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Prior to his participation in the ADA Kellogg Executive Management Program for Dentists, Dr. Stephen Lim, a general dentist from New York and a 2001 New York University College of Dentistry graduate, says he made many of his business decisions based on common sense.

A group of 50 constituent society leaders immersed themselves in tripartite issues Jan. 26-27 for the annual President-Elect's Conference at ADA Headquarters.

I thought I had seen it all … that is, until a new (?) wrinkle (pun intended) reared its ugly head.
With dental disease among pre-schoolers on the rise, the ADA is mobilizing dental professionals in a national campaign to extend necessary care to children and adolescents from low-income families.
The Alliance of the ADA, in cooperation with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Henry Schein Dental, will award 12 grants of $1,000 each to oral health programs that address the needs of older adults through community-based education.
Washington—A government-funded repository of dental and other health care workforce information debuted Feb. 5 to help policymakers "develop strategies to meet future workforce demands."
Rockville, Md.—The Food and Drug Administration has given marketing approval for a new drug that gives health care providers an additional choice for treating pain.

San Antonio—"Impressions" is a Student National Dental Association program that provides support to potential dental students by helping college students learn more about careers in dentistry and the dental school application process.

Farmersville, Ill.—The Academy for Sports Dentistry will hold its annual symposium May 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

This year's theme is Modern Concepts for Dental Trauma.

In his Feb. 5 visit to the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry, Gov. Pat Quinn greeted a roomful of familiar faces, faces he's seen many times during the past six years.
The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for the 2009 Hillenbrand Fellowship that begins September 2009 in Chicago. Applications are due Feb. 28, 2009.
Chapel Hill, N.C.—A new study suggests that traditional treatments of periodontal disease in pregnant women are safe, but have no discernable effect on the rates of preterm deliveries.
Cleveland—Today, Ohio dental volunteers will surpass the $5 million mark in free dental services donated for Give Kids A Smile since the national program began in 2003.
The ADA News encourages all Give Kids A Smile volunteers to get their digital cameras ready. The ADA News welcomes submissions from GKAS program participants—including candid pictures of children, dentists and team members interacting and clinical photos (patients in the chair, dental team in gloves, masks and protective eyewear). Please include identification of those pictured and event facts.
All-star slugger Albert Pujols is going to bat for Give Kids A Smile, headlining a public service announcement that hit the airwaves nationwide last month.
The Waianae Coast of Oahu is but a 30-minute drive from Honolulu, yet also a light year behind in terms of wealth and health care advances seen in other communities of Hawaii's most populous island. The spoils from tourism just don't ripple out this far west.
Peoria, Ill.—Times are tough and getting tougher in downstate Illinois. Caterpillar Inc., the area's largest employer, recently laid off some 800 employees, nearby Keystone Steele and Wire Co. of Bartonville, Ill., has cut its workforce, and several retail outlets have closed their doors.
Washington—The anatomy of a smile.

"Welcome to the College of Dentistry. We smile with you." The children bused to Howard University from Bancroft Elementary School for the 7th annual D.C. Dental Society's Give Kids A Smile day, the volunteers, dentists, faculty, students, dental staff, they all passed the bright, colorful welcoming sign in the reception area.

Louisville, Ky.—Though the city is still reeling from a severe ice storm Jan. 26 that left thousands without power and water and shuttered schools for five days, the organizers of Smile Kentucky! are focused on treating a record number of children today at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.

St. Louis—In the city where it all began, gratitude was the theme of the 8th annual Give Kids A Smile program celebrated here Feb. 5 and 6.

Helena, Mont.—Here in Montana's capital city, each of Helena's 30 dentists participates in Give Kids A Smile and this year will donate treatment to about 450 children without access to dental care—up dramatically from last year's total of 180.

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