March 19 is the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' annual observance of Kick Butts Day, and a good time to remind patients and community leaders about the importance of tobacco prevention for young people.
Washington—American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry appeals for standardized Medicaid audit procedures reflected one aspect of a deep and rich conversation Feb. 24-25 on the urgent need for collaboration among state Medicaid dental programs, organized dentistry (representing the practitioner) and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
While NASCAR's Greg Biffle was in Florida preparing for the 2014 season-opening Daytona 500, dental and dental industry leaders gathered Feb. 20 at the Chicago Dental Society's 149th Midwinter Meeting at McCormick Place West to laud the Give Kids A Smile ambassador's work in raising awareness of oral health issues.
Washington—A publication produced by Families USA and the Children's Dental Health Project offers guidance to parents on Buying Children's Dental Coverage through the Marketplace (https://www.cdhp.org/blog/257-cdhp-and-families-usa-create-helpful-guide-for-parents), the Affordable Care Act health insurance shopping mart.
Charlotte, N.C.—A symposium to explore community water fluoridation and other fluoride models is set here for March 21 at the jointly held 43rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research and the 38th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.