Dentists flood Capitol Hill
In a conference room that used to be President Harry S. Truman's office on Capitol Hill, seven dentists and two dental students from Missouri filled a meeting table. Sitting in what's now the office of Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the dentists and students were among more than 1,100 to participate in ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day in April, which culminated in hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between dentists and legislators.
Pitt dental school names new dean
The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine named Dr. Bernard J. Costello as its new dean beginning April 1.
Senate Committee advances bill to reform tribal health care
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on April 11 advanced legislation that calls for reforming the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.
Panel focuses on health equity, investing in children's health
At the National Minority Quality Forum's annual health summit here April 17, Dr. Winifred Booker was part of a panel on health equity addressing "Our Kids, Our Future: Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents."
ADA book offers guidance for treating opioid users and safe prescribing
The ADA Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders and Safe Prescribing helps dental practitioners identify and treat patients with drug addiction, prevent drug diversion and properly manage and prescribe controlled substances.
Apply for ADA Foundation student research, leadership awards
The ADA Foundation is accepting applications before June 11 for student research and leadership awards.
Dentists facing compliance audits have ADA resources in their reach
This is the 11th story in the Decoding Dental Benefits series featuring answers and solutions for dentists when it comes to the world of dental benefits and plans. The series is intended to help untangle many of the issues that can potentially befuddle dentists and their teams so that they can focus on patient care.
Dr. Crowley honored
ADA President Joseph P. Crowley accepts a plaque for an honorary membership to the American Dental Education Association.
Just the Facts — April 16, 2018
From 2015-16 dental expenditures grew slightly faster than overall health expenditures.
Kickstarter co-founder, columnist, poetry slam champion highlight New Dentist Conference
Following in the footsteps of the 2017 New Dentist Conference, the New Dentist Conference at ADA 2018 will feature three keynote speakers designed to jumpstart new dentists' motivation.
Purchase a personalized brick for the ADA House on Capitol Hill
The ADA is inviting members to leave their mark at the ADA House on Capitol Hill by purchasing personalized bricks for the front or back patio.
Root Canal Awareness Week spotlights endodontists
The American Association of Endodontists is thanking general dentists for referrals to mark its 12th Annual Root Canal Awareness Week, scheduled for May 6-12.
Science on oral health effects of tobacco products at Bethesda, Maryland conference
Dental professionals are invited to a September conference to review the effects tobacco products have on oral health and to help formulate a research agenda on the topic.
Seventeen communities receive grants to support water fluoridation
Seventeen U.S. communities are getting financial assistance to install or continue water fluoridation programs thanks to financial support from The National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the groups announced earlier this year.
Snapshots of American Dentistry — April 16, 2018
Dentist participation in Medicaid or CHIP by specialty
Take GKAS program to next level
May 31 is the deadline to apply to the GKAS Community Leadership Development Institute, which provides Give Kids A Smile program coordinators with advanced training to become GKAS Ambassadors.
Agencies announce April 25 forum on opioids, minority health
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's Office of Behavioral Health Equity will host "Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities" from 10 a.m. to noon ET April 25 to discuss the opioid crisis and how to better address behavioral health in minority populations.
Learn how to hire best dental team in upcoming webinar
A June 20 webinar is targeted to help dentists hire the best dental team members for their practice.
ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day: Dentists take on Capitol Hill
Dental professionals and dental students attended hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill with legislators and their staffs on April 10 as part of ADA Dentist and Study Lobby Day to advocate for oral health-related issues.
Dentists, students recognized for advocacy
The American Dental Political Action Committee presented grassroots advocacy awards April 10 during the ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day.
Open access to select articles in prosthodontic journal until May 31
As part of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, April 8-14, the American College of Prosthodontists is offering select articles from the Journal of Prosthodontics at no cost until the end of May. Free access is available now.
ADA Foundation awards seven $20,000 scholarships
The ADA Foundation is awarding seven dental students each a $20,000 scholarship.
VRC researcher aims to rescue dental pulp from disease
Dr. Kaufman and his team of researchers are developing a way to rescue dental pulp from disease rather than having to resort to performing a root canal.
Dentists' practice ownership decreasing
The ADA Health Policy Institute reports that the percentage of dentists in private practices who are owners has declined overall since 2005, but more for younger dentists than older ones.
