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2011 News Archive

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has approved for circulation, review and comment Proposed ADA Specification No. 139 for Dental Base Polymers. This standard classifies denture base polymers and copolymers and specifies their requirements. It also specifies the test methods to be used in determining compliance with these requirements.

The ADA book, The Chairside Instructor: A Visual Guide to Case Presentations, helps dentists get the point across to patients the first time around.

Los Angeles—What began as a small group of concerned students interested in renewing ethics and professionalism among their ranks has blossomed into a nationwide network.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a new health literacy website at

Mellville, N.Y.—Henry Schein Inc. has activated its disaster relief hotline for dentists, physicians and veterinarians who have experienced operational, logistical or financial issues as a result of the recent tornadoes affecting much of the Southeastern United States.

Las Vegas—Take advantage of airfare deals, great hotels and rental car specials when planning a trip to the 152nd ADA Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition Oct. 10-13 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding health care professionals and consumers about “The Safe Use of Acetaminophen,” the agency’s public health care campaign designed to educate the public.

The ADA has a membership renewal rate that other professional associations envy.

Boston—The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Forsyth Institute are offering an interactive evidence-based dentistry course Sept. 19-23 at the Forsyth Institute.

Kansas City, Mo.—The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry received $1.5 million to endow a chair in practice management to help manage a new curriculum to prepare students to manage their own practice.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was always designed to be taken seriously, but the federal government is taking new and more aggressive steps to enforce the health privacy act and investigate possible violations.

New York—The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and National Institutes of Health hosted the first International Conference on Dental and Craniofacial Stem Cells April 27–29 at the New York Academy of Sciences.

Boston—Tufts University April 25 announced the appointment of Dr. Huw F. Thomas as dean of its School of Dental Medicine, effective Aug. 1.

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Las Vegas—The rise and fall of organized crime in Las Vegas will be the focus of a unique ADA tour Oct. 10 and Oct. 12 during the Annual Session.

Las Vegas—Dental professionals who want to learn the latest techniques for dental products taught by the manufacturers that developed them should plan to attend a Corporate Forum at the ADA Annual Session this fall.

Launched in January, the ADA Buying Guide offers dentists one-stop shopping for supplies, equipment and services available to help maintain a successful dental practice.

Rio de Janeiro—In less than seven years, the Brazilian government’s program to improve the oral health of its more than 190 million citizens has shown dramatic success, enabling the world’s fifth largest nation by size and population to reduce its incidence of caries by more than 30 percent and increase the number of adult teeth treated by 70 percent.

Las Vegas—Are you a dentist who would like to test drive some of the benefits of ADA membership that 157,000 of your colleagues already enjoy?

ADA CE Online ( offers quality continuing education courses at an affordable rate, as well as several free courses. 

Columbus, Ohio—The Ohio State University announced May 9 the appointment of Dr. Patrick M. Lloyd as dean of the College of Dentistry.

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