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Dental plan transparency continues to drive advocacy efforts

20 states now have legislation limiting network leasing


The American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile program kicked off in early February, which is also National Children’s Dental Health Month, bringing free oral health services to hundreds of thousands of children across the U.S.

Giving back: Indiana University dental students Sydney Caskey, left, and Sydney Twiggs, right, examine KeyAisha Dillard under faculty supervision during the Give Kids A Smile national kickoff Feb. 7 at the dental school.
Happy face: Carla Briones, 8, has her face painted by Indiana University School of Dentistry second-year student Nicole Quint during the Give Kids A Smile national kickoff event Feb. 7 at the Indianapolis dental school.
Made up: A patient has her face painted at the Idaho State University GKAS. The event had 104 volunteers, including 23 local dentists to provide $27,000 in free care to children.
Good to go: On Feb. 1, 86 children received free dental care at the Dental Hygiene Clinic at Idaho State University in Pocatello. Patients received services like cleanings, X-rays, fluoride varnish and dental sealants.
Back to back: Dr. Joe Park examines a child’s teeth Feb. 5 on an American Indian reservation in Choctaw, Mississippi. Indian Health Service dentists conducted more than 100 Give Kids A Smile events across the country.
Hands-on: Dental student Sofia Thompson teaches during Rush Medical College’s “Dental Day” Feb. 8 at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Protection: Stony Brook University dental school student Tiffany Chung applies fluoride varnish to a patient’s teeth with faculty supervision during GKAS in Suffolk County. Photo courtesy of Suffolk County Dental Society
Clean teeth: Stony Brook University dental school students Cynthia Kuang, from left, and Karen Doh discuss oral hygiene with a patient during GKAS in Suffolk County. Photo courtesy of Suffolk County Dental Society
Ready to help: Volunteers gather Feb. 8 during the Suffolk County Dental Society’s Give Kids A Smile event at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, New York. Photo courtesy of Suffolk County Dental Society



ADA seeks appointee to Joint Commission board

The Association is calling for nominations of qualified individuals to serve as the ADA appointee to the Joint Commission Board of Commissioners.


Study investigates cellular mechanism behind dental fluorosis

Results from an NYU College of Dentistry study suggest how excess fluoride exposure affects the cells forming tooth enamel — possibly explaining how dental fluorosis arises.


NIDCR seeks comments on research proposal

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is seeking comments on a proposed research initiative on dental fear and anxiety. Deadline is March 13.

Indian Health Service, ADA collaborate on Give Kids A Smile for first time

It was a Give Kids A Smile event not only for the children of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians but also no fewer than 117 Indian Health Service dental programs across 24 states that were participating in GKAS with the events alone estimated to involve 14,000 American Indian/Alaska Native children.


ADA seeks applicants for standards awards

The American Dental Association is accepting submissions for awards that honor standards-based research.

New dentists, ADA officers and Board members meet Feb. 9 to exchange ideas

Dr. Emily Mattingly, chair, New Dentist Committee, 6th District, shares her experience as a new dentist in a rural Missouri town. Three other NDC members also shared  new dentist perspectives.

ADA comments on surprise billing

The ADA is weighing in on two pieces of legislation aimed at streamlining billing procedures for patients.

CDC reminds clinicians to use standard precautions, recommends isolating patients with coronavirus symptoms

WHO declares a "public health emergency," but the flu remains a greater threat to average Americans.


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