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2021 Archive
  • ADA: Participation in Political Process Should Reflect its Values, Ideals and Priorities

    July 17, 2021

    The American Dental Association’s (ADA) core values are at the heart of its mission to help dentists succeed and support the advancement of the health of the public. Among these core values are integrity, diversity and inclusion. Engaging our professional community on all of our seven core values is critical as we drive oral health forward and promote health equity in our nation.

  • Dentistry largely exempted from new COVID-19 workplace regulations

    June 14, 2021

    The American Dental Association (ADA) is pleased dental practices are largely exempt from the new emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19 issued for health care settings by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

  • COVID-19 Infection Rates of Dentists Remain Lower Than Other Health Professionals

    May 24, 2021

    More than a year after COVID-19 appeared in the U.S., dentists continue to have a lower infection rate than other front-line health professionals, such as nurses and physicians, according to a study published online ahead of the June print issue in The Journal of the American Dental Association. The study, “COVID19 among Dentists in the U.S. and Associated Infection Control: a six-month longitudinal study,” is based on data collected June 9 - Nov. 13, 2020.

  • Raymond Cohlmia, D.D.S. Named American Dental Association Executive Director

    May 12, 2021

    Raymond A. Cohlmia, D.D.S., of Oklahoma City, Okla., has been selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as the executive director of the American Dental Association (ADA), effective Nov. 15. The ADA, headquartered in Chicago, is the nation’s largest dental association, with 163,000 member dentists and 401 staff.

  • Towards a Peaceful and Just Society

    March 22, 2021

    According to ADA President Dr. Daniel J. Klemmedson, those of us in health care have to care deeply about how social injustice affects our daily lives, practices, and profession. We live in a diverse population. Our patients encompass diverse groups. Our profession is becoming increasingly more diverse. It is our obligation to recognize and confront actions that harm the fabric of our society.

  • New survey finds stress-related dental conditions continue to increase

    March 02, 2021

    More than 70 percent of dentists surveyed by the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute are seeing an increase of patients experiencing teeth grinding and clenching, conditions often associated with stress. This is an increase from ADA data released in the fall that showed just under 60 percent of dentists had seen an increase among their patients.

  • Study Finds Low Rate of COVID-19 Among Dental Hygienists

    February 24, 2021

    Despite having been designated as high risk for COVID-19 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a new study finds 3.1 percent of dental hygienists have had COVID-19 based on data collected in October 2020. This is in alignment with the cumulative infection prevalence rate among dentists and far below that of other health professionals in the U.S, although slightly higher than that of the general population.

  • COVID-19 and Oral Health Conditions

    February 12, 2021

    The American Dental Association (ADA) has been tracking developments of tongue and mouth issues COVID-19 patients experience since early on in the pandemic. Oral health is an important and vital part of overall health, and the ADA is continuing to examine the connection between the two as it relates to COVID-19.

  • Repeal of the Antitrust Exemption for Health Care Insurance a Win for Consumers and Dentists

    January 14, 2021

    “The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2020” was signed into law Wednesday after the culmination of a multi-year effort by several organizations, including the American Dental Association (ADA) to persuade Congress that health care insurance, including dental plans, should no longer be protected from some of the federal antitrust laws. The new law is aimed at improving transparency and competition in the health, dental, and vision insurance marketplaces.

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