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10 Ways the ADA Made a Difference in 2017

Find out how the American Dental Association made a difference in the lives of its member dentists and their patients in 2017.

1. Introduced new credentialing service. The ADA® credentialing service, powered by CAQH ProView® is a digital solution that helps streamline the credentialing process. Now you can spend more time on patients and less time on paperwork. Start today at

2. Helped new patients find you. Since the launch of our ad campaign in July, the ADA Find-a-Dentist® website has seen more than 1,000,000 visits from potential patients. Make sure they find you! Take five minutes to upload your picture and update your profile. Find details at

3. Participated in national dental legislation for the public. The Action for Dental Health Act of 2017, calling for Congress to authorize additional oral health promotion and disease prevention programs, was passed by the House’s Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health by a unanimous vote. Also, the EPA published a final rule governing discharges of amalgam waste which closely follows the ADA’s best management practices for amalgam waste and meets the nine principals established by the ADA House of Delegates as a condition for supporting a national rule. In addition, the ADA has been pressing Congress to take an active role in addressing opioid abuse, including helping convince the FDA to institute a prescriber education and outreach strategy to deal with the category of short-active opioids that dentists sometimes prescribe for acute pain.

4. Participated in national dental legislation for your dental practice and the dental profession. The ADA continues to work towards reform regarding Medicare enrollment requirements and section 1557 regulation through active lobbying efforts. In addition, the ADA testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in support of the medical credentialing system provision, calling for the Indian Health Service (IHS) to implement a centralized system to credential licensed health care professionals who seek to provide health care services at any IHS facility.

5. Streamlined online CE offerings. The ADA offers hundreds of online continuing education options, and our new CE tool enables you to keep track of the CE you take, and print out the certificates you need. Learn more at

6. Helped you stay current on third-party payer advocacy. ADA members can now access data and documentation to help make sound decisions about payer networks, as well as obtain guidance on contract negotiations, financial forecasts, coding and reimbursements. Read more at

7. Assisted with debt management. ADA membership entitles dentists to an additional 0.25% rate reduction on already-low interest rates on student loan refinancing through our endorsed partner Laurel Road, a division of Darien Rowayton Bank. The average dentist has saved more than $30,000. View rates, terms and conditions, and disclosures at

8. Released new clinical guidelines and chairside guides. The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry created new practice guidelines on the Evaluation of Potentially Malignant Disorders in the Oral Cavity, Sealants and Topical Fluoride. Read more at

9. Developed even more support for your practice. The ADA Center for Professional Success created new resources for dentists on topics including preventing and dealing with identity theft, disaster preparedness and recovery, how to comply with the amalgam separator rule, and various webinars targeting common practice needs, such as how to use social media to promote your practice. 

10. Offered new materials to help educate your patients. The ADA Catalog released a new brochure on tooth erosion and updated 20 existing brochures, including its top-seller on periodontal disease. The Catalog has also updated its CDT reference guide and many other professional resource products. Visit to find out more.