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ADA weighs in on ACA repeal

Washington — As the new Congress considers replacement legislation for the Affordable Care Act, the Association on Jan. 13 shared its priorities with the new administration. In a letter to Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Richard Neal, D-Mass., ADA President Gary L. Roberts and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin […]

ADA develops new dental standards on teeth whitening, other topics

By Michelle Manchir A new resource is available for dental professionals who whiten patients’ teeth. In January, the American National Standards Institute approved an ADA-developed standard regarding products for external tooth bleaching. ANSI/ADA Standard No. 136 addresses requirements and test methods for products intended for external bleaching of natural teeth by chemical means, and is […]

FDA approves premarket application for Allergan’s Juvederm Ultra XC in lip augmentation

Silver Spring, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration Sept. 30 approved a supplemental premarket application for a new indication for Allergan’s Juvederm Ultra XC. The supplemental approval for Juvederm Ultra XC, an injectable hyaluronic acid/lidocaine gel combination, is for injection into the lips and perioral area for lip augmentation in adults 21 years of […]

American Dental Association Report to Congress Addresses Barriers to Access

Report Highlights Solutions, Programs and Needed Next Steps The American Dental Association (ADA) released its inaugural “Action for Dental Health: Report to Congress” which recognizes the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Action for Dental Health (ADH) movement and the grassroots efforts taking place across the country to eliminate barriers to dental health. The […]

ADA debuts dental symptom checker app

CHICAGO, Jan. 8, 2013 – The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced the ADA® Dental Symptom Checker™ on MouthHealthy.org to provide patients with accurate information about their oral health symptoms, help them make better-informed decisions about their oral health, help build consumer awareness of the importance of oral health and recognize the benefits of regular dental visits. […]

ADA delegates debate governance, finances

IDA representatives to the ADA House of Delegates engaged in debate over governance restructuring and finances at the October meeting in San Francisco. Ultimately, the current governance structure was left largely unchanged. The House also approved a $10 dues increase, much lower than the $30 dollar increase originally proposed. The ADA House also approved increasing […]

ADA addresses fraudulent dues billing

On Jan. 3, 2012, the American Dental Association was alerted that many dentists across the country had received a fraudulent membership renewal communication via fax to their dental offices indicating payment should be sent to a post office (P.O.) box in Brockton, Mass. This prompted the ADA and IDA to distribute alerts that afternoon about […]