patient Stratification for Preventive Care in Dentistry," the ADA wants to remind consumers that the frequency of their regular dental visits should be tailored by their dentists to accommodate for their current oral health status and health history.

ADA, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, CDC Honor Fluoridation Efforts of States, Communities

Marking 68 years of community water fluoridation, the American Dental Association (ADA), the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently honored 112 states and communities with 2012 Fluoridation Awards at the National Oral Health Conference at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.

ADA News Wins Association Media and Publishing’s Awards

The Association Media and Publishing recently honored the American Dental Association’s (ADA) member newspaper, the ADA News, with two Gold awards and one Silver award for outstanding newswriting.

Give Back to New Orleans and Volunteer at Mission of Mercy Charity Event

The American Dental Association (ADA) is rallying its membership to join a Mission of Mercy (MOM) charity dental clinic on Sunday, Nov. 3, in New Orleans, the site of its 2013 Annual Session.

America's Dentists Launch Nationwide Campaign To Address U.S. Dental Crisis

The nation’s leading organization of dentists today announced a nationwide campaign aimed at boldly addressing the dental health crisis in the U.S. The American Dental Association (ADA) campaign – Action for Dental Health: Dentists Making a Difference – aims to reduce the numbers of adults and children with untreated dental disease, through oral health education, prevention and providing treatment now to people in need of care.

ADA: Affordable Care Act Fails to Address Critical Dental Care Issues

When it comes to access to routine dental care – a major determinant of oral health – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) falls well short in its goals of lowering costs, increasing access and improving health outcomes, according to new analysis by the American Dental Association.  But in a series of three new research briefs, the association’s Health Policy Resources Center (HPRC) also reports that state governments have the ability to pick up where the ACA left off, by employing critical policy levers at their disposal.

Do New Zealand’s Dental Therapists Improve Children’s Dental Health More than the US System? The Numbers Say No.

In discussions of workforce issues and the media, New Zealand is frequently hailed as proof that dental therapists are the key to improving the oral health of underserved populations in the US.  The latest example is a brief published by the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign, “Dental Therapists in New Zealand:  What the Evidence Shows.”  But that report contains a significant error, one that undermines Pew’s overall premise. As it turns out, New Zealand and the United States have identical levels of untreated tooth decay in school age children. 

Drop Those Pacifiers!

Parents should be aware that bacteria that cause dental decay can be transmitted from adult to child by sharing eating utensils, or by the parent sucking on a baby’s pacifier to clean it. A study recently published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, about the immunological benefits of adult saliva is limited in scope and does not take into consideration that adult saliva may also contain a variety of microorganisms which may be harmful to health, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

ADA Center for Professional Success to feature University of Florida College of Dentistry Practice Management Program

The ADA Center for Professional Success, a web-based member resource launching this fall, will feature The University of Florida College of Dentistry Executive Practice Management Certificate Program for Dentists intended to help dentists increase their executive-level practice management skills.

ADA Welcomes Surgeon General Endorsement of Community Water Fluoridation

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin today officially endorsed community water fluoridation as “one of the most effective choices communities can make to prevent health problems while actually improving the oral health of their citizens.”

National Dental Spending Flat Since 2008

New analysis released by the American Dental Association indicates that overall spending on dental care has remained flat in recent years, despite the fact that per patient dental spending by Baby Boomers and seniors increased.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

As the nation prepares to observe the 14th Annual Oral Cancer Awareness Month this April, the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP), American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the American Dental Association (ADA) have joined the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) in its campaign to remind everyone that regular oral cancer examinations from your dental professional are the best methods to detect oral cancer in its early stages.

Applications accepted for ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership

The American Dental Association (ADA) Institute for Diversity in Leadership is accepting applications for its 2013 – 2014 class. 

Play it Safe: Prevent Facial Injuries With Simple Sports Safety Precautions

April is National Facial Protection Month and the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the American Dental Association (ADA) are teaming up to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as they prepare to suit up for recreational and organized sports.

ADA Statement on Infection Control in Dental Settings

In light of recent news reports concerning a Tulsa, Okla.-based dental practice, the American Dental Association (ADA) understands that there may be heightened interest in infection control procedures. Regulations for dental office inspections are determined on a state by state basis by the state dental board. 

American Dental Association objects to The Doctor Oz Show segment on dental amalgam

The American Dental Association (ADA) strongly objects to the recent segment about dental amalgam, broadcast on a March 28 segment of "The Dr. Oz Show" and its reliance on sensationalism while ignoring sound science.