ADA, state dental society advocacy results in nearly 100 dental insurance reform proposals
Current data on COVID-19
Working closely with the ADA, state dental society advocacy efforts have resulted in nearly 100 dental insurance reform proposals in state legislatures during the 2020-21 season.
Connect with Bento at SmileCon
Check this page regularly for the latest COVID-19 data available from the CDC, WHO and Johns Hopkins University.
Mock trial helps dentists understand how to protect themselves from malpractice
The ADA-endorsed Bento, a technology company that is a modern alternative to traditional dental insurance, will be stationed at Booth C2503 in SmileCon’s Dental Central.
Cadaver workshops offer hands-on training at SmileCon
The ADA is offering a mock trial to help them better understand what they can expect and what to do to protect themselves.
Roseman University dental school shortens curriculum to three years
Dentists looking to roll up their sleeves and take their skills to the next level can sign up for cadaver workshops being offered at SmileCon.
SmileCon panel to explore how AI is transforming dentistry
The university announced Sept. 8 it received formal approval from the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Learn how to take digital photographs in your practice
Dentists interested in using augmented intelligence in their practices can hear how AI is transforming dentistry from experts during SmileCon.
Energy and Commerce advances proposal calling for expanded Medicare
In today’s world of visual communication, dental photographs are imperative in a dental practice.
Webinar: Dentists can play a role in blunting opioid epidemic
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce advanced provisions of a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package Sept. 15 that includes a proposal to expand Medicare.
Duo receives Dr. David Whiston Leadership Awards
Two past presidents of the Ohio Dental Association are leading a free webinar that features the positive role dentists can play to help mitigate the opioid crisis, as well as a discussion of the relationship between substance use and addiction and treatments available for acute pain.
CODA seeks public member nominations for its review committees
The ADA Foundation announced Sept. 15 the 2021 Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award honorees.
SmileCon to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests
CODA seeks nominations to fill seven upcoming public member vacancies on its review committees and/or Board of Commissioners.
Charitable organization exceeds $500 million in donated treatment for patients with special needs
SmileCon attendees will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit negative COVID-19 test results.
My View: Licensure reform: The case for eliminating the clinical exam
Dental Lifeline Network is celebrating a milestone, having just reached $500 million in donated dental treatment from more than 39,000 volunteer dentists and 6,500 volunteer laboratories that have participated in the charitable program.
Ways and Means advances proposal calling for expanded Medicare
For this particular essay I have chosen to focus solely on the clinical exam, coined the “single-episode/performance-based” exam in the Report of the Task Force on Assessment of Readiness for Practice or TARP.
ADA webinar seeks to answer questions associated with PPO leasing
The House Ways and Means Committee Sept. 10 advanced key parts of a $3.5 trillion spending package, including a proposal to expand Medicare to include dental, vision and hearing benefits for seniors.
Spread the news of Dental Infection Control Awareness Month
The ADA will host a free webinar at the end of September to provide dentists with a basic understanding of how preferred provider organization network leasing works.
ADA urges dentists to ask Congress to oppose Medicare Part B dental benefit proposal
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect dental practices across the country, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is spearheading an annual campaign observing Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, with plans to hold it each year in September.
Opening session to pump up dentists for rest of SmileCon
The ADA is calling on dentists nationwide to contact their members of Congress to oppose a legislative proposal that would put dental care in Medicare Part B.
Journey to the presidency
The SmileCon opening session will celebrate the dental community’s accomplishments and get dentists excited for the rest of their meeting experience.
End of advance pricing nears as SmileCon prepares to kick off Oct. 11 in Las Vegas
President-elect Cesar R. Sabates, D.D.S. answers a series of questions about his incoming term.
HRSA announces additional pandemic relief funding
SmileCon is just around the corner, and there is still time to take advantage of advance registration rates before they increase Sept. 30.
ADA unveils Smile Tank contest to find best diversity, inclusion ideas
Beginning Sept. 29, eligible dental providers can apply to receive additional funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ fourth phase of the Provider Relief Fund.
Do you have the best idea on how to advance diversity and inclusion in the dental profession?
Letters: Vaccination policy
As a member of the ADA for almost 45 years, I strongly feel that the COVID-19 vaccine should be a mandate for all members of our profession.
Dr. Natalia Chalmers selected as CMS’ first chief dental officer
Dentists need the ADA to take a strong position in requiring vaccination for all dental personnel.
Budget recovery transitions to new normal for Association
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has named Natalia Chalmers, D.D.S., the agency’s first chief dental officer.
