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American Dental Association Statement on PBS Frontline’s ‘Dollars and Dentists’

The American Dental Association appreciates the mounting media interest in what Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., famously called a “silent epidemic” of oral disease.  Unfortunately, the situation has improved little since Dr. Satcher wrote those words in 2000.  The needless suffering caused by untreated dental disease that could have been prevented or easily treated in its early stages is unacceptable.  Coverage by PBS’s “Frontline” and other media can increase awareness of this ongoing tragedy and, we hope, the political will to do something about it. 

American Dental Association Statement on the Wall Street Journal Article ‘The Health-Care PAC to Watch? Dentists’

Although headquartered in Chicago, the ADA has long maintained an office in Washington, DC, to better advocate on behalf of the nation’s oral health and the dental profession’s ability to serve the public.  With the support of professional staff, ADA volunteer leaders work to ensure that Congress and the federal agencies understand the importance of oral health to overall health and wellbeing, and that the laws and rules they make and enforce help to improve the nation’s oral health, or at least do not harm it.

Americans Score a "D" on National Oral Health Quiz

Americans need a serious brush up when it comes to their oral health, according to a new survey from the American Dental Association (ADA) released today during the ADA’s launch of a robust new website,, dedicated to improving the oral health of all Americans.

American Dental Association and the IHTSDO Agree to Licensing Arrangements

The oldest and largest national dentist society in the world, the American Dental Association (ADA), and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO), the leading provider of standardized clinical terminology (SNOMED CT), are pleased to announce that they have entered into a licensing agreement permitting the IHTSDO to incorporate the ADA’s dental diagnostic codes into the IHTSDO’s SNOMED CT medical code set.

Statement by ADA President Dr. William Calnon on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Comprehensive Dental Reform Act

“The ADA is pleased that Senator Sanders’ bill recognizes that the barriers that impede too many Americans from attaining good oral health are numerous, and that addressing only one or a few of them will not appreciably improve what all agree is an unacceptable situation.  The ADA has written to Sen. Sanders to express support for  much of the bill and to offer suggestions intended to strengthen some provisions, but also to express the Association’s continued opposition to expending precious federal dollars on unproven and, we believe, unnecessary programs to expand the use of so-called midlevel dental providers. 

American Dental Association Provides Patient Education Videos, Brochures for ADA-Member Websites Through PatientSmart

The American Dental Association (ADA) is making electronic versions of its popular ADA patient education videos and brochures available for ADA-member dentists to use on their websites through a new resource library called PatientSmart.

ADA Statement Examines How Funding Affects Access to Oral Health

WASHINGTON – May 1, 2012—The American Dental Association today released the third in a series of papers that examine the challenges and solutions to bringing good oral health to millions of Americans who, for multiple reasons, lack access to regular dental care.

Community Water Fluoridation: 73.9 (Percent) Down, 26.1 to Go

The 157,000 members of the American Dental Association welcome today’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 73.9 percent of Americans who get their water from municipal systems now benefit from optimal fluoridation.

American Dental Association Announces Future Annual Session Locations

Future destinations include San Antonio, Washington, D.C., Denver, Atlanta, and San Francisco.

NASCAR Star Greg Biffle To Celebrate The 10th Anniversary Of "Give Kids A Smile®" Program With National Education Program

The American Dental Association’s (ADA) Give Kids A Smile® program, ADA Foundation, Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC), and 3M ESPE Dental are teaming up with NASCAR star Greg Biffle again in 2012 to put good oral health on the fast track for young fans of NASCAR.

Recent Study Questions Safety of Dental X-rays

The American Dental Association (ADA) is aware of a recent study that associates yearly or more frequent dental X-rays to an increased risk of developing meningioma, the most commonly diagnosed brain tumor.

American Dental Association Comment on the Kellogg Foundation Report, "A Review of the Global Literature on Dental Therapists"

The ADA offers the observations below as a respectful but firm refutation of a report that claims to demonstrate the viability of one solution to a complex set of problems that impede too many Americans from attaining good oral health. The ADA’s firm stance against non-dentists performing surgical/irreversible procedures is well known. That said, the Association believes that all of the individuals and organizations involved in this discussion, whether regarding this paper specifically or the larger, ongoing discourse, want the same thing: a nation in which everyone who seeks it enjoys good oral health and the overall health to which it contributes. .

ADA Encourages Wearing Mouthguards During Recreational Activities

Warm weather brings thoughts of long bike rides, rollerblading and skateboarding. Just as you would suit up in your helmet, kneepads and wrist guards, don’t forget your mouthguard too, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

Registration Opens April 11 for 2012 ADA Annual Session in San Francisco: "The Future of Dentistry Meets Here"

Registration opens April 11 for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) 153rd Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco Oct. 18-21.

ADA Golden Apple Awards to Recognize Success of Dental Societies

The American Dental Association (ADA) Golden Apple Awards recognize dental society leaders, members and staff who have contributed to the success of their oral health related programs and activities. Now in its 24th year, the program offers opportunities for dental societies to showcase programs and activities produced between June 1, 2011, and May 31. Entries can be submitted electronically between May 1 and June 1.

Registration Open for ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program for Dentists

CHICAGO, March 26, 2012 – Dentists interested in complementing their clinical training and experience with enhanced management skills can register for the 2012 session of the prestigious American Dental Association (ADA) and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management’s "ADA/Kellogg Executive Management Program."

ADA New Dentist Committee Hosts 26th New Dentist Conference

CHICAGO, March 23, 2012 –Get ready to enjoy top-notch continuing education and leadership development opportunities for new dentists at the American Dental Association (ADA) 26th New Dentist Conference, which takes place just two blocks away from the White House at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., June 22-24.

American Dental Association Welcomes Latest Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco Use

Washington, D.C., March 8, 2012—The Surgeon General’s report "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults," released yesterday, indicates that America still has a long way to go before we eradicate this problem.

Multifaceted Approach Required to Fix Dental Care Access Problem, ADA Tells Congress

Washington, D.C., Feb. 29, 2012 – The Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), today held a hearing on “The Dental Crisis in America: The Need to Expand Access.” The American Dental Association (ADA) welcomed the hearing in the hope that it will spur lawmakers to address the many barriers to oral health while rejecting the suggestion that there can be a simple fix to the problems.

ADA Comments on the Report "A Costly Dental Destination"

Washington, D.C. - The American Dental Association agrees with much of the report, "A Costly Dental Destination," released today by the Pew Center on the States, which points up the burden placed on already strained hospital emergency departments by patients needing dental care.