Category Archives: Policy

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 »

HPI: Shifting practice configurations

Traditional solo practices are becoming less common as dentists gravitate toward group practices, a trend that is likely to continue. Fewer dentists were in solo practices in 2017 (51%) than in 2010 (56%), a trend even more evident among dentists ages 35 to 44, from 49% in 2010 to 40% in 2017, and dentists younger than 35, from… Read More »

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 »

Location, location, location: Dental incomes vary depending on where you live

The average annual net income of general dentists in 2018 was $175,840 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To be able to compare dentist incomes across states, the ADA Health Policy Institute performed additional analysis, adjusting the state-level average net incomes for cost of living. General dentists in Delaware ($263,912), Rhode Island ($255,211) and Alaska ($246,063)… Read More »

Register for 2019 DQA Conference

The 2019 Dental Quality Alliance Conference, “Pathway to Improvement”, will take place May 17-18 at the ADA Headquarters in Chicago. This Conference is designed to strengthen in-depth understanding of the quality measurement infrastructure within dentistry by canvassing on concrete opportunities for system-wide improvement. Those who attend both days can earn 10 CE credits (5 each day). May 17… 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 »