ADA weighs in on HHS strategic plan
Washington — As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services develops its strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-22, the ADA is offering recommendations on how the agency can best enhance the oral health and well-being of Americans.
Dr. Kathryn Kell among winners of 15th annual Shils Awards
Philadelphia — The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leadership in health care, awarded FDI president and former ADA trustee Dr. Kathyrn Kell a Shils award Oct. 10.
Champion for expanding access to care earns 2017 Norton M. Ross Award
Dr. Paul Casamassimo muses that his attraction to dentistry as a profession “may be genetic,” considering his father and sister are dentists.
But DNA alone can’t account for Dr. Casamassimo’s accomplishments in the field, such as authoring or editing more than 350 publications; providing direction for pediatric dentists all over the world through his research; and mentoring and training hundreds of pediatric dental students.
New Alliance of the ADA president will ‘build on strong foundation’
Following a year of changes that included a new interactive website and an organizational overhaul, the Alliance of the ADA is preparing for a new year with a president who has proved she’s willing to go the distance in her new role.
Rebuilding after the hurricanes: Practitioners seek assistance at recovery symposium
Houston — More than 60 dentists, physicians and veterinarians affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma met with experts and officials who can help them restore and reopen their practices during a Sept. 23 symposium.
New technology: Dr. Cherae Farmer-Dixon, dean, at the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, watches as fourth-year student Malcolm Shealer demonstrates the Microsoft Hololens during the Sept. 22 Health 2020 Future of Health Town Hall and Innovation Showcase in Washington, D.C.
To increase dental care access, Bay Area dentist starts nonprofit
Oakland, Calif. — Dr. Daniel Nam was looking for a different way to increase access to dental care, especially for those who are uninsured or underserved, in the Bay Area when he received an email from an Alameda Dental Society colleague, Dr. Sharine Thenard.
Snapshots of American Dentistry — October 16, 2017
Doctor-patient relationship key to success in dental care
Dr. Joseph P. Crowley discusses dental benefits, Find-a-Dentist, more
AAPD issues first evidence-based guideline on silver diamine fluoride use
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry announced Oct. 11 that it issued the first evidence-based guideline on the use of silver diamine fluoride to treat caries in pediatric and special needs patients.
St. Louis Dental Center team donates dental treatment to military veterans
St. Louis Dental Center team donates dental treatment to military veterans
American Optometric Associations visits ADA
Working together: ADA President-elect Joseph P. Crowley (left) and American Optometric Association President Christopher J. Quinn pose during AOA’s Oct. 12 visit to ADA Headquarters in Chicago. The day’s agenda included the ADA-AOA’s ongoing partnerships to repeal the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurance and to address dental and vision plan issues such as noncovered services through federal legislation. AOA also talked with Health Policy Institute staff about AOA’s plans to launch their own think tank.
Social media webinar scheduled for Nov. 9 to help dentists market their practices
Dentists might have a winning personality, but if they aren’t posting on social media channels, they could be missing out on recruiting more patients into their chairs.
That is why the ADA is hosting a webinar Nov. 9 from 2-3 p.m. on how dentists can use social media such as Facebook and Snapchat to market their practices.
FDA finalizes guidance on the prohibition of distributing free samples of tobacco products
Silver Spring, Md.—The Food and Drug Administration announced Oct. 11 that it has finalized guidance on the prohibition of distributing free samples of tobacco products.
Michigan, others receive NIDCR grants to study caries risk, prevention
The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is a recipient of two National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grants totaling $18.3 million to expand research into predicting caries risk in young children and assessing the efficacy of silver diamine fluoride.
HPI dental market webinar set for Nov. 1
The ADA Health Policy Institute will host “The State of the Dental Care Market” webinar at 11 a.m. CDT on Nov. 1.
ADA collaboration seeks to help streamline credentialing process for dentists
In an effort to reduce administrative burdens for dentists, the ADA and the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) are partnering to help streamline the credentialing process for dentists and participating organizations, such as payers, hospitals and employers.
Health Volunteers Overseas' Peruvian project seeks oral and maxillofacial surgeons
Dr. Frost, a member of the ADA Foundation International Programs Committee, is the director for a new Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) oral health project at the Craniofacial Center of the Hospital Regional Docente Las Mecedes in Chicalayo, Peru.
American Academy of Periodontology publishes proceedings on cone-beam computed tomography
When to use and when not to use cone-beam computed tomography for certain periodontal related procedures and implants is the topic of proceedings published by the American Academy of Periodontology in October.
Veterans Day: From bomber pilot to dentist, Dr. Kasper says it's a wonderful life
A little more than 550,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are still alive. One of them is Dr. Robert Kasper, 95, who ran a private dental practice in Detroit for more than 30 years and retired in the mid-1980s.
ADA Foundation names new executive director
The ADA Foundation Board of Directors announced Oct. 10 that it has named Nick Falco as the ADA Foundation's new executive director, effective Oct. 16.
