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The American Dental Association

Friday, April 22, 2011 @ 11:04 AM Karen Hood

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The American Dental Association is the oldest and largest dental association in the world. Founded in 1865, the ADA is widely recognized as the best source of information, dental product recommendations, and oral health advocacy by both dentists and patients alike.

The ADA also has a charitable foundation that raises money to provide scholarships for dental students, fund research in various areas of dental science, bring oral hygiene education programs into schools, and provide disaster relief supplies. Learn more about the ADA Foundation here.

The 2011 Annual Session of the ADA will be held from October 11-13 in Las Vegas, bringing together leaders in dental practice, research, academics and industry to present more than 260 continuing education courses over four days. Condoleezza Rice is this year’s Distinguished Speaker, and there will be a special reception for new dentists and dental students as well as a world marketplace exhibition, presentations on the latest dental technology, and educational courses on a wide range of oral hygiene topics, even a live demonstration of dental surgery techniques. The ADA Annual Session is a great opportunity for members of the dental community to network and keep up-to-date in their profession. Registration is open now.

For the average person outside the dental profession, the ADA offers a wealth of resources on their website that enables you to find a dentist in your area, a comprehensive A-Z list of topics that will address almost every question anyone could have about dental procedures and health, information on dental insurance and financing, tips for dealing with dental emergencies, and more. There are also ADA programs for educators, children, and employers that address the specific needs and viewpoints of each of these groups.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is perhaps the most well-known facet of the organization, for many Americans recognize the logo immediately as a sign of reliability, safety, and efficacy in dental products. Started in 1930, the Seal of Acceptance program researches and rigorously tests consumer dental products before approving them. Today, over 300 products carry the Seal’s logo. You can find a comprehensive list of these products as well as information about the history of the program, what guidelines are used, and how products are evaluated here.

As a member of the American Dental Association, Dr. James G. Hood is committed to serving his patients with the best quality dental care, up-to-date technology and techniques, and continuing oral hygiene health through the advocacy of home care and education.

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