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ADA Comments on the Report "A Costly Dental Destination"

Washington, D.C. - The American Dental Association agrees with much of the report, "A Costly Dental Destination," released today by the Pew Center on the States, which points up the burden placed on already strained hospital emergency departments by patients needing dental care.

Dental Associations Urge Governments, United Nations to Address Global Impact of Oral Disease

CHICAGO, Feb. 24, 2012 –Meeting today at the American Dental Association (ADA) headquarters, the ADA, FDI World Dental Federation and dental associations around the world urged their respective governments and the United Nations (U.N.) to recognize and address the global impact of oral disease. The ADA is a member of the FDI, an international organization comprised of approximately 200 national dental associations and specialist groups.

Statement by ADA President William R. Calnon, D.D.S., at Rep. Elijah Cummings Forum on Children's Dental Health

Baltimore, Feb. 22, 2012—"Five years ago we lost a boy to dental disease that could easily have been prevented or treated early in its progress. Deamonte Driver's death was a wakeup call to which the state of Maryland has responded admirably, putting new systems in place and bringing more dentists into the Medicaid system. 

American Dental Association Establishes John W. Stanford New Investigator Award for Standards-Related Research Paper

CHICAGO, Feb 7, 2012 – The American Dental Association (ADA) is accepting applications for the new John W. Stanford New Investigator Award. The award highlights the crucial role dental standards play in assuring patient health and safety and the efficacy of dental products. 

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, ADA’s National ‘Give Kids A Smile®’ Kicks Off 10th Anniversary Celebration

CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2012— The American Dental Association (ADA) shines a light on dental health for children during February, marking the 10th anniversary of its Give Kids A Smile program as well as its annual National Children’s Dental Health Month.A decade of mobilizing dental volunteers

American Dental Association Names New Education/Professional Affairs Chief

CHICAGO, Dec. 19, 2011 – The American Dental Association (ADA) recently announced the appointment of Anthony J. Ziebert, D.D.S., M.S., as its senior vice president for Education/Professional Affairs effective Dec. 19. As leader of the division, Dr. Ziebert’s responsibilities will include overseeing criteria for dental school accreditation and dental education and licensure, dental school admission testing and continuing dental education.

The ADA Practical Guide to Creating an Employee Office Manual

CHICAGO, Dec. 8, 2011–The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering the newly revised ADA Practical Guide to Creating an Employee Office Manual which assists dental practices in creating customized employee office manuals. Written and reviewed by a team of ADA professionals, Creating an Employee Office Manual addresses many common employment issues and contains sample forms, checklists, policies and procedures. These documents are included in Microsoft Word format on the book’s accompanying CD-ROM for quick and easy customization for each dental practice’s unique needs.

Statement by American Dental Association President William R. Calnon, D.D.S., on Dental Disease Epidemic in Pine Ridge

Washington, D.C., Nov. 2, 2011 — “Native Americans suffer from inadequate access to dental care and the resulting disease in dramatically greater proportion than the general population."

ADA President Thanks Department of Health and Human Services for Naming Oral Health as ‘Leading Health Indicator’

Washington, Oct. 31, 2011 – ADA President William R. Calnon, D.D.S. thanked the Department of Health and Human Services today for including oral health among the “leading health indicators” (LHIs) used to evaluate the nation’s progress in promoting health care objectives outlined in Healthy People 2020.

Massachusetts Dentist Chosen President-Elect of the American Dental Association

CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2011 – Robert A. Faiella, D.M.D., M.M.SC., who practices Periodontics in Osterville, Mass., was recently selected as president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA).  Dr.  Faiella’s election took place during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in Las Vegas.

New York Dentist Named President of the American Dental Association

CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2011 – William R. Calnon, D.D.S., who practices general dentistry in Rochester, N.Y., is the 2011-2012 president of the American Dental Association (ADA).  Dr. Calnon’s induction took place during the ADA’s 152nd Annual Session in Las Vegas.

Statement by ADA President Raymond F. Gist on W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Dental Access Survey

Washington, D.C., Oct. 4, 2011—"Kellogg’s reported findings on people’s need for better access to care are consistent with what the ADA, federal and state governments, and numerous other stakeholders have said for years, and it is good to have that message reinforced.  Breaking down the barriers that impede people’s ability to attain good oral health is our highest priority.  State and local dental societies and our 156,000 members share this priority, and understand that it will take multiple solutions to achieve it. 

Young NASCAR Fans to Receive Free Dental Treatment, Education at NASCAR Charlotte Race Weekend

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 13, 2011 –The American Dental Association’s (ADA) Give Kids A Smile® program, Henry Schein Cares, Inc., and 3M ESPE are teaming up to put good oral health on the fast track for young fans of NASCAR.

Scientific Panel Issues Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations: Sugar-Free Polyol Gum, Lozenges and Hard Candy, Nonfluoride Varnishes Help Prevent Cavities

CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2011 – A multi-disciplinary expert panel, convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs, issued a report this month containing clinical recommendations that sugar-free chewing gum, lozenges and hard candy including  xylitol or polyol combinations, and a prescription varnish with chlorhexidine and thymol could be beneficial in preventing cavities when used as adjuncts to a comprehensive cavity prevention  program which includes the use of fluoride-containing products. The panel noted in its report that these nonfluoride options could provide an extra benefit to prevent cavities in patients at high risk for developing cavities when used in addition to products such as toothpaste, dental sealants and varnishes that contain fluoride as well as community water fluoridation and good eating habits.

American Dental Association Offers "The ADA Practical Guide to Frequently Asked Legal Questions"

CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2011 – The American Dental Association (ADA) recently launched The ADA Practical Guide to Frequently Asked Legal Questions as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook e-readers.

ADA Statement Calls for Repairing the Tattered Dental Safety Net

WASHINGTON - August 16, 2011—The American Dental Association today released the second in a series of papers that examine the challenges and solutions to bringing good oral health to millions of Americans, including the growing population whose only possible source of dental care is the so-called oral health safety net.

Dentists, Pharmacists Raise Awareness of Medication-Induced Dry Mouth

CHICAGO, August 11, 2011 – Leading dental and pharmacy organizations are teaming up to promote oral health and raise public awareness of dry mouth, a side effect commonly caused by taking prescription and over-the-counter medications.  More than 500 medications can contribute to oral dryness, including antihistamines (for allergy or asthma), antihypertensive medications (for blood pressure), decongestants, pain medications, diuretics and antidepressants.  In its most severe form, dry mouth can lead to extensive tooth decay, mouth sores and oral infections, particularly among the elderly.

ADA President Raymond Gist, D.D.S., Comments on Harvard Study Examining Fluoride Levels in Bone

CHICAGO, July 28, 2011—A new study in the Journal of Dental Research finds bone fluoride levels are not associated with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer more prevalent in males.

American Dental Association Hosts National Dental Benefits Conference Aug. 5 in Chicago

CHICAGO, July 8, 2011 – The American Dental Association (ADA) invites dentists and their staffs to learn about dental insurance benefits, electronic health records and the role of dental carriers in disease management at the National Dental Benefits Conference Aug 5, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at ADA Headquarters, 211 E. Chicago Ave.

Statement by ADA President Raymond F. Gist, D.D.S., on the Institute of Medicine’s Report "Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations"

CHICAGO, July 13, 2011 - "We welcome the IOM’s ambitious 243-page report on ways to improve the nation’s oral health care delivery system, and we look forward to reviewing it in greater detail.  Based on the report’s summary, we agree wholeheartedly with many of its recommendations.  In fact, many of them reflect policies and programs that the ADA has had in place for years.