Survey: More Americans want to visit the dentist
Americans are still not seeing their dentist as much as they would like, according to a survey from Delta Dental Plans Association.
FDI: 'Say Ahh' on World Oral Health Day
FDI World Dental Federation is asking the public to "Say Ahh" and consider how their oral health is connected to their general health and well-being on March 20, World Oral Health Day.
Just the Facts — March 19, 2018
Average first-year tuition
Snapshots of American Dentistry — March 19, 2018
Affiliation with dental service organizations by dentist age
6 tips for boomers preparing for retirement
Many dentists who are actively planning for retirement in the next 5 to 10 years are members of the baby-boomer generation.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts expands national network of providers
In the wake of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' February announcement that it has expanded its national network — making it one of the largest dental networks in the country — the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs is reminding dentists of the many resources the ADA has when it comes to signing network contracts.
Infection control courses abound at ADA 2018
Five continuing education courses at ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting will attempt to answer these infection control questions in an age when microbes and viruses are a part of everyday life and found in our air, soil, water and in and on our bodies — and especially prevalent in the dental care environment.
Phishing attacks teem in tax season
The threat of a cyberattack through phishing is omnipresent, but phishing attacks may take advantage of the season. For example, according to a February cybersecurity newsletter from the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, phishing attacks regarding tax refunds are common during tax season.
Protecting athletes' teeth during Facial Protection Month
April is National Facial Protection Month and an apt time to remind dental professionals about their role in helping protect patients from facial injuries while participating in sports.
ACE Panel Report offers insight into dental techniques, products
A report from the revamped ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel was released in March and features insight for dental professionals on the topic of posterior composite restorations.
Dummies make learning easier
In November 2017, the ADA News launched Becoming a Dentist, a series of stories that follow three dental students at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry — Dan Yang, LaShonda Shepherd and Ben Horn — during their journey of becoming dentists. The first story, which introduced the students, ran in the Nov. 6 ADA News.
Keep up-to-date on HIPAA with ADA kit
Dentists can find it daunting to understand which Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations apply to practices and then how to implement HIPAA programs that are right-sized for the practice.
Consequences for HIPAA violations remain even when business closes
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights announced Feb. 13 that a receiver appointed to liquidate the assets of a medical records company agreed to pay $100,000 out of the receivership estate to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Periodontitis may lead to increased cancer risk
Severe periodontitis may lead to an increased risk of cancer, according to a study published Jan. 27 by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Take advantage of ADA group insurance plans
ADA members have exclusive access to group insurance plans at competitive rates underwritten by Great-West Financial.
Drive research at ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center
The ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center is seeking input and ideas from ADA members in generating and developing materials and technologies that enable ADA dentists provide state-of-the-art, precision care.
Nominations for clinical research award sought
The ADA is accepting nominations for the 2018 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.
Industry Watch: Dentsply Sirona acquires Cleverdent
Dentsply Sirona announced Jan. 18 that it purchased Cleverdent. Based in Münster, Germany, Cleverdent is known for developing the ClasenUNO, a dental mirror and high volume evacuation tip.
Industry Watch: Sterngold hires director of technical, education department
Sterngold announced Jan. 5 the hiring of Robert Vasile to be director of the technical and educational department.
Industry Watch: Air Techniques appoints digital product manager
Air Techniques stated Jan. 2 that Robert Meehan accepted the role of digital products manager. Mr. Meehan will be in charge of the ProVecta X-Ray line and the CamX Camera line.
Students and children celebrate during the Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College and the Ninth District Dental Association's Feb. 16 Give Kids A Smile event.
Federal dental service leaders meet with the ADA Council on Government Affairs in Washington to discuss legislative and regulatory issues during the council's March 1-3 meeting.
Medical Music Group looking for new members
Medical Music Group, a symphony orchestra and chorale, is searching for health care professionals who can play musical instruments or sing.
Nassau County GKAS highlights dental care access challenges for kids with special needs
Patients with physical, medical, developmental or cognitive conditions require special consideration when receiving dental treatment, said Dr. Joseph Brofsky, pediatric dentistry section head at Cohen Children's Medical Center.
New grant program spurs international volunteerism
The ADA Foundation is launching a new grant program for international dental volunteer projects, designed to support established U.S.-based nonprofit organizations that are working to improve access to oral health care in underserved communities outside the U.S.
Oral cancers highlighted for April awareness
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and a good time for dental professionals to consider their role in screening head and neck cancers and making referrals when appropriate.
Study: Periodontal disease can increase risk of precancerous lesions associated with stomach cancer
An increase in oral bacteria associated with periodontal disease could contribute to an individual's risk for stomach cancer, according to a study published in the November 2017 issue of the Journal of Periodontology.
FDA: Don't use compounded drugs from Cantrell Drug Company
Health care professionals should not use drug products produced by Cantrell Drug Company of Little Rock, Arkansas, including opioids and antibiotics, because of "serious deficiencies" in the company's compounding operations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a March news release.
