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American Dental Association Celebrates 2016 Accomplishments

Video and Infographic Highlight ADA’s Best

March 20, 2017

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CHICAGO – The American Dental Association (ADA) released its 2016 video annual report and infographic, highlighting the major accomplishments for the association and the profession of dentistry in 2016. 

“From patient education to advocacy efforts, we accomplished quite a bit in 2016,” said ADA President Gary L. Roberts, D.D.S. “We’re honored to celebrate our collective success together, which we credit to our amazing members and dynamic state and local dental societies.”

The accomplishments featured include:
  • 477 million patient visits to ADA dentists nationwide.
  • 10.6 million visits to ADA websites.
  • 4.3 billion media impressions, including mentions by media in 29 countries.
  • 150,112 hours of continuing education completed by ADA members.
  • The election of four dentists into the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Treatment of 300,000 children through the Give Kids A Smile program.
  • Six new patents and 20 published articles from the Volpe Research Center.
For more information on the 2016 ADA Highlights, visit

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