Category Archives: Advocacy

On dental licensure exams, the elephant has had enough

People can’t stop talking about dental licensure. What has been dentistry’s elephant in the room for so long has finally grown tired of being ignored and overlooked and made excuses for. I took my exam almost one year ago to the day. And if I’m being honest, I haven’t given it too much thought since. But strangely enough,… Read More »

ADA, ASDA want Congress to support dental student borrowers

Washington — In an effort to improve the borrowing rate on dental student loans, the Association has joined forces with the American Student Dental Association and endorsed H.R. 4223, the Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt Act, according to ADA News. The bill, introduced by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., has 21 congressional co-sponsors… Read More »

ADA calls for increased licensure portability

Decisions by some dental state boards on the licensure exam has revived calls by the ADA and partnering organizations for state boards across the country to increase, rather than restrict, the portability of dental professionals, according to ADA News. The ADA has analyzed the examinations administered by each of the testing agencies — CDCA and CITA administer the… Read More »

World Oral Health Day launches video campaign

Ahead of World Oral Health Day on March 20, the FDI World Dental Federation launched a new video. The short and humorous video shows a montage of two people attempting (and failing!) activities such as dancing, meditating and shaving while brushing their teeth. The video has been created to heighten awareness of the importance of focusing time solely… Read More »

Q&A: Dr. Justin Norbo on the importance of advocacy

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a New Dentist Now series focused on informing new dentists on the importance of advocacy and on policies and proposed legislation affecting them. Dr. Justin Norbo is a general dentist in Purcellville, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in 2010. He is a third-year member of… Read More »

Q&A Part 2: Dr. Ryan Braden, Wisconsin Dental Association’s youngest president

Dr. Ryan Braden is a general dentist in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In 2015, at age 37—and only 10 years after graduating from Marquette University School of Dentistry, Dr. Braden became president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, its youngest to take on the position. Dr. Braden spoke with New Dentist Now on how he first became involved in organized… Read More »