Issues take center stage at ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day
The ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day kicked off April 8 here with more than 1,000 dentists, dental students, state association staff and other dental leaders gathered to advocate for the profession and patients.
California Dental Association aims to make dental plans more transparent
Legislation sponsored by the California Dental Association would increase the transparency and value of dental benefit plans in the state, while protecting patients, according to the state dental society.
What's in your water? Dental providers can look at local reports
Dental professionals are encouraged to check their community's annual Water Quality Reports or Consumer Confidence Reports, which water suppliers nationwide are required to make available each year prior to July 1.
Clear and concise: Case Western dental student takes top spot in health literacy essay contest
Erinn Enany believes dentists should always try to deliver simple but meaningful messages when communicating with patients. The third-year dental student at Case Western Reserve University demonstrated her own ability to do so in winning the third annual ADA Health Literacy Essay Contest, sponsored by the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention.
Event at UCSF aims to attract dental students from underserved areas
Dozens of college students attended the third annual University of California San Francisco's Oral Health Alliance College Day, where organizers hope the students will be inspired to become a dentist and serve in disadvantaged areas.
NIH announces initiative to end addiction, increases research funding
The National Institutes of Health on April 4 announced a new program aimed at ending addiction and said it is doubling research funding in efforts to combat the opioid misuse crisis.
'Fruitilicious' toothpaste, minty mouth rinse among ADA Seal-accepted products
Several oral health care products, including three power toothbrushes and a mouth rinse, earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance in the last quarter of 2017 and the first three months of 2018.
NYU to study periodontal disease, bone loss in diabetics
New York University College of Dentistry researchers are exploring the biological mechanisms that contribute to poor oral health and related bone loss among people with diabetes thanks to a $2.2 million, five-year grant from The National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, the university announced in an April news release.
DEA warns registrants of extortion scam
The Drug Enforcement Administration said April 2 that it is aware of an extortion scam targeting DEA registrants.
June 21 filing deadline for ADA treasurer candidates
Members interested in running for ADA treasurer can visit ADA.org to find the information necessary to file for candidacy.
JADA+ resources offer lifelong learning 24/7
Looking for the latest information to help you enhance your clinical skills, your practice success and your work-life balance? JADA+ digital resources, available 24/7, continually compile practical information and resources to help dentists in their quest for lifelong learning.
'A great chance to be on the right side of history'
After five days in an intensive care unit with a breathing tube, Dr. Stephen Lucas felt a calling. He would use whatever voice and strength he came away with to help prevent others from enduring the same suffering he did after major surgery following his diagnosis of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer.
Local New York dental society helps new dentists with debt
In an effort to help new dentists overcome the burden of dental school debt, the Second District Dental Society in Brooklyn decided to do something to help.
Dentist to test physical endurance, fundraising skills before ADA 2018
Before ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting in Honolulu Oct. 18-20, Dr. Kessler will compete in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
North Carolina dentist wins fat bike race
On March 17, Dr. Overton took the top spot in the 4th annual U.S. Open Fat Bike Beach Championship, a race held on an all-sand course along the shores of Wrightsville Beach using bikes with tires wider than 4 inches.
Just the Facts — April 2, 2018
Dental school enrollment
Register for popular ADA 2018 courses
Many continuing education courses sold out soon after registration began Feb. 14 for ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting in Honolulu.
Dentists can help mitigate, prevent child abuse, neglect
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and offers an opportunity for dental professionals to reflect on their role in recognizing abuse or neglect.
FDI to meet Sept. 5-8 in Buenos Aires
The FDI World Dental Federation announced in March that its World Dental Congress will convene Sept. 5-8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to discuss the issues impacting dentistry and oral health today.
ADA Find-a-Dentist celebrates one-year anniversary
Find-a-Dentist, the ADA's online search tool that allows potential patients to easily find an ADA dentist in their area, launched one year ago this month. And based on the numbers, the response has exceeded the Association's goals and expectations.
Code Maintenance Committee responsible for yearly changes to CDT Code
This is the 10th story in the Decoding Dental Benefits series featuring answers and solutions for dentists when it comes to the world of dental benefits and plans. The series is intended to help untangle many of the issues that can potentially befuddle dentists and their teams so that they can focus on patient care.
ADA, NIH look for ways to collaborate on dentistry's role in preventing opioid misuse
When the ADA announced new policy on opioids in March, other organizations took notice. One of those was the National Institute on Drug Abuse.