20 Wins in 2023

Together, we accomplished so much in 2023, from advancing legislation and scientific research to delivering new resources to help you thrive. Here’s a look back at some of our favorite moments.

1. With the help of ADA’s State Public Affairs program, over 100 bills have been filed by 34 state dental societies looking to improve dental insurance (PDF) in their state to benefit patients and dentists.

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

2. Continued fighting for improved access to care, advocating for expanded payment codes at hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical centers so patients can avoid surgical center billing limitations that previously denied or delayed treatment.

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3. Our “Dental Sound Bites™” podcast won 3 national awards, surpassed 100,000 downloads and continues to bring you real talk on the biggest issues facing dentists today.

Dental Sound Bites Season 3 Episode 4 with Dr. Mina Ghorbanifarajzadeh

4. Our ADA Member App now has over 26k downloads, offering a career path quiz and expanded career resources, dental licensure support, mentorship opportunities and more

5. Debuted the ADA Forsyth Institute, combining the ADA Science and Research Institute (SRI) and the Forsyth Institute into one world-class research organization driving innovations to propel dentistry forward.

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6. Awarded a $130,000 grant from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to conduct research on saliva testing to monitor and predict the exacerbation of inflammatory bowel disease in pediatric patients.

Image of a patient completing a saliva test.

7. ADA Chief Economist Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., testified at the Senate’s first oral health hearing in a decade, about the state of oral health in the U.S. to address policies around health disparities.

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8. Created ADA.org/FMLA, a central resource on Federal and State policies covering employment leave to support dentists needing time away from the practice.

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9. Like, love, share or DM us on 6 ADA social channels.

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10. Strengthened our Tripartite during the 70+ cross-country visits made to state and local dental societies and schools by ADA leaders.

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11. Increased the Laurel Road student loan refinancing discount and added a free loan consultation benefit from GradFin.

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12. Supported improving children’s dental health via 1,265 Give Kids A Smile® events nationwide.

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13. Connected 9,000+ dentists and dental professionals at SmileCon® 2023 with 300+ CE offerings, wellness sessions, speakers and networking opportunities.

14. Held the first ADA Health and Well-Being Summit bringing Tripartite stakeholders and industry experts together to support developing wellness programs for the dental community.

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15. Developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) standards to assure that future uses of AI and AI-based products support high quality dental care and patient safety.

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16. Saved 115,000 dentists’ time on paperwork by using the ADA’s Credentialing Service, powered by CAQH®

CAQH ADA Credentialing

17. Scientific discoveries from The Journal of the American Dental Association attracted broad attention, being cited by the media over 3,000 times.

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18. ADA Spokespersons provided science-based oral health information to hundreds of media outlets, including CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show and more.

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19. Added new member discounts from Threadfellows, Compliancy Group and Avid Traveling!

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20. Published a new clinical practice guideline exploring management of acute dental pain in children to support your evidence-based treatment decisions.

Acute dental pain manage for children under 12