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2014 ADA News Year in Review

January 06, 2015

The unveiling of the new ADA website, what King Richard III's remains say about dentistry in the Middle Ages, the Action for Dental Health report to Congress, and ADA 2014 — America's Dental Meeting in San Antonio: It was a busy year for dentistry. Here are 30 of the top stories from 2014 as selected by ADA News editors.

Jan. 6: Dentists remain cautious about economy, survey shows: Dentists are more optimistic about the economic conditions of their practices than they were at this time last year, but they still are far from being fully confident, according to new survey results.
Jan. 20: ADA Honors 2014 Humanitarian Award recipient: Dr. Raymond S. Damazo receives the ADA’s highest honor in recognition for his work to bring dental care to remote areas of Africa.
Feb. 3: Surgeon General updates tobacco, oral health links: The U.S. Surgeon General’s 50th anniversary review of tobacco science expands the list of illnesses “casually associated” with active smoking.
Feb 6: Chicago-area dentist honored for service to the homeless – To feed the homeless, every Tuesday and Friday, Dr. Patrick Angelo drives from his home in the northwest side of Chicago to a near downtown McDonald's to buy some 80 hamburgers and 47 coffees. He was recognized by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council.
Feb. 17: Sun shines on GKAS kickoff: Leaders celebrate Give Kids A Smile Day in Washington D.C.
March 3: Chicago Dental Society honors NASCAR’s Greg Biffle for GKAS efforts: 3M ESPE’s Jodi Case, professional relations program manager, and John Stefanick, director, industry & professional relations, present the Chicago Dental Society’s George H. Cushing Award to NASCAR star Greg Biffle at Daytona International Speedway Feb. 23.
April 7: King Richard III remains provide insights on oral health, dentistry in the Middle Ages: The stereotype often seen in movies of peasants with blackened and gapped teeth during the Middle Ages may just be a myth. Thanks to the remains of King Richard III of England, which were discovered in 2012, researchers continue to gain a better understanding of the oral hygiene habits of that era.
April 21: Follow Bob: ADA CE series to track patient from diagnosis to recovery; in an effort to vitalize online continuing education and creating ADA member value, Bob's case will be part of a CE online series where ADA members are able follow his treatment — from diagnosis to surgery — through courses to be posted on ADA CE Online.
May 5: ADA unveils redesigned website: The ADA launched a completely revamped and restructured website designed to help members explore ADA.org easier and faster, whether through a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone.
May 16: A message from the ADA president: Dr. Charles Norman, ADA 2013-14 president, explains the Power of Three in a letter to members, citing a new common vision.
May 19: Personal crusade saves lives: Dr. Steve Conlon, Grand Rapids, Mich., collects an oral swab from patient Jennifer Pohlman, for submission to become a registered bone marrow donor. Dr. Conlon established a dental office protocol for bone marrow registry drives that has been used in Michigan, Georgia and New York.
May 19: ADA delivers Action for Dental Health report to Congress: Dental leaders delivered a report to Congress during the May 19-21 Washington Leadership Conference describing Action for Dental Health initiatives across the country and urging lawmakers to cosponsor legislation to support this "grassroots movement to solve the dental health crisis in America."
June 2: ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center dedicated: Leaders dedicate the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center on the campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland.
July 1: ADA, leading health groups urge MLB, Players Association to ban tobacco use at ballparks: The American Dental Association joined eight other major medical and public health organizations in urging Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to prohibit tobacco use at ballparks and on camera, prompting a response from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.
July 14: Two schools, one race car: As part of the NASCAR race week at the Kentucky Speedway prior to the Quaker State 400 race, the ADA’s Give Kids A Smile program and 3M Racing visited schools in Cincinnati and Kentucky to educate students on good oral health and caries prevention.
