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Health equity and dentistry

Removing barriers essential in helping all patients achieve optimal oral health



Current data on COVID-19

Coronavirus iconCheck this page regularly for the latest COVID-19 data available from the CDC, WHO and Johns Hopkins University.

SmileCon CE to 'focus on the whole person'

SmileCon's continuing education program will be about more than just checking off requirements. It will focus on the whole person, helping attendees keep up with a rapidly changing world and make meaningful connections along the way.

Atlanta dental clinic focuses on meeting health care needs of people with developmental disabilities

Deidra T. Rondeno, D.D.S., took her passion for providing oral health care to people with developmental disabilities and founded the DDD Foundation Inc., the only private dental clinic in Georgia that exclusively cares for people with developmental disabilities.

ADA urges HHS to include oral health in next COVID-19 equity task force meeting

The ADA is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to discuss how oral health has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during the next meeting of the agency’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

Coalition urges Surgeon General to release 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health

The ADA and other stakeholders are asking the Office of the Surgeon General to release the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.

Webinar explores health literacy as it applies to vaccination

A May 19 webinar will discuss how health literacy can be an instrumental tool when discussing and providing vaccinations.


CDC updates guidance for fully vaccinated individuals

The CDC continues to update its guidance for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, although most recommended precautions, such as the use of personal protective equipment, remain the same for health care settings, including dental offices.

ADA supports PPP reform bills to support dental practices

The ADA is supporting new legislation to give small businesses more flexibility with the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

Webinar: What’s your next move as the economy reopens?

Rebounding from COVID-19 takes planning. This free webinar at 12 p.m. ET on May 20, sponsored by Guardian, will help dentists create a strategic business map to navigate and manage your practice’s economic future.

Phone scripts to get new dental patients in the door

This free e-book from MGE Management offers practical tips and scripts to help your practice's front office team field common inquiries about treatment costs, in-network and out-of-network insurance and second opinions. This resource also includes a sample intake form and call log.

E-book: How to evaluate a dental imaging system and software

In this free e-book, Dentsply Sirona guides dentists through the top considerations in evaluating and selecting imaging technology to improve dental health and the patient experience.

5 must-have features for mobile and teledentistry software

This free e-book from Teledentix explores the many ways dentists can integrate teledentistry into their practices through new clinical tools, like voice-activated periocharting, booking appointments online, and serving up digital forms.


ADA readers are invited to contribute opinions about dental topics. Read their letters and MyView columns here.

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Established in 1970 as the official newspaper of the American Dental Association, the ADA News serves practicing dentists and others allied to the dental profession in the U.S. and internationally. It is the No. 1 source of news and information about the many benefits and services the ADA delivers to members daily as well as timely information on scientific, social, political and economic developments affecting dentistry and health care.