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2013 Archive

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

    June 10, 2013

    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

    June 06, 2013

    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

    May 20, 2013

    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

    May 15, 2013

    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

    May 09, 2013

    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.

    May 06, 2013

    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!

    May 06, 2013

    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

    May 02, 2013

    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

    April 22, 2013

    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

    April 18, 2013

    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.

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