July 14: Stakeholders explore comprehensive dental education study: About 40 stakeholders met June 19-20 at ADA Headquarters and worked on a landmark study on current dental education models and dental education's future. Their goal: To more clearly define the questions that a comprehensive study on dental education should address and explore how the study could be conducted.
July 14: Five states share ADA technology: Aptify, a new software that will replace outdated systems formerly used for membership records and other functions, began its rollout to state associations in 2014. Aptify is a faster, more flexible software that allows the ADA to interface with states in an effort to provide better service to members at whatever point they connect with the Association—national, state or local.
Sept. 15: Dr. Carl Misch receives 2014 Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Carl E. Misch (left) accepted the Distinguished Service Award from ADA President Charles Norman Aug. 23 in Chicago at the International Congress of Oral Implantologists Summer Implant Prosthetic Symposium. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor that the ADA confers.
Oct. 6: New president, board members elected to serve ADA Foundation: Dr. Reneida E. Reyes is the new president of the ADA Foundation Board, elected to a two-year term at the board's Sept. 16 meeting at ADA Headquarters. The board also elected four existing members to serve as vice presidents and five new members to serve four-year terms.
Oct. 6: Pharmacology expert claims Norton M. Ross Award: Thanks to his winning career trajectory, Dr. Sebastian G. Ciancio, a noted pharmacology expert, earned the 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.
Oct. 6: National Quality Forum endorses DQA measures: The National Quality Forum, considered a gold standard for evaluating health care quality, has endorsed five measures put forth by the Dental Quality Alliance.
Oct. 20: New smile at ADA MOM: San Antonio resident Erica Hinton gives a thumbs up after having extractions and restorations at the ADA Mission of Mercy Oct. 12 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Her care providers, from left, include Dr. Raleigh Wright, Angier, N.C., and dental assistants Tuan Le and Marcissa Rogel. Photo by EZ Event Photography
Oct 20: Dr. Robert Weyant earns inaugural ADA/AADR EBD Faculty Award: Dr. Robert Weyant, center, is the first recipient of the ADA/AADR Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty Award. Dr. Weyant poses with then-ADA President Charles Norman, left, and AADR President Timothy DeRouen. Photo by EZ Event Photography
Oct 20: ADA Foundation honors past president; unveils new award in his name: Dr. David Whiston, outgoing ADA Foundation president (right), with Dr. Robert Ferris, a Foundation volunteer, after Dr. Ferris announced a new leadership award in honor of Dr. Whiston at a meet-and-greet event at ADA 2014. Photo by EZ Event Photography
Oct 20: Genetic testing forum: A near capacity crowd listens Oct. 11 during a forum at ADA 2014 – America’s Dental Meeting in San Antonio as a panel of experts explores current science and clinical applications for genetic testing in oral medicine. Photo by EZ Event Photography
Oct 20: Ad Council launches new PSAs at ADA 2014: On hand for the screening of three new public service announcements from the Ad Council and The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives are, from left, Dr. Maria Lopez Howell, a San Antonio dentist and ADA spokesperson; Kristina Guerrero, former E! News host and Kids Healthy Mouths spokesperson; Priscilla Natkins, director of client services for the Ad Council; and Dr. Charles Norman, then-ADA president. Photo by EZ Event Photography
Nov. 3: House of Delegates approves new agency to oversee CERP: The 2014 House of Delegates voted to establish a new commission to oversee the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program in an effort to remove potential conflicts of interest and enhance the governance of CERP. Photo by EZ Event Photography
Nov. 3: ADA launches new long-term care campaign: Dr. Paul Glassman, chair of the National Elder Care Advisory Committee, welcomes state dental society participants to ADA Headquarters Sept. 26 for a daylong session on long-term care. The daylong meeting is part of the ADA's Long-term Care Dental Campaign, which also includes an online continuing education course.
Nov. 14: Dr. Feinberg takes office as ADA president: Dr. Maxine Feinberg and new and returning ADA officers and trustees were installed in their offices during proceedings of the 2014 House of Delegates, gathered at the ADA's 155th annual meeting in San Antonio.
Nov. 17: Member dentists elected to Congress: Voters elected three ADA member dentists to the 114th Congress, all with hefty margins of victory.