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2012 Archive

  • Proposed Federal Rule on Health Benefit Packages Fails to Address Critical Oral Health Issues, American Dental Association Tells HHS

    December 21, 2012

    A proposed federal rule affecting implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions establishing health benefit plans within the insurance exchanges does not address a number of critical oral health issues, said the American Dental Association.

  • Dr. Sherwin R. Shinn to Receive 2013 ADA Humanitarian Award

    For the last 22 years, Dr. Sherwin R. Shinn has dedicated his life to providing oral health care to underserved people. For his efforts, Dr. Shinn has been named the 2013 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient.

  • Dentists Rank Highly for Honesty, Ethics in Gallup Poll

    December 11, 2012

    Dentists were named No. 5 for their honesty and ethical standards in a Gallup Poll released this month.

  • Dentists Should Abide By Applicable Laws and Ethical Standards

    December 10, 2012

    The ADA Code of Ethics states that “professionals have a duty to act for the benefit of others. Under this principle, the dentist's primary obligation is service to the patient and the public-at-large. The most important aspect of this obligation is the competent and timely delivery of dental care within the bounds of clinical circumstances presented by the patient, with due consideration being given to the needs, desires and values of the patient. The same ethical considerations apply whether the dentist engages in fee-for-service, managed care or some other practice arrangement.  Dentists may choose to enter into contracts governing the provision of care to a group of patients; however, contract obligations do not excuse dentists from their ethical duty to put the patient's welfare first.”

  • American Dental Association Updates Dental X-Ray Recommendations

    December 05, 2012

    In an effort to decrease radiation exposure to patients, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs collaborated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update the ADA’s recommendations for dental X-ray examinations. The recommendations were released this week.

  • The ADA Library Changes and Transition

    November 21, 2012

    In 2013, the American Dental Association will transition to a private use library with a scope of services that were deemed most valuable by ADA members. The ADA created questions and answers regarding this issue.

  • ADA’s 2013 Dental Code Check App Available for Apple, Android Mobile Devices

    November 15, 2012

    Dental codes are now available at the touch of a button with the  2013 Dental Code Check app.

  • ADA Statement on the American Public Health Association’s Newest Policy on Dental Amalgam

    November 07, 2012

    The American Dental Association supports the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) recent policy statement affirming that dental amalgam is safe and effective in treating dental cavities. The APHA policy notes that amalgam’s contribution to environmental mercury contamination is minimal, and that limiting or curtailing its availability could have negative health consequences, particularly in low-income areas.

  • American Dental Association Bestows Honorary Memberships

    October 30, 2012

    The American Dental Association (ADA) Board of Trustees has recognized the work of two health association executives with ties to dentistry by awarding them with honorary ADA membership.

  • Prevent Infectious Diseases in the Dental Office

    October 29, 2012

    The American Dental Association’s (ADA) newly revised ADA Practical Guide to Effective Infection Control DVD and workbook is on sale now.

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