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The Journal of the American Dental Association Celebrates Centennial

January 12, 2013

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CHICAGO, December 12, 2013 – The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) will mark its 100th anniversary in 2013 with specially prepared articles and commentaries in each month’s issue. The centennial celebration will kick off with a special January editorial jointly written by Dr. Michael Glick, JADA editor, and Dr. Bruce Pihlstrom, JADA’s associate editor for research.

"Perhaps more than any other dental publication, JADA provides a living history that documents the evolution of dentistry from the early 20th century to the present," Drs. Glick and Pihlstrom note in their editorial.

The official Bulletin of the National Dental Association, forerunner to The Journal of the American Dental Association, debuted in November 1913—100 years ago next year.

"Dental science is central to our profession, and JADA is central to our voice in dental science," said Dr. Robert Faiella, ADA president. "I have been an avid reader of JADA since my earliest days in dental school. I have seen it grow and improve with the times, and I have seen dentistry grow and improve with JADA’s considerable influence. As dentists and ADA members, we can all be very proud of our journal and its many contributions to our profession. My congratulations to Dr. Glick, the Editorial Board, the current JADA staff and to all those who came before in a remarkable century of progress."

February through December, each issue will include a brief excerpt of the landmark article, a link to the full article online, and a commentary on the article and its contribution and importance to dentistry. Writing the commentaries were health care professionals who have first-hand knowledge about the article or its topic, or a special interest in the topic.

To qualify for landmark status, an article had to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • at the time of publication, the article summarized the state of knowledge on a topic of major interest in dentistry;
  • it presented or summarized research or knowledge that led to increased understanding of oral disease or its prevention and treatment;
  • the article presented or summarized research or knowledge that changed dental or public health practice.

"All dentists and all the patients they serve have benefited from JADA’s contributions to dental science and practice," said Dr. Glick.

The Journal is dentistry’s best-read peer-reviewed publication, as reported by Kantar Media, an independent research firm.

Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website