Current data on COVID-19
FQHC fosters dental-medical collaboration to boost HPV vaccination rates
Check this page regularly for the latest COVID-19 data available from the CDC, WHO and Johns Hopkins University.
HPI poll: Dentists see increase in patients’ stress-related oral health conditions
A federally qualified health center in New Jersey integrated dental and medical teams to successfully increase the rate of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations in their younger patient population, according to a research article published in the peer-reviewed journal Oral Health & Dental Science.
ADA reaffirms that dental amalgam is ‘durable, safe, effective’ restorative material
A majority of participating dentists have seen a rise in stress-related oral health conditions in their patients since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the ADA Health Policy Institute's COVID-19 impact poll for the week of Sept. 21.
Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni remembered for ‘purposeful life’
The ADA reaffirmed its position that dental amalgam is a “durable, safe and effective” restorative material in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Sept. 24 statement that existing evidence shows that dental amalgam is not harmful to the general population and treatment options should be made by the patient and dentist.
October JADA looks at reducing radiation exposure during intraoral imaging
Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, who led the University of the Pacific’s school of dentistry for 28 years as dean and was ADA president from 1988-89, died Sept. 23 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif from cancer. He was 95.
ADA executive director to moderate virtual panel on oral health care access
A study published in the October issue of JADA found the use of rectangular collimators during intraoral imaging significantly reduced levels of exposure to ionizing radiation in tissue models representing child and adult patients when compared with circular collimators.
Lady A to headline ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference
ADA Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin will serve as moderator of a panel on achieving safe access to oral health care and overall health through innovation and technology during a Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and PICC Foundation virtual program.
Trio are recipients of ADA Foundation awards for leadership, research
Country music group Lady A, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, will perform Oct. 15 and kick off the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference.
Health Resources and Services Administration urged to improve methods for determining shortage areas
A researcher studying craniofacial muscle stem cells, a Romanian-born adoptee and the founder of a dental school’s LGBTQ+ student organization are the recipients of dental awards bestowed by the ADA Foundation in August.
HVO volunteers turn to Zoom to teach internationally during COVID-19 pandemic
The ADA is asking the Health Resources and Services Administration to update and improve its methodology for determining health professional shortage areas in response to the agency’s request for information regarding scoring criteria.
OSHA cites Massachusetts dental practice for respiratory protection violations
The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped volunteers with Health Volunteers Overseas from connecting with students and faculty at the dental school at Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal.
Oct. 1 webinar to help dentists combat opioid epidemic
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Georgetown Dental LLC in Georgetown, Massachusetts, for violating respiratory protection and other standards, according to an OSHA news release.
HHS announces Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements
The ADA will stream a free webinar in October to inform dentists about fighting the opioid epidemic and advise how they can effectively manage their patients’ pain.
Bayer delivers pain management resource to ADA News readers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released guidance Sept. 19 outlining reporting requirements for health care providers who received funding from the Provider Relief Fund.
Just the Facts
Bayer developed and sponsored a laminated pain-management teaching tool that incorporates ADA’s recommendation of considering nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as first-line therapy for the management of acute pain.
Snapshots of American Dentistry
Dental practices reopening
‘Certainty in uncertain times’
Dentist Participation in Medicaid or CHIP by Specialty
HPI poll: More than 90% of dentists applied for relief during pandemic
Despite the ongoing uncertainties and questions raised during the COVID-19 pandemic, the dental community rolled up their sleeves and rallied for their patients and dental team.
ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference offers 24/7 Exhibit Hall
More than nine of 10 dentists sought out some sort of financial assistance during the pandemic, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute’s latest data from a poll conducted the week of Sept. 7.
Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act passes House
The Exhibit Hall at the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference will be different from years past, with the virtual platform allowing attendees to access the hall 24/7.
Research: Botox for TMJ disorders may not lead to bone loss in short term
The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 21 voted to repeal the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for health insurance companies by passing HR 1418, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act.
New ADA standards, technical reports available for comment by Oct. 30
Short-term use of low doses of Botox to manage jaw and facial pain did not result in significant changes in jaw bone, according to the results of a paper recently published by researchers at the NYU College of Dentistry.
ADA faces challenges in developing 2021 budget in ‘unprecedented’ year
The American Dental Association Standards Committee on Dental Informatics and Standards Committee on Dental Products have approved various documents for review and comment.
