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2011 News Archive

Joplin, Mo.—Going forward, it’s going to be difficult, Dr. Charles McGinty said of this city devastated by the capricious and malicious winds of May 22, 2011.

Pittsburgh—More than 700 participants—dental professionals from both public health and private practice, dental directors, public health officials, policymakers, educators, dental manufacturers, insurers and others—gathered at Pittsburgh’s Westin Convention Center April 10-13 to “Converge on the Future” at the 2011 National Oral Health Conference.

Waterman, Ill.—With seven kids, all of whom helped out in his practice, somebody in Dr. David C. Shapiro’s family was going to end up being a dentist.

As a ‘newbie’ member of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations and a first-time attendee to a public health dentistry sponsored meeting, I had little idea of what to expect. My intent was to keep an open mind listening for how the ideas presented could fit into a private practice model and to learn so as to become a better member of CAPIR.

Registration is open for the October 2011 ADA continuing education course designed to give dentists experience with medical emergencies that may occur during minimal and moderate sedation.

The June issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association contains comprehensive Annual Session information to help dentists plan their trip to Las Vegas Oct. 10-13.

The deadline for nominations for the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research is July 15.

The ADA is taking the lead in ensuring that the equipment used in dental offices is safe for patients.

Between now and July 1, water suppliers nationwide will be sending their customers annual Water Quality Reports or Consumer Confidence Reports—giving dental professionals the opportunity to check on the status of their community’s water, and in particular, its fluoride levels.

The ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs reports that new information has been provided regarding whether nonparticipating dentists can balance bill a patient for services rendered under Avesis, a national vision and dental company.

Houston—The dental school formerly known as the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch has a new dean and a new name.

Joplin, Mo.—More than half of this city’s dental capacity is “gone,” lost to the winds of May 22, 2011. The Missouri Dental Association says that nearly 60 dentists who practiced in 40 locations and their families are safe. Dr. Charles McGinty said 22 dental offices were leveled by the tornado, his among them.

It’s being described as an “improved business environment for dentists but still a fairly conservative outlook for the near future.”

San Diego—The Academy of General Dentistry will hold its annual meeting July 28-31 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The new ADA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Occupational Safety & Health Administration Compliance Kit is made up of the ADA’s best selling products.

What began as an American Dental Association staff fundraiser to assist Japanese dentists affected by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis blossomed into a campaign that raised nearly $63,000.

Washington—The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has new resources for professionals initiating or implementing oral health services in school-based health centers.

Palm Springs, Calif.—Dr. Charles T. Smith, former dean of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, died April 21. He was 97.

Las Vegas—Located just outside Las Vegas, in Henderson, Nev., the world’s largest online shoe company——is renowned not only for its footwear but also for its free-wheeling business model.

Need to find a CDT Code but don’t have access to a book or a computer?

Las Vegas—The ADA Annual Session has gone social—linking social networking attendees to the latest information on the meeting via Facebook and Twitter.

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