Dr. Christensen discusses giving back, new techniques
For 2022, the Board is recommending, per House of Delegates Resolution 14H-2019, a balanced operating budget of $143,831,000 in expenses and $143,879,000 in revenues.
Hands-on course designed to increase efficiency, results with posterior restorations
The course Dentistry — What Should We Do In 2022? (1121) teaches participants about the new and useful concepts, materials and techniques that are advancing dentistry in 2021 and beyond.
Artificial intelligence and the future of dentistry
Materials and Tech That Expedite Excellence (1206) on Oct. 11 from 10-12:30 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, Breakers L, will discuss how to increase efficiency and results with posterior restorations.
The 10 most critical questions about the business of dentistry
The ADA Cellerant TechX series course (2120) on artificial intelligence will give participants a glimpse of how health, medicine and dentistry could be reimagined.
Small group course helps dentists improve endodontic evaluation skills, treatment planning
The Business of Dentistry (3101) course will give dentists the 10 key business questions every dentist should be asking.
Roll up sleeves to support GKAS at SmileCon
Let's Talk Endo: Group Learning by Collaborative Case Discussions (1105), on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, Lagoon J, will help attendees foster critical thinking skills in endodontic cases.
Learn benefits of minimally invasive rehabilitations in CE course
Give Kids A Smile-themed events during SmileCon will focus on a wellness event as well as an opportunity to help out hungry children in the greater Las Vegas area.
Learn about 20 game-changers for 2021 and beyond
Minimally Invasive Rehabilitation: A Healthier, Less Costly, and Predictable Approach (1106), is a fast-paced course that will cover techniques for composite rehabilitations, partial coverage porcelain restorations, occlusal and esthetic considerations with a supra-gingival minimally invasive goal.
CE course explores appropriate prescribing practices for managing dental pain
Prepare to laugh and learn when attending Dentistry's Top Game Changers — High Tech/High Touch Advances for 2021 (3109), scheduled for Oct. 13 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at Jasmine C in the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center.
Automation can rejuvenate practices
Phantom of the Opera-tory! Medical Implications of Dental Medications (1109) will present an overview of selected medications prescribed or administered in the practice of dentistry whose actions, effects or interactions may also have an impact on systemic illness.
SmileCon offers new dentists unique experience
Day in The Life: How Automations Revolutionized this Dentist's Life (3115) is scheduled for Oct. 13, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Jasmine B at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center.
Dental Central place to meet, play, learn, smile
New dentists seeking to share their SmileCon experience with other early career dentists have plenty of opportunities in Las Vegas.
Webinar: Physician speaks on what dental issues she sees in ER
The epicenter of the SmileCon experience will be the newly designed exhibit hall, Dental Central.
Pandemic’s effect on dentists’ net income revealed in new HPI research brief
Presented by the ADA’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention, Like Pulling Teeth: An Emergency Department Physician’s Perspective on Dental Issues in the ED will stream Oct. 5 from noon-1 p.m. Central time and is worth one hour of continuing education credit.
Dental organizations to lawmakers: Current Medicare Part B structure won’t work for dentistry
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a 17.9% drop in net income for general dentists in 2020 compared to 2019. That is just one of the findings from a new research brief from the ADA’s Health Policy Institute that explores the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the net income of dentists.
New FAQ addresses questions about Medicare dental benefit proposals
The ADA and others are committed to providing oral health care to all Americans but say they believe legislative proposals to expand Medicare Part B won’t “adequately meet the needs" of patients, according to a letter the groups sent to Congress.
Former ADA trustee Donald L. Seago, D.D.S., dies at age 77
The ADA has created an FAQ in order to explain the ADA’s response to a legislative proposal currently being considered by Congress that would expand the nation’s Medicare program to include dental.
ADA council: Delta Dental of California launches provider rating system
Donald L. Seago, D.D.S., who served as an American Dental Association trustee from 2009 through 2013, died Aug. 19 at age 77.
VA selects NYU Dentistry as site to address gap in dental services for veterans
The ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs has been informed about a new program launched by Delta Dental of California that allows consumers to see a rating on each network dentist in its provider directories.
Pacific Dental Services-supported practices celebrate 11 years of donated care on Smile Generation Serve Day
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs selected the NYU College of Dentistry, along with New Jersey’s Zufall Health Center and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, to implement its new initiative, called the Veterans Oral Care Access Resource, part of the VA’s VetSmile program.
ADA director of standards wins Peyton-Skinner Award from IADR Dental Materials Group
One Saturday each August, Pacific Dental Services-supported offices come together and serve their local communities by offering a day of free dentistry and community service during Smile Generation Serve Day.
The award recognizes the outstanding contributions Sharon Stanford has made to dental material innovation throughout her career.