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Global Connections

Global Connections is a monthly e-communication sent to all current International Members of the ADA to inform them of current issues and events affecting global oral health.

April 2016

There's still time to renew your ADA membership (if you haven't already)

Take a moment to renew your ADA membership and ensure uninterrupted access to members-only ADA resources and products. If you have already renewed for 2016, the ADA thanks you for your continued support.

Don't miss out on your exclusive benefits of membership such as the ADA Center for Evidence Based Dentistry,  The Journal of the American Dental Association, practice management resources and online continuing education.

Join nearly 2,000 of your international colleagues by renewing your membership today.

Says Dr. Adrian Celkupa, an ADA member since 2011 from Durres, Albania, “I am honored to be a member of the American Dental Association. The ADA is one of the most prestigious associations in dentistry and it helps me remain well informed about dental innovations.”

Enhance your clinical skills with evidence-based tools

“We support ADA members by developing resources that dentists can immediately put into practice,” explains Dr. Alonso Carrasco-Labra, director of the ADA Center for Evidence Based Dentistry. The Center provides numerous online resources that include clinical practice guidelines, systematic reviews, evidence synopses, podcasts, webinars and tutorials.

According to Dr. Carrasco-Labra, evidence-based dentistry represents “the integration of the best available scientific evidence, patients’ values and preferences, and clinical expertise.” He adds, “The ADA strives to be to be the premier source of information for clinical decision-making to improve the quality of dental care.”

One of the most-requested articles from The Journal of the American Dental Association in the past year was an EBD paper on the use of antibiotic prophylaxis in patients with hip and knee replacement, which generated 77,000 downloaded worldwide.

Check out the latest EBD continuing education opportunity offered during ADA 2016. To express your interest in attending, please email ebd@ada.org to receive a notification when registration has opened.

Dental videos for patients in ADA Toothflix app

If your practice uses iPads in patient care, Toothflix 2.0 is the educational app for you! The app includes ADA Toothflix 2.0 videos in both English and Spanish. You can email any of the 26 videos to patients before or after a consult; mark your favorite videos or even the exact video clips you show most often.

View product details or place an order. International members can save 20% on the Toothflix app by using promo code 16514 at checkout before June 30, 2016.

Leading science in JADA

In this month’s issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, the efficacy and safety of pilocarpine for of radiation-induced xeroxtomia in patients with head and neck cancer is reviewed using a systematic search including meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials.

Read full-text articles online, including a review of how meta-analysis can be a useful tool for summarizing existing studies by providing a means to address conflicting reports and an evidence summary of the management of the care of patients taking novel oral antiplatelet drugs undergoing dental surgery.