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Dental Assistants Recognition Week set for March 1-7

ADA Council on Dental Practice encouraging dentists to celebrate observance with their team



New dentists, ADA officers and Board members meet Feb. 9 to exchange ideas

Dr. Emily Mattingly, chair, New Dentist Committee, 6th District, shares her experience as a new dentist in a rural Missouri town. Three other NDC members also shared  new dentist perspectives.

Journal of Public Health Dentistry study finds association between man-made chemical, childhood caries

Circulating levels of perfluorodecanoic acid, a type of perfluoroalkyl acid, may be associated with dental caries in children, according to a study published in the fall 2019 issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry.

After 3 years, Find-a-Dentist initiative a ‘success’

Of the more than 3 million profile views, the program found that 17% resulted in action, which include potential patients visiting a dentist’s website, calling or emailing the practice and sharing their profile. Industry average for similar sites is only 1-4%, so patients are nearly six times more likely to contact an ADA dentist through Find-a-Dentist.

Dr. Bettie McKaig, first female ADA vice president, dies

Dr. Bettie R. McKaig, who served as the Association’s first vice president from 1998-99, died Feb. 3. She was 70.

Former ADA President Robert M. Anderton dies at 82

Dr. Robert M. Anderton, ADA president from 2000-01 and ADA trustee from 1995-99, died Feb. 14.

Former executive director of FDI World Dental Federation dies

Dr. Per Äke Zillen, executive director of the FDI World Dental Federation from 1989-2001, died Jan. 19 following a battle with cancer.


Free ADA webinar to help dentists with social media marketing

The ADA is hosting a free webinar in March on how to effectively advertise and market services and dental practices on Facebook and Instagram.


PBHS adds mobile chairside patient education system to ADA TV

PBHS, Inc. announced in January the launch of Consult Mode, an addition to ADA TV that enables dental providers to demonstrate 3D procedural animations, videos and tutorials chairside via tablets, iPads and other hand-held devices.

CDC reminds clinicians to use standard precautions, recommends isolating patients with coronavirus symptoms

WHO declares a "public health emergency," but the flu remains a greater threat to average Americans.


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