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Orlando, Fla.—The House of Delegates just made it easier for members to pay their dues.

In a landmark move that reinforces the American Dental Association’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive profession, the ADA Board of Trustees has issued a public apology to dentists for not strongly enforcing nondiscriminatory membership practices prior to 1965.

“No dentist wants to find himself in a courtroom.”

The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop smoking for 24 hours with the long-term goal that the decision will last forever.

Joint Base Andrews, Md.—Maj. Gen. Gerard A. Caron, a former private practice dentist, assumed Air Force dental command and new medical command responsibilities in a Sept. 24 ceremony at this Maryland military base.

Battle Creek, Mich.—ADA President Raymond Gist questioned the policy impact of an Oct. 26 report on dental therapists while commending dialogue on the nation’s oral health.

Boise, Idaho—The private contractor that oversees Idaho’s Medicaid system reversed its decision Oct. 20 to drastically cut the number of dentists who provide Medicaid services.

He was standing at a podium in Orlando addressing the House of Delegates—the “supreme governing body” of the Association—but in a larger sense he was speaking directly to the entire ADA membership, 157,000 strong.

Washington—Third molar clinical studies may offer new risk-benefit guidance for dentist and patient decision making on wisdom tooth treatment, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons researchers said at an Oct. 19 news conference.

Dr. Don Hite of Independence, Mo., asks about a light curing unit Oct. 9 at the World Marketplace Exhibition during annual session in Orlando, Fla.

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is moving ahead with a major renovation of its 35-year-old Dental Sciences Building, thanks in part to a $1.5 million gift from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation.

Transitions taking shape at the ADA over the past few years have included a number of changes in senior management. What follows is a “who’s who” of current ADA senior managers.

The genetic codes that determine food preferences may also determine caries risk, according to a recent study.

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom—SmileHigh, a dental charity that serves children in Nepal, is seeking volunteers to join a dental aid expedition to the Everest region.

Whirlpool offers ADA members exclusive discounts on dozens of high quality appliances for their homes and practices. Whirlpool’s appliances can also help dentists maintain a clean environment in their practices.

West Hartford, Conn.—Dr. Jack S. Opinsky, a past trustee from ADA’s 1st District (1985-91), died Oct. 1 from complications of a fall. He was 83 years old.

Rockville, Md.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to remind dental professionals that serious injuries, including third-degree burns, may be associated with the use of poorly maintained electric dental handpieces during dental procedures.

Onstage Oct. 9 at the Opening General Session of the Association’s 151st annual session in Orlando, Fla., then ADA President Ronald L. Tankersley stands with Dr. Terry Dickinson, 2010 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient and founder of the Missions of Mercy project, and Dr. Ted Roberson, president of the International College of Dentists, USA Section.

The ADA Catalog is offering a 15 percent discount on all patient education orders of $100 or more from now until Dec. 15 with priority code 10429.

Members asked for it, and the ADA Professional Product Review has answered with a new feature designed to help dentists keep up with the latest in pharmacology.

Boston—The 36th annual Yankee Dental Congress takes place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Jan. 26-30, 2011.

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