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Dental Leaders Advocate for Top Oral Health Executive

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), and the Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) this week urged our nation’s legislators to restore the position of chief dental officer with executive-level authority and resources to oversee the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) dental programs and oral health initiatives. Leaders from these four organizations convened on Capitol Hill to advocate that good oral health is an essential public health need, and the agency’s current staffing structure fails to adequately support individuals across the country.

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Women in Dentistry See Progress, Continued Challenges

CHICAGO, Illinois – When Dr. Harriet Seldin studied dentistry in 1978, she said it wasn’t uncommon for a patient to tell her she was the first woman dentist he or she has seen. “I look back at that time, and I’m amazed at how few of us there were,” said Dr. Seldin, of San Diego. “In my class, it was about 20 percent women, and that was considered very high.”

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ADHA Teams with Other Oral Health Professionals to Help Reduce Childhood Obesity

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University has been awarded $747,689 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to identify opportunities for engaging oral health professionals (dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants) in reducing childhood obesity by using evidence-based recommendations and strategies. The project aligns with two RWJF goals: (1) to eliminate young children’s consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and (2) to ensure that children enter kindergarten at a healthy weight.

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ADA President and Hermey the Elf Announce New Holiday Campaign

Happy & Healthy Holiday Tips developed from summit in Santa's Castle

SANTA'S CASTLE – In a first of its kind summit, American Dental Association (ADA) President Carol Summerhays, D.D.S., traveled from California to meet with Hermey the Elf, D.D.G. in Santa's Castle to address poor dental health behaviors around the holidays. In a joint press conference following the meeting, Hermey and Dr. Summerhays announced their new campaign, Happy and Healthy Holiday Tips.

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ADA, White House Partner on Opioid Abuse Prevention Initiative

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The American Dental Association today announced it is entering a strategic partnership with the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services to help prevent opioid drug-related overdoses and deaths. The partnership will complement the work of the American Medical Association Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, which the ADA joined in August.

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Louisiana Dentist Chosen President-Elect of American Dental Association

Gary L. Roberts, D.D.S., to assume ADA presidency in 2016

Gary L. Roberts, D.D.S., a general dentist based in Shreveport, Louisiana, is the new president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Roberts was recently elected during a meeting of the ADA House of Delegates in Washington, D.C. He will assume the role of president of the ADA in October 2016, when he will lead the 158,000-member organization, America's leading advocate for oral health.

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ADA Member Dr. Kathy Kell Wins FDI President-elect

CHICAGO, Illinois – For the first time in 30 years, an ADA member will serve as President-elect of the FDI World Dental Federation. Dr. Kathy Kell, Iowa, won the chief election on September 24th at the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.

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2011 Is "The Year of the Mouth" Declares AAOSH President

MADISON, Wisconsin – The Chinese have designated 2011 "The Year of the Rabbit," however, the bunnies are being asked to step aside because the president of the United States' fastest growing health organization, The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) is proclaiming the year 2011 as the "Year of the Mouth." AAOSH is taking a stand that the mouth is the first place to start for overall body health and longer life. In recent years the studies have been piling up connecting poor oral health to the deadliest of diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Oral health problems have also been shown to have close connections to many other serious health concerns like Alzheimer's, arthritis, pneumonia and pregnancy complications.

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American Dental Association Names New Legal Affairs Chief

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Dental Association (ADA) has announced the appointment of J. Craig Busey as its Chief Legal Counsel, with responsibilities for managing the organization's Division of Legal Affairs.

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Pennsylvania Dental Association Launches Newly Redesigned Website

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) has launched a newly redesigned website. The new site, still at, features a user-friendly navigation structure, as well as a more intuitive organization of information. A new color palette also was chosen to make the site more eye-catching. The patient section,, contains a wealth of information for the public, and we encourage you to check it out.

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