Mouthguard among ADA Seal-accepted products
In 2015, CustMbite Athletic Mouthguard (MVP & PRO) earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance and became the first athletic mouthguard to receive the Seal.
Get on track with head and neck cancer in series at ADA 2018
A head and neck cancer track at ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting offers dental professionals ways to learn about their role in cancer screening, biopsy and management.
Industry Watch: Dental Health Products donates to Every Smile Counts Day
Dental Health Products announced Feb. 20 that it donated $2,500 to the Every Smile Counts Day campaign, an event set up by the Dental Lifeline Network that provides volunteer dentists and labs with supplies and funding.
Webinar to explain providers’ role in helping DEA prevent prescription drug abuse
The ADA will host an April 25 webinar that addresses the opioid crisis and the practitioners’ role in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s closed system and diversion of prescription opioids.
Henry Schein donates health care supplies to nine dental schools
Henry Schein announced March 6 it is donating $265,000 in health care products to nine dental schools in support of the schools' oral health outreach missions to underserved communities in the U.S. and globally.
Comments sought on nonsurgical caries management
ADA members are invited to share their expertise and insight on the use of nonsurgical treatments for caries management.
ADA, CDC work together to clarify handpiece infection control recommendations
Responding to an urgent request from the ADA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released information regarding infection control for dental handpieces.
39 percent of U.S. dentists participate in Medicaid or CHIP for child dental services
According to the ADA Health Policy Institute, 39 percent of U.S. dentists participate in Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program for child dental services.
ADA helps develop dental chapter in national fire protection code
A chapter that can help dentists protect patients has for the first time been published in an edition of the National Fire Protection Association's Health Care Facilities Code.
'Big Idea' conference on group practices draws crowd
The ADA Big Idea 2018: Discovering Group Practice conference in Las Vegas on Jan. 31, held immediately before the American Academy of Dental Group Practice's annual meeting, was attended by more than 100 people learning how to create, expand and/or refine their own group practices.
CDC reports ‘cluster’ of dental professionals diagnosed with lung disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported March 9 on a cluster of a patients composed of dentists and dental workers treated at a specialty clinic in Virginia with chronic, progressive lung disease.
Build a winning team through team building track at ADA 2018
Assembling and developing the right staff are integral components in creating a successful dental practice.
Updated version of ADA's premier resource on fluoridation available
Dental professionals who have questions about water fluoridation can turn to the updated 2018 edition of "Fluoridation Facts," which was released in March, for answers.
Henry Schein donates health care supplies to nine dental schools
Melville, N.Y. — Henry Schein announced March 6 it is donating $265,000 in health care products to nine dental schools in support of the schools’ oral health outreach missions to underserved communities in the U.S. and globally.
ADA resources abound when it comes to signing contracts
Federal dental service leaders meet with ADA leaders in Washington
Government affairs: Federal dental service leaders meet with the ADA Council on Government Affairs in Washington to discuss legislative and regulatory issues during the council’s March 1-3 meeting.
Misleading explanation of benefits statements highlight need for standardization
This is the ninth 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.
Registration open for conference on correctional health care
Dental professionals who want to learn more about correctional health care issues are invited to a conference in Minneapolis April 21-24.
New guide to help complete claim forms correctly
If a dentist has ever wondered when to report a tooth or an oral cavity on a claim, The ADA Practice Institute has the answers in a new publication called “The ADA Guide to Dental Procedures Reported with Area of the Oral Cavity or Tooth Anatomy (or Both).”
ASDA elects 2018-19 national officers
The American Student Dental Association announced Feb. 26 it elected its 2018-19 national officers.
ADA's 10 Under 10 award winners
The ADA announced March 6 the recipients of its inaugural 10 Under 10 awards, which recognize 10 new dentists who demonstrate excellence in their work, community and inspiring others.
ADA CDHC program instrumental in success of Arizona nonprofit
Pima, Ariz. — In a crowded workshop during the Arizona Dental Hygiene Convention in 2015, MiQuel McRae couldn’t help but feel isolated when the group leader went over some facts.
ADA Member Advantage-endorsed backup, recovery system unveils enhanced solution
DDS Safe from The Digital Dental Record, a managed online data backup and recovery solution endorsed by ADA Member Advantage, announced in January an enhanced version of its backup system that could help dentists restore their information even faster.
Nominations sought for prestigious ADA research award
The ADA is accepting nominations for the 2018 Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research.
Just the Facts — March 5, 2018
Dentists by practice type
Emergency department referral models focus of webinar
Dental professionals can learn more about successful emergency department referral models at a no cost webinar presented by the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention.
Serve abroad with Health Volunteers Overseas
Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Dr. Richard L. Cohen’s international volunteerism with Health Volunteers Overseas has turned into a family affair.
Oklahoma Mission of Mercy donates $1.15 million in dental care
Dental professionals and volunteers donate over $1.15 million of dental care to underserved patients during the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy.
Free webinar to focus on utilization management reviews, compliance audits
The ADA will present a free webinar, A Carrier’s Perspective on Compliance Audits and Utilization Management, on March 20 from noon to 1 p.m. Central Daylight Time.