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ADA seeks participants for review of standard related to clinical terminology

April 13, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

The ADA is seeking dental professionals interested in the ADA Systemized Nomenclature of Dentistry, or SNODENT, to help consider approval of the next revision of SNODENT as an American National Standard.  

SNODENT is diagnostic code set designed to capture dental patient information that can be used across electronic health record platforms. It was approved by the American National Standards Institute as an American National Standard in 2016 and will be revised annually.

Use of the code set is intended to help dentists record finely detailed oral health data using standardized terminology that can transcend geography, platforms and care settings.

Developers of the standard have said the benefits of using SNODENT include the possibility of better communication among dentists and other health care providers, improved patient care through evidence-based practices and enhanced data collection to evaluate oral care outcomes.

The ADA SNODENT Canvass Committee, a volunteer standards committee that is administered by the ADA Department of Standards, reviews, comments and votes on whether revisions of SNODENT should be forwarded to the American National Standards Institute for approval. There is no cost to participate in the committee, which will operate electronically through the ADA's collaborative website for standards development; no in-person meetings are planned.

For more information or to join the SNODENT Canvass Committee, please contact Paul Bralower at 800-621-8099, ext. 4129, or e-mail

The ADA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute as a standards developing organization that adheres to a voluntary consensus process that is transparent, open to all interested parties and which maintains a balance of interests.