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ADA News Today will be on hiatus during the holiday break.

This year, the Association will kick off an initiative of strategic importance to organized dentistry: rebuilding ADA.org, the Association's flagship Web site and a key online destination for dentists and their patients.

The Board of Trustees is seeking candidates for the office of ADA treasurer for the three-year term that begins after the close of the 2009 House of Delegates.

Dental Education: Our Legacy—Our Future has increased its total number of partners to 136 with the addition of Henry Schein Dental, the Chicago Dental Society and Chicago Dental Society Foundation.

San Antonio—Swonke Family Dentistry in Woodlands, Texas, was named Matsco's 2008 Dental Office Design of the Year winner in the small practice category during the ADA annual session Oct. 16-19.

Phenix City, Ala.—Dr. Robert Kinsaul of Phenix City, Ala., the ADA's 2008 Humanitarian Award recipient, has provided volunteer dental care on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.

San Antonio—Amending the ADA Bylaws regarding the duties of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations, the ADA House of Delegates reinforced the council's role to work with internal and external groups to evaluate public health trends, recommend policy and improve access to care, said Dr. Lindsey A. Robinson, council chair.

February is National Children's Dental Health Month and a great time to teach kids healthy habits with entertaining ADA comics, brochures and DVDs.

Baltimore—Dental professionals with a passion for treating patients with special needs will gather April 17-19 at the Hilton Baltimore for the 21st Annual Meeting on Special Care Dentistry.

San Antonio—Offering safe, convenient, educational and fun care for kids whose parents are attending the ADA annual session, ADA Kids Camp received high praise from families who participated while they were in San Antonio this October.

Honolulu—Dental professionals can play an active role in the ADA's sesquicentennial celebration by participating in two new clinical competitions that will debut at the 150th annual session, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2009.

San Antonio—In accepting the final report of the Task Force on the Commission on Dental Accreditation in June, the ADA Board of Trustees noted the impact of the task force's benchmarking study that explored best practices in more than 20 accrediting agencies and placed CODA in perspective within the arena in which it operates.

2008 annual session attendees can learn from continuing education courses they weren't able to attend on-site in San Antonio through the ADA multimedia package.

San Antonio—In Resolution 29H-2008, the House of Delegates approved a plan for the ADA to produce a year-long series of video podcasts for the public on a variety of oral health topics.

Ferney-Voltaire, France—With one of the largest memberships within the FDI World Dental Federation, ADA member dentists have an important role in the organization that serves as the international voice of dentistry.

San Antonio—The following are among dental benefits, practice, science and health resolutions the 2008 House of Delegates adopted during the ADA annual session in October.

Stockholm, Sweden—Dr. Kathryn A. Kell, a general dentist in Davenport, Iowa, was elected the North American Regional Organization's representative to the FDI World Dental Federation council during its annual congress here in September.

Stony Brook, N.Y.—Dr. Ray C. Williams, chair of the Department of Periodontology and Straumann distinguished professor of dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, has been named dean of the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.

San Antonio—Concerns about safety issues regarding unlicensed providers working in teeth-whitening businesses has prompted the ADA House of Delegates to adopt Resolution 73H-2008, which commits the ADA to supporting the education of the public on the importance of consulting a licensed dentist to determine if whitening/bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment.

Washington—The ADA is urging the FTC to indefinitely postpone the effective date of the Red Flags Rule for dentists while reconsidering its applicability to them overall.

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