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The ADA patient education brochure Antibiotics and Dental Treatment (W307) can help to clarify who should take antibiotics before dental treatment and who should not.

Columbia, Mo.—Following nearly a year of discussions that originated with a request from a private citizen to stop fluoridating the city's water supply, the Columbia City Council voted unanimously Nov. 4 to continue fluoridating.

New Orleans—Helping all members succeed.

New Orleans—In balloting Nov. 4 at the House of Delegates, Dr. Maxine Feinberg of Westfield, N.J., was elected president-elect of the American Dental Association, and Dr. Jonathan D. Shenkin of Freeport, Maine, was elected second vice president.

Applying prescription topical fluoride may benefit patients with a higher risk for developing caries, according to new clinical recommendations.

Washington— The Association commended public health provisions in a global mercury treaty that “upholds the use of dental amalgam, a durable, safe, effective cavity-filling material.” The United States signed and offered acceptance documents Nov. 6, joining other nations in moving the legally binding treaty forward.

Silver Spring, Md. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will recommend a more restrictive classification of certain pain medications prescribed by physicians and dentists to "increase the controls on these products." The decision could lead to a reclassification by the Drug Enforcement Administration of hydrocodone-containing combination drug products such as Vicodin.

New Orleans—From student debt to managing a practice, at this year's Annual Session, a panel of new dentists offered some insight to the challenges new dentists face after graduation.

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