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Children receive free dental health kits at NASCAR event

CHARLOTTE, March 9, 2011 – The Charlotte Motor Speedway may not seem a likely spot to think about oral health, but younger NASCAR fans at the March 12 SpeedFest will learn how to improve their oral health and score free oral health kits. SpeedFest is an appreciation day for NASCAR fans and organizers expect approximately 7,000 area children to enjoy the festivities.

ADA Statement Examines the Role of Adequate Workforce In Breaking Down Barriers to Oral Health

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2011—The American Dental Association today released the first in a series of papers examining the challenges and solutions to bringing good oral health to the millions of Americans-including as many as one-quarter of the nation's children-who lack access to dental care, many of them suffering with untreated disease.  The paper focuses on workforce, an umbrella term for the numbers, location and makeup of the teams comprising dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other existing and proposed providers.

American Dental Association Begins Offering Books on Kindle, Nook

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2011—The American Dental Association (ADA) is now offering three of its most popular dental practice management publications on the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. The following ADA e-books: "The ADA Guide to Starting Your Dental Practice," "CEO Crash Course: A Dentist's Guide to Practice Leadership" and "Terminating Employment in a Dental Office" are all available for wireless download on the Kindle and Nook at a price of  $44.95 each for ADA members and non-members alike. 

American Dental Association Statement on Zinc in Denture Cream

CHICAGO, March 10, 2011—Millions of people use denture cream (also known as denture adhesive). Some, but not all, denture creams contain zinc. Recent case reports in the scientific literature indicate a possible association between excessive use of zinc-containing denture creams and neurological and hematological problems.

ADA Statement on Infection Control in Dental Settings

CHICAGO, February 9, 2011—In light of recent developments at the VA Center in Dayton, Ohio, the American Dental Association (ADA) understands that there may be heightened interest in infection control procedures in dental settings.

ADA Praises U.S. Reps. Burgess and Towns for Introduction of Dental Emergency Responder Act

Washington, D.C.—The American Dental Association today commended Reps. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) and Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) for introducing the Dental Emergency Responder Act (H.R. 570), a bill that would bolster the country's capacity to respond to natural disasters or terrorist attacks by taking advantage of dentists' extensive education, training and professionalism.

American Dental Association Thanks Senate and Sen. Stabenow for Passage of 1099 Relief Provision

Washington, D.C., Feb. 3, 2011 -The American Dental Association today commended Sen. Debbie Stabenow's (D-Mich.) leadership in bringing about the Senate's unanimous vote to relieve dentists and other small employers from a law that would require filing of IRS 1099 forms for any exchange of goods or services valued at $600 or more in a year.  The requirement is a provision in last year's health reform law that the ADA and others believe did not reflect the intent of Congress or the President.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

CHICAGO, Feb. 3, 2011- February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and the American Dental Association (ADA) encourages children to practice good oral health habits.

2011 ADA Annual Session returns to Las Vegas: "The Future of Dentistry Meets Here"

CHICAGO, Feb. 2, 2011 - The American Dental Association (ADA) invites all dentists and dental professionals to attend the 152nd Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition, to be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from Oct. 10-13.  Registration for the meeting will open on April 6.

American Dental Association Names New Human Resources Chief

CHICAGO, Jan.11, 2011 - The American Dental Association (ADA) recently announced the appointment of Sabrina A. King as its managing vice president for Human Resources/Organizational Development effective Jan. 18. As leader of the ADA's Human Resources Department, King's responsibilities will include providing strategic guidance to the executive staff regarding key organizational, employee and management issues.

Scientific Panels Issue Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations on Use of Fluoridated Water with Infant Formula, Prescribing Fluoride Supplements

CHICAGO, Jan. 10, 2010 - Two multi-disciplinary expert panels, convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs, issued reports containing clinical recommendations on children's fluoride intake from infant formula and prescription fluoride supplements. 

ADA Applauds HHS Action on Recommended Fluoride Level in Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2011—The American Dental Association (ADA) today commended the Federal agencies responsible for public health and safety for recalibrating the ratio of fluoride to water that they consider optimal based on scientific evaluation and the full appreciation of fluoride received from all sources.

American Dental Association Names New Legal Affairs Chief

CHICAGO, Dec. 21, 2010 – The American Dental Association (ADA) has announced the appointment of J. Craig Busey as its Chief Legal Counsel, with responsibilities for managing the organization’s Division of Legal Affairs.  

American Dental Association Member Dr. Gregory Zeller Appointed to the Board of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology

CHICAGO, DEC. 20, 2010 – The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) this week announced the appointment of Gregory Zeller, D.D.S., M.S., a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), to serve on its board of commissioners starting Jan. 1.

ADA Supports FDA Panel’s Recommendation for Scientific Review

Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2010 - The American Dental Association today praised a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel's finding that the FDA acted appropriately when it ruled last year that dental amalgam is a safe and effective treatment option for the general population. 

American Dental Association Comments on Pew Study of Economic Impact of Midlevels on Private Practice Dentists’ Bottom Line

CHICAGO, Dec 8, 2010—"We are extremely disappointed at the Pew Center for the States' apparent attempt to influence policy by 'selling' midlevel providers as a way for dentists to increase profits. These are critical issues and they should not be trivialized.  American Dental Association opposition to non-dentists performing surgical procedures, whether in a dental office or elsewhere, remains unchanged and unequivocal, and our position is based solely on what we believe best serves the public. 

ADA Statement: Diagnostic Radiation Procedures Must Be Used Sparingly to Reduce Dental Radiation Risk

CHICAGO,  Nov. 23, 2010—Today's New York Times' article, "Radiation Worries Rise with 3-D Dental Images," provides an in-depth look and differing opinions about the use of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in dentistry.  The American Dental Association (ADA) has reviewed the article and believes the story reinforces long-standing ADA positions supporting the judicious use of diagnostic imaging techniques and procedures that emit radiation.

Statement by ADA President Raymond Gist, DDS, on WK Kellogg Foundation Dental Health Aide Therapist Program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2010—"The ADA welcomes the Kellogg Foundation to the fight to improve the oral health of the millions who suffer from its lack.  Unfortunately, the foundation's recent efforts to address this complex issue focus exclusively on expanding a single provider model, the controversial Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist.  The limited research evaluation conducted by Kellogg did not provide the robust examination or projectable metrics on which to base such important policy and public health decisions."

First Group of Community Dental Health Coordinators Complete ADA Pilot Program

CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2010—The University of Oklahoma recently celebrated the completion of coursework by the first group of students in a pilot program created by the American Dental Association (ADA) to improve oral health in underserved communities.   The Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) pilot program is modeled on the community health worker, which has proven extremely successful in similar capacities in the medical system.