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GO SMiLE Sues Former Founder—Celebrity Dentist, Dr. Jonathan Levine—for Trademark Infringement to Prevent Consumer Confusion

NEW YORK, New York – Last month, GO SMiLE filed a federal lawsuit against its former founder, Dr. Jonathan B. Levine and his dental practice. Levine is a dentist who counts numerous A-List celebrities among his clients, and has appeared on the Dr. Oz show. Levine co-founded GO SMiLE in 2002 with his wife, Stacey Levine, but sold his interest in the company in 2008. As part of the sale, Levine voluntarily gave up any right to use GO SMiLE's trademarks and signed an agreement not to compete with GO SMiLE for a period of time.

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Dentists Protest Against New Regulation

Dentists are protesting against a new regulation, which they feel is unnecessary and a waste of time.

LONDON, England – Hundreds of dentists have written to The Telegraph to protest against the new regulation, which requires them to register with the Care Quality Commission by 2011; GPs and hospitals must also register with CQC.

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ADA Comments on Kellogg Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist Study

Prevention, oral health literacy, rebuilding public health infrastructure are key

b> The American Dental Association (ADA) said today that it welcomes an organization of the stature of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to join the fight to improve the nation's oral health.

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Governor Rendell Signs Expanded Function Dental Assistant Legislation

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Governor Edward G. Rendell today signed into law House Bill 602: an act amending the act of May 1, 1933 (P.L. 216, No.76), known as the Dental Law, further defining "expanded function dental assistant;" further providing for the State Board of Dentistry; and providing for scope of practice of expanded function dental assistant.

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Pew Urges Congress to Fund Reforms Meant to Improve Children’s Dental Health

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The Pew Center on the States today urged congressional leaders to fund dental care measures in the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee held its first hearings on the Department of Health and Human Services budget, which would fund the grants to states for school-based dental sealant programs, demonstration projects with new dental providers and to ensure every state has help with prevention programs.

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American Dental Association Applauds Legislators for Introducing "Meth Mouth" Bill

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia-- Dr. John S. Findley, president of the American Dental Association (ADA), applauded Capitol Hill legislators today for introducing a federal bill aimed at understanding and treating "meth mouth"—a condition where teeth can become blackened, stained, rotting and crumbling from methamphetamine use.

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Dental Assisting Legislation Update

ALBANY, New York – On July 26, 2006, Governor George Pataki signed into law Chapter 300 of the laws of 2006 (effective January 22, 2007), which revolutionized the profession of certified dental assisting in New York State and brought New York in line with many other states in allowing expanded duties for dental auxiliaries.

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AGD Applauds Increase in Health Care Programs, But More Help Is Needed

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) wholeheartedly supports and extends its appreciation to Congress for increasing the Title VII health professions programs in the recently passed Joint Funding resolution (H.J.Res. 20) that will fund the federal government through the remainder of fiscal year 2007. The resolution provided $185 million for the Title VII health professions programs, an increase of $40 million over fiscal year 2006. The additional Title VII funds include an $8 million increase for primary care medicine and dentistry programs, up to $48 million.

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Passport Demand Increases Demand On The Dental Profession Dentists Wanted As Guarantors Of Passports

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The rush for passports to meet new American requirements for all air travel between the US and Canada has had an impact on the 1700 dental practices around British Columbia. The link? Each passport application must be signed by a guarantor who can confirm the person?s identity, and with the long term relationship that patients have with their dentists, there has been a steady demand for this service in dental offices since late 2006.

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Governor Schwarzenegger Approves Bill Giving California Citizens Greater Access to Reconstructive and Elective Cosmetic Surgical Care of the Head and Neck

SACRAMENTO, California – With the results of his recently commissioned occupational survey of oral and maxillofacial surgery in hand, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 438 into law, thereby permitting oral and maxillofacial surgeons, based on their education and training, to perform elective facial cosmetic procedures.

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