Category Archives: Advocacy

Have you talked to your patients about substance abuse?

In March 2018, the ADA announced a new policy demonstrating the Association’s commitment to fighting opioid abuse while continuing to help patients manage dental pain. Broaching substance abuse or opioid misuse can be difficult for providers. The National Institute on Drug Abuse created a new webpage, Screening for Substance Use in the Dental Setting, to help dentists and… Read More »

Memorial Day: Group seeks dentists to volunteer, donate services to veterans

Denver — In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, Dental Lifeline Network announced May 14 it launched a volunteer recruitment campaign encouraging dentists to provide dental care to veterans, specifically those with special needs. Aptly called, “Will You See One Vet,” the campaign asks general dentists and specialists to volunteer and donate their services to help veterans through… Read More »

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for April 27. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Dentists and their patients are encouraged to return expired or unwanted prescriptions to various… Read More »

Making a difference through synergy

People frequently ask me why I am so active in my involvement with the state dental association. It’s a good question. I don’t get paid for it, and it takes a lot of time out of my schedule, something that is tough when you are a new dentist. However, the ultimate answer is best told through an experience… Read More »

10 Under 10 Awards: Recognizing dentistry’s brightest rising stars

Nevada’s dental health officer tasked with devising sustainable tactics for providing oral health to the state’s 2.9 million residents. A Navy officer researching treatment for medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. A dentist advancing oral health care protocols at long-term facilities and end-of-life dental service utilization. The ADA announced March 25 the recipients of its second annual 10 Under… Read More »

ADA advocacy highlights from 2018

Washington — The past year was full of big wins for the Association, including advocating for the Action for Dental Health Act and supporting landmark opioid legislation — both of which were signed into law, according to ADA News. Here follows some of the key advocacy issues, including those affecting new dentists, the ADA addressed in 2018. For… Read More »