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The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation 2012 grant process intends to award $150,000 in grant funding. Each accepted proposal will be funded up to $25,000.

The New York Times reports that dentists are seeing an increase in the number of preschoolers with cavities.  While socioeconomic factors often play a role in the condition of children's oral health, the article suggests that lack of awareness about when to start brushing their children's teeth is to blame.

You may have noticed some significant changes to DTA’s website in 2012.  In addition to updating our site to reflect our new branding, we’ve updated all existing content and added plenty of new features to better serve our members’ needs.

The DTAF and the Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation have partnered to create two $5,000 annual scholarships for third or fourth year dental students.

May 3, 2012 -- The requirement to record payments and transfers of anything of value to dentists has been delayed until HHS publishes a final rule on the Physician Payment Sunshine provisions of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act.

The Florida Public Heath Institute recently released a report analyzing oral health emergency room spending in Florida. The institute found that hospital emergency room dental care visits have increased dramatically.

The FDA is expected to announce the first official steps to adopt a Unique Device Identification (UDI) system for the medical device industry. 

At the June FDA Reprocessing Reusable Medical Devices Conference, FDA staff presented new draft guidance that affects most DTA members.

September 27, 2011 -- Over 100 dental organizations have joined together to petition the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to define the essential pediatric benefit in ACA, endorse a set of dental services that reflect current professional and government evidence-based guidelines and make recommendations that are designed to improve oral health outcomes in children.

Reporting Starts Jan 1, 2012

Dental companies must record payments, and anything of value, given to dentists starting Jan. 1 as a requirement of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA).