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2012 Archive
  • American Dental Association New Dentist Conference Honors Achievements in Dentistry

    August 21, 2012

    The ADA New Dentist Committee honored dentists for their achievements at the American Dental Association (ADA) 26th New Dentist Conference in Washington, D.C., this summer.

  • ADA Welcomes New Study on Dental Therapists, but Emphasizes Continued Focus on Eliminating Multiple Barriers to Oral Health

    August 06, 2012

    The Pew Center on the States’ recent report titled “Expanding the Dental Safety Net: A First Look at How Dental Therapists Can Help” follows up and in some ways reinforces the American Dental Association’s own recent economic studies that bring into question the viability of alternative workforce models. The ADA believes that both reports show that dental therapist models would take large financial commitments while returning questionable results. The Pew report noted that the modeling it examined “found modest effects” from deploying dental therapists in existing, fixed-site federally qualified health centers.

  • Selective Use of Cone-Beam Computed Tomography Offers Advanced Point-of-Care Imaging

    July 30, 2012

    In the August issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) presents an ADA report with recommendations for the safe use of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in dental practice.

  • ADA Honors AIDS Researcher with 2012 Gold Medal Award

    July 27, 2012

    The American Dental Association (ADA) recently named Dr. John S. Greenspan as the recipient of the 2012 ADA Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research in recognition of his landmark AIDS research.

  • ADA Offers Practical Guide to Patients with Medical Conditions

    July 27, 2012

    The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering a new publication, The ADA Practical Guide to Patients with Medical Conditions, to help dentists deliver safe and coordinated care for patients with chronic medical conditions with a book that provides detailed references, images and expert advice from 25 academicians and clinicians.

  • New Studies Question the Economic Viability of Midlevel Providers in Dentistry

    July 25, 2012

    The American Dental Association today released six reports examining the economic viability of three models of so-called "midlevel" dental providers, the Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHATs) currently providing care in Alaska Native territories, the Dental Therapists (DTs), currently working in Minnesota, and the proposed but as yet unrealized Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP).  The reports raise serious questions about whether these midlevel provider models can sustain themselves economically.

  • Supreme Court ACA Ruling’s Effect on Access to Dental Care

    June 29, 2012

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on the Affordable Care Act upholds the provisions establishing state health insurance exchanges and minimum benefit packages that include pediatric oral health care.  This could expand dental coverage to millions of additional children, many of whom have suffered with untreated dental disease.  The ADA advocated vigorously for increased children’s coverage, including how the “essential dental benefit” for children is defined,  in the months leading up to the law’s passage and is grateful that it remains intact.

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

    June 27, 2012

    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’

    June 25, 2012

    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

    June 25, 2012

    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.

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