Category Archives: Advocacy

10 Under 10: Dr. Tim Treat

Growing up in Northern Indiana, Dr. Tim Treat looked to his father and grandfather as role models. Both owned small businesses and were seen as leaders in their community. But Dr. Treat also wanted to help people and as he grew to know his dentist, he started thinking of a career in dentistry as a way to satisfy… Read More »

Twin patients advocate for the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act

Editor’s note: The ADA is one of 35 organizations supporting the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act — legislation that would require all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services that repair or restore congenital anomalies. In February, the organizations sent a letter to legislators that they believe the ELSA would positively impact the quality of life… Read More »

ADA files complaint with FTC, FDA against SmileDirect Club

The Association announced July 11 it sent a complaint letter to the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, raising concerns over aspects of SmileDirect Club’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners. The letter, sent on June 27, comes about two months after the Association filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,… Read More »

Dentists urge lawmakers to reauthorize Higher Education Act, share student debt stories

Washington — “Can you imagine starting out your career owing more than you might pay for a house?” Those were the words of Dr. Raymond Jarvis, a dentist from Shreveport, Louisiana, in his statement for the record to the House Committee on Small Business and its June 12 hearing, The Doctor is Out. Rising Student Loan Debt and… Read More »

The turning point in dental licensure modernization is upon us

Whenever and wherever dentists gather, there are few conversational topics which generate more professional unity than the archaic licensure process and fragmented portability landscape which still, in 2019, significantly restrict dentists’ freedom of movement to live and practice anywhere in the United States. The reality is that these regional exams, centered on single-snapshot-in-time procedures on patients, are inherently… Read More »

Treating patients with special needs is fulfilling

New York — Dr. Chelsea Fosse knew she wanted to work with patients with special needs even before she enrolled in dental school. After she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, the Michigan-raised dentist worked at the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she gained exposure to the health care hurdles often faced by those with intellectual… Read More »