2020 presented many new challenges for practicing dentists as they were forced to enact new procedures and grapple with unprecedented change presented by a global pandemic. In addition, dental offices nationwide had to deal with another challenge: complying with the new amalgam separator law.
When we go to the dentist, we are used to paying for the appointment through a private insurance company or out-of-pocket. Government-funded programs do exist, but their scope is relatively limited. Other places in the world have different models to pay for various health care services.
Patients who have neglected their dental health while dealing with substance use disorder find themselves in pain due to severe decay and gum disease; many of them also have anxiety and stress about visiting a dentist after becoming sober.
The ADA started with seven recognized specialties and has only added five specialties in the past 160 years. Three of the specialties, dental anesthesiology, oral medicine and orofacial pain, were recognized in the last three years. Ever wonder why more specialties aren’t recognized?
With the COVID-19 vaccination readily administered in local pharmacies, hospitals and even university campuses, the government is attempting to increase the vaccine rate to achieve herd immunity. However, what if you went to your dentist and, after discussing your treatment plan, they were able to administer the vaccine as well?
The ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP) was founded in 2006 and to date, over 400 dental students from 40 different U.S. and Canadian schools have taken part in it. The goal of the program is to discover and contribute to future dental faculty and researchers through one-on-one mentorship between current dental school faculty and students interested in academic dentistry.
The Integrated National Dental Board Examination (INDBE) was launched in August 2020 as an option for third- and fourth-year dental students to take on their pathway to dental licensure.