Nitrous oxide still in shortage
Washington — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration still considered nitrous oxide as being in shortage as of Oct. 10.
ADA, ADA Foundation mobilize to help Puerto Rico's dentists
The ADA and ADA Foundation have teamed together to lead a unified effort to help the dentists of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria's devastation of the island.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to commence transition to new Medicare cards
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mailed letters Oct. 5 to all fee-for-service Medicare providers about its work to assign new numbers — known as Medicare beneficiary identifiers or MBIs — and issue new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare commencing in April 2018.
ADA member dentist among authors of national report on opioids epidemic
An estimated 2.5 million Americans struggle with opioid dependence, according to the National Academy of Medicine.
ADA asks Congress to include one-time surgical procedures in response to opioid crisis
The ADA submitted a statement to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions recommending that the federal response to the opioid crisis.
Ins and outs of treating older patients focus of toolkit
Dr. Gregory Folse grew up in Southern Louisiana — Bayou Country — occasionally accompanying his grandfather, a physician, on house calls, driving down dirt roads to visit older adults, many who had special needs.
Discovering group practice subject of Las Vegas conference
Las Vegas — Those who believe that practicing in a group setting is more or less the same as being in a solo practice should roll the dice again.
That is the idea behind BIG IDEA 2018: Discovering Group Practice, a Jan. 31, 2018, conference at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, presented by the ADA Council on Dental Practice in conjunction with the American Academy of Dental Group Practice Expo ’18.
Products that remove plaque, halt bad breath earn ADA Seal
Several oral health care products, including battery-operated water flossers and an alcohol-free rinse, have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance this year.
West Virginia University dental school and Center for Research and Education in Technology celebrate opening of clinic
The West Virginia University School of Dentistry and the Center for Research and Education in Technology celebrated the opening of the CRET Innovation Center Sept. 21 in Morgantown, West Virginia, a state-of-the-art dental clinic which will provide fourth-year students an educational experience to learn the latest in dental digital technologies while providing oral health care to people living in West Virginia.
In seeking to increase dental care access, Bay Area dentist starts nonprofit
Oakland, Calif. —Dr. Daniel Nam was looking for a different way to increase access to dental care, especially for those who are uninsured or underserved, in the Bay Area when he received an email from an Alameda Dental Society colleague, Dr. Sharine Thenard.
University of Pacific dental students win Student Ethics Video Contest
Three dental students from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry with a video called “Ethical Loupes” won the 2017 Student Ethics Video Contest.
Congressional dentists express ‘strong support’ for ADAF Volpe Research Center agreement
Four dentists in Congress expressed their ongoing support for the cooperative venture between National Institute for Standards and Technology and the American Dental Association Foundation’s Volpe Research Center.
Oral Health America honors Rep. Lewis, Sen. Brown
Breaking down barriers to health equity is the theme of Oral Health America's 2017 advocacy week, and that's just what the conversation covered during the organization's Oct. 3 ceremony honoring Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons joins project to reduce opioid abuse
Parsippany, N.J. — The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons joined a research project in September with Pacira Pharmaceuticals and Aetna in a national program aimed at reducing the amount of opioids prescribed to patients undergoing third molar extractions.
Dr. Joe Crowley’s core values are close to home
ow many people are lucky enough to love the place they’ve called home since they were born? Lucky enough to grow up knowing the neighbors because they shopped at your dad’s store and later, knowing them as their dentist — and finding that being called “Joey” by patients who’ve watched you grow up made perfect sense.
ADA Foundation distinguishes GKAS award recipients
The president of the Hawaii Dental Association’s Young Dentist Group and the head of Premier Dental Products Co. are the recipients of the ADA Foundation’s Smile Champion Awards for Give Kids A Smile, the Foundation announced in September.
Get ready for Give Kids A Smile 2018
The ADA Foundation is reminding Give Kids A Smile program coordinators to register their events by Nov. 6 to be eligible to receive donated product kits.
Help Atlanta family violence victims during ADA 2017
Atlanta – Two local philanthropic organizations will benefit thanks to the Alliance of the American Dental Association’s service project at ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting, and ADA members are invited to join in the effort.
Just the Facts — October 2, 2017
New dentist nominees sought for ADA 10 Under 10 Awards
Do you know of new dentists making an impact in their community?
The American Dental Association is seeking nominations through Dec. 31 to recognize 10 new dentists who are demonstrating excellence in their work and inspiring others.
VA selects Delta Dental, Met Life to offer private dental plans to veterans
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 28 that it has selected Delta Dental of California and MetLife to once again offer private dental insurance plans as part of the VA Dental Insurance Program.
ADA, others ask Congress to extend children's coverage
The ADA, Children's Dental Health Project and more than 100 stakeholders want federal legislators to know: The oral health community is united in calling upon Congress to take action and to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program for at least 5 years.