ADA virtual House of Delegates meetings, reference committee hearings registration begins
The Association is facing challenges “unlike any other year in ADA history,” the ADA Board of Trustees said after voting on the ADA’s 2021 budget proposal in August.
House bill proposes $25,000 tax credit for businesses purchasing PPE
Registration for the ADA virtual House of Delegates and reference committee hearings in mid-October is open.
CDHC program in New York embraces collaboration to reduce ER visits
A House bill is calling for a $25,000 tax credit for businesses, including dental practices, purchasing personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Fall 2020 ADA Catalog includes five new, revised clinical, practice management guides
An emergency department referral model is finding success in rural upstate New York, in part because it features a winning trifecta of health care providers —a Community Dental Health Coordinator, an emergency department physician and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon—instilled with the belief that connecting patients to dental care is an essential service.
FQHCs consider adopting new value-based care model in midst of pandemic
The Fall 2020 ADA Catalog, which arrives in members’ mailboxes this month, features five new and revised clinical and practice management resources and more than 20 new and revised patient education brochure topics.
GKAS National Advisory Committee names new chair
Dr. Alex Barrera, a general dentist at Avenue 360 Health & Wellness, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Houston, said FQHCs are vital as the country tries to move forward in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ADA supports Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act
The ADA Give Kids A Smile program announced Sept. 10 it appointed Dr. Barbara Shearer, director of scientific affairs at Colgate-Palmolive Company, as the new chair of the GKAS National Advisory Committee.
Louisiana dentists rebuild after Hurricane Laura wreaks havoc
The ADA is supporting legislation to streamline forgiveness from the Paycheck Protection Program for loans less than $150,000 upon the completion of a simple, one-page document.
ADA urges committee to support Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act
Drs. Daniel and Stephanie Weaver have lived in Louisiana all their lives, and have weathered many hurricanes over the years. But they never experienced the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Laura.
CDC Division of Oral Health seeks applicants for Dental Public Health Residency Program
The ADA is asking Congress to pass legislation that would require all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services, including craniofacial abnormalities, resulting from a congenital anomaly or birth defect.
ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics to hold virtual meetings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Oral Health is now accepting applications for the 2021–2022 Dental Public Health Residency Program.
Alliance of ADA holds Amazon donation drive for Florida domestic violence charity
The American Dental Association Standards Committee on Dental Informatics will hold its next plenary meeting virtually via Zoom at 8:30 a.m. CDT Oct. 14.
ADA Practice Transitions expands nationally in October
The Alliance of the American Dental Association hosts a donation drive each year in conjunction with the ADA annual meeting, and with the meeting moving online this year, so too is the donation drive.
ADA, others support bill addressing workforce shortages, disparities
“ADA members, volunteer leaders and state associations all over the country have expressed interest in what ADA Practice Transitions is doing, and so we are happy to be able to expand nationally,” said Dr. Kirk Norbo, ADA Business Innovation Group board chair.
HPI poll: Economic recovery from COVID-19 pandemic levelling off nationally
The ADA and nine other health care organizations are supporting legislation aimed at improving the health workforce shortage and health disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
HHS Provider Relief Fund deadline is Sept. 13
The economic recovery of dental offices appears to be leveling off nationally with 99% of dental offices open and patient volume at 74% of pre-COVID-19 levels, according to data from the ADA Health Policy Institute impact of COVID-19 poll for the week of Aug. 24.
Snapshots of American Dentistry
The ADA is reminding dentists that they have until 11:59 p.m. ET Sept. 13 to apply for funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.
ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference programming tackles COVID-19 pandemic
dental service organization affiliation by specialty
Just the Facts
To help dentists as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference, scheduled for Oct. 15-17, will feature exclusive programming on adapting and thriving in this new environment.
PracticeUpdate Clinical Dentistry Channel covers latest clinical advances for dentists on the go
Dentists participating in Medicaid or CHIP
ADA urges dentists be offered early access for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine
The PracticeUpdate Clinical Dentistry Channel offers a one-stop shop for busy dentists and their teams looking to keep up to date on the latest clinical research findings they can employ in their practices.
Extraordinary contributions in extraordinary times
Dentists are essential health care workers who should be afforded early access to a safe and effective SARS-CoV-2 vaccine when one becomes available, ADA Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin told a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine panel Sept. 2.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the American Dental Association was already busy at work, preparing to offer much-needed guidance and advocacy for U.S. dentists.