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American Dental Association Launches Podcast Program for Public

Oral health information presented in entertaining Webisodes

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CHICAGO, Sept. 28, 2009—The American Dental Association (ADA) is launching "Straight from the Mouth," a new video podcast series for the public, to provide oral health information in amusing three to five-minute Webisodes.

Posted monthly, the podcasts are a new resource for people seeking health information online and will be available on iTunes and the ADA Web site The podcasts feature such dental health topics as tooth whitening, overcoming dental anxiety, dental care for children and dental care while traveling to other countries.

"We're having a lot of fun with these, but at the heart of each episode is sound clinical and scientific information to help people maintain their oral health," said Ruchi Nijjar Sahota, D.D.S., a practicing dentist in Freemont, Calif., who co-hosts the show with Eric Grove, D.D.S, who graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry just this year.

The first episode of "Straight from the Mouth" focuses on overcoming dental anxiety.

"Movies and TV shows make fun of dental anxiety," said Dr. Grove. "But people who suffer from it also can suffer the consequences of neglecting their teeth and gums, and that's no joke. In our podcast, we joke around a little, but we also offer practical tips to help people overcome anxiety. Regular dental care is important, and dentists want to make their patients' visits as comfortable as possible."

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website