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2020 Archive
  • The Power to Heal Our Communities

    June 03, 2020

    The dental profession mourns the passing of George Floyd, who died last week while he was being restrained by police in Minneapolis. We denounce the acts of racism and violence that have occurred across our nation. We stand with our colleagues who have been affected by current events, and with those whose longstanding fears and heartaches have been stoked once again.

  • CDC Guidance for Dental Settings Echoes ADA Guidance

    May 29, 2020

    The American Dental Association (ADA) welcomes the release of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recently updated Guidance for Dental Settings, noting it is very similar to science-based guidance issued a month ago by the ADA. Both guidances describe how dental professionals, building upon existing infection control measures, can help protect patients and the dental team when re-engaging in providing the full range of oral health care.

  • As Dental Practices Resume Operations, ADA offers Continued Guidance

    May 21, 2020

    The safety of patients and the dental team has been and always will be American Dental Association’s (ADA) foremost concern. On March 16, the ADA was one of the first national professional health associations to recommend postponement of all but urgent or emergency procedures. This recommendation was intended to help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, conserve essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical frontline colleagues, and avoid the need for patients requiring emergency dental treatment to go to overburdened hospital emergency departments.

  • As Some States Consider Reopening, ADA Offers PPE Guidance to Dentists

    April 18, 2020

    The American Dental Association (ADA) recommended on March 16 that dentists restrict their practices to all but urgent and emergency care. This recommendation was later extended until April 30 at the earliest. The intent of the recommendation was to observe social distancing, help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, conserve essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical frontline colleagues, and avoid the need for patients requiring emergency dental treatment to go to overburdened hospital emergency departments

  • ADA Urges Dentists to Heed April 30 Interim Postponement Recommendation, Maintain Focus on Urgent and Emergency Dental Care Only

    April 01, 2020

    The current American Dental Association (ADA) recommendation for dentists to keep their offices closed to all but emergency care expires on April 6. The new interim recommendation from the ADA is that dentists keep their offices closed to all but urgent and emergency procedures until April 30 at the earliest.

  • ADA Signs on to Joint Commission Statement on the Shortages of Critical Medical Equipment

    March 27, 2020

    As organizations that represent or collaborate with individuals and institutions at the forefront of delivering health care in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are vitally concerned with the shortages of masks, face shields and other personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, swab kits, and testing capacity that are critically needed by frontline caregivers and patients. In the most affected areas, hospitals, other healthcare delivery organizations, physicians, dentists and other caregivers need help now. Many others will need the same help in the coming weeks.

  • ADA Calls Upon Dentists to Postpone Elective Procedures

    March 16, 2020

    In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.

  • New Study Finds Patients Commonly Prescribed Opioids and Antibiotics for Dental Conditions at Emergency Departments

    February 24, 2020

    A study in the March issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that antibiotics and opioids are frequently prescribed during emergency department visits for dental conditions, further emphasizing the need for continued efforts to combat both opioid abuse and overuse of antibiotics.

  • The Indiana University School of Dentistry to Host the 2020 Give Kids A SmileĀ® National Kickoff

    February 06, 2020

    As the host of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) 2020 Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) national kickoff event tomorrow, volunteers at the Indiana University (IU) School of Dentistry will provide free oral health services to about 250 local children in need.

  • ADA Health Policy Institute Finds Uptick in Dental Spending

    February 04, 2020

    The American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute (HPI) released its second annual Dental Industry Report today. The report found some signs of recovery in U.S. dental spending, which reached a historic high in 2018 of $136 billion, or 3.7 percent of total health spending in the U.S.

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