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2011 News Archive

Pittsburgh—The ADA, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention celebrated 66 years of community water fluoridation at the National Oral Health Conference April 12, honoring more than 100 states and communities with 2010 Fluoridation Awards at Pittsburgh’s Westin Convention Center.

A primary focus of the stakeholders at the Feb. 23 Dental Laboratory Summit in Chicago was the success the dental lab industry has achieved in addressing key issues during the past year.

For three years the ADA has hosted the EBD Champions Conference and for three years participants have overwhelmingly agreed: it’s one of the “best conferences” they’ve ever attended.

Honored for his accomplishments as a dentist, leader and advocate for patients with special needs, Dr. Michael Helgeson is the recipient of the 2011 Saul Kamen Award from the Special Care Dentistry Association.

ADA News, the ADA Catalog and the 2011-2012 edition of CDT: The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Procedure Codes were all recipients of EXCEL Awards from the Board of Directors of Association Media and Publishing for material published last year.

Adam Shisler, president of the American Student Dental Association, speaks April 11 to the ADA Board of Trustees.

Santa Fe, N.M.—A coalition of dentists and dental hygienists helped pave the way for New Mexico to become the first state to formally authorize the Community Dental Health Coordinator through its dental practice act.

Las Vegas—Dr. Jeff Baggett, a general dentist in Edmund, Okla., was looking for new opportunities to use his skills as a speaker when he learned about the ADA’s New and Emerging Speaker Stage program before last year’s Annual Session in Orlando, Fla.

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products is looking for volunteers for four approved new work projects that SCDP approved in March.

St. Louis—After offering nearly three decades of fluoridation to its citizens, the small Missouri town of Cuba faced a crisis in February 2010—the aging fluoride pumps were failing and there was no money in the budget to replace them.

Las Vegas—Annual Session-goers can soar into a one-of-a-kind experience when they register for an ADA-exclusive indoor skydiving tour Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Washington—The Association called for warning label information about oral complications on medications associated with moderate-to-severe dry mouth in an April 25 policy communication with Food and Drug Administration officials.

Las Vegas—The International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners will hold its annual conference June 20-24 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino.

San Francisco—Planners of the 2012 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence are seeking abstracts from dentists, as well as other health professionals, health policymakers, victim advocates and others.

Washington—With prescription drug abuse now the nation's "fastest-growing drug problem," the Obama administration April 19 unveiled a new action plan to help reduce the number of lives lost and also announced new regulations for extended release opioid drugs.

Boston—Researchers at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine have discovered evidence that chronic ulcerative stomatitis, a disease characterized by painful recurring sores in the mouth, is an autoimmune disease.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced April 7 that it continues to receive reports of methemoglobinemia, a rare but serious blood disorder that is associated with pain relievers containing benzocaine, including teething gels.

Washington D.C.—A free half-day training webcast of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team Provider Compliance Training is set for May 18.

Washington—The federal budget finally approved by Congress prohibits funding during the current fiscal year for alternative dental health care provider demonstration projects authorized by the health care reform law. The budget funds government programs through Sept. 30, 2011.

Baltimore—The National Museum of Dentistry and the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery treated more than 60 Baltimore City schoolchildren to free dental screenings and sealants on Feb. 4 as part of Give Kids A Smile.

Hines, Ill.—Officials from the U.S. Department of the Veterans Affairs came together last month to cut the ribbon on a new dental clinic at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital just outside Chicago.

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