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Dr. Jack Ferracane Appointed Founding Editor in Chief of ADA’s New Open Access Journal

Posted on October 19, 2020

Jack L. Ferracane, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and director of the Division of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, has been chosen to become the founding editor in chief of the American Dental Association’s (ADA’s) new open access journal.

The new peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal will publish research findings spanning basic and clinical sciences and will provide a forum for researchers in a range of disciplines: biology, chemistry, engineering and computer science, as well as epidemiology and public health, for example. It will convey advances in basic science directly to experts in clinical dentistry and medicine, with the aim of applying new and emerging scientific ideas, tools and techniques to research questions relevant to oral health. Dr. Ferracane was chosen in part for his commitment to bringing the relevance of basic discovery to the practicing dentist.

“I have spent my entire career teaching and learning from dental students and practicing oral health care providers. I have received a few honors, but in truth, the ones that I have most cherished have been those bestowed by clinical groups or associations,” Dr. Ferracane said. “I will gear my efforts as editor to showcasing scientific discoveries that are important and useful to the practicing dentist.”

“The ADA is thrilled to be launching this new platform, which will focus on all areas of basic research that inform oral health,” said Kathleen O’Loughlin, D.M.D., M.P.H., executive director of the ADA. “We are honored to introduce Dr. Ferracane as the founding editor of our new open-access science journal and are excited to see how his vast expertise and knowledge will help the publication come to life.”

An ADA search committee launched a national effort to find an individual with a reputation as an outstanding research scientist in oral health, an educator and an editor. Dr. Ferracane was chosen from among a field of exceptional leaders in oral health research, not only for his distinguished research and academic achievements, but also for his determination to create a community of researchers, scholars and clinicians with a shared goal of accelerating the pace of discovery in oral health.

Dr. Ferracane is an honorary professor at the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry and is adjunct professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Oregon Health & Science University.

Dr. Ferracane has held national office, first as vice president and then as president of the American Association for Dental Research. He is an elected fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, and a recipient of the Wilmer Souder Award from the Dental Materials Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), which is the oldest of the IADR’s Distinguished Scientist Awards. He was elected an honorary member of the American College of Dentists and the Oregon Dental Association and received the Hollenback Prize from the Academy of Operative Dentistry.

Dr. Ferracane, a prolific author of scientific papers, sits on numerous editorial boards, and currently serves on the editorial board of Operative Dentistry, and as an associate editor of the Journal of Dental Research and for Odontology.

Dr. Ferracane received a B.S. degree in biological sciences from the University of Illinois and both a M.S. and Ph.D. in biological materials from Northwestern University.  







John Timothy Wright, James Bawden Distinguished Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill Appointed Next Editor in Chief of The Journal of the American Dental Association

Posted on October 19, 2020

John Timothy Wright, D.D.S., M.S., a pediatric dentist and professor in the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill was appointed to become the next editor in chief of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). The appointment, made by the American Dental Association (ADA) Board of Trustees, follows a national search. The search committee sought an outstanding clinician scientist to fill the role, a strategist and visionary with a national reputation.

The search yielded an extraordinary field of highly gifted candidates, each of whom exemplified the highest achievements in academia, research, clinical practice and service to the dental community. From this remarkable group of candidates, the search committee felt Dr. Wright was best poised to build on JADA’s historic legacy and adapt the journal to the evolving needs of the profession.

“Through ADA’s extensive search for the next JADA editor in chief, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Wright will lead the journal beginning in 2021,” said Kathleen O’Loughlin, D.M.D., M.P.H., executive director of the ADA. “Dr. Wright’s vision for JADA to serve as an essential resource for dentists to develop and maintain their ability to provide excellent patient care aligned perfectly with the ADA’s vision and the future of JADA.”

Dr. Wright, who assumes the post on January 1, 2021, was chosen from a field of extraordinary candidates for his bold vision to take the journal forward and prepare clinicians to meet present and future challenges. The journal will build on its current foundation in evidence-based care with attention to new and developing technologies that improve diagnostics and advance therapeutics.

“Readers can expect to find transformative themes that are directed at improving both oral health and overall health,” Dr. Wright said. “I am passionate about my role as an educator, and JADA is the ultimate forum to pursue that calling.”

Dr. Wright is the James Bawden Distinguished Professor at the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he previously served as chair of the department of pediatric dentistry, interim chair of the department of endodontics, and director of strategic initiatives. Dr. Wright has held offices of national distinction, having served as vice president and then president of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). A three-time recipient of AADR’s prestigious Gies Award, Dr. Wright has also received the Distinguished Science Award presented by the International Association of Dental Research.

Dr. Wright currently serves the ADA as a member of the ADA’s Dental Quality Alliance; he previously served as chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.

Dr. Wright studied chemistry at West Virginia University (WVU), received a D.D.S. from the WVU School of Dentistry, and a M.S. certification from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He obtained board certification by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 1990.

Dr. Wright succeeds Jeffrey Platt, D.D.S., M.S., professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Comprehensive Care and Ralph W. Phillips Professor in Dental Materials at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, who has served as JADA’s interim editor since April 2020.

 







Dr. Loree Bolin Receives 2020 American Dental Association Humanitarian Award

Posted on October 19, 2020

Loree Bolin, D.D.S., of Edmonds, Wash., is the recipient of the 2020 American Dental Association (ADA) Humanitarian Award. Each year, the Humanitarian Award honors an ADA member for improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals in the U.S. and internationally over a period of 10 years or more. Dr. Bolin will be honored at the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference, a joint meeting of the ADA and Florida Dental Association, held Oct. 15-17.

Dr. Bolin is the founder of the Health & Hope Foundation, which aims to break the cycle of poverty for women and children in Tanzania, by providing healthcare, education and economic opportunity. Prior to founding the Health & Hope Foundation in 2014, Dr. Bolin worked in private practice family dentistry, providing her with a groundwork of skills to provide aid internationally – and eventually start her own foundation.

“Dentistry gave me skills and opportunity to provide care and help lift up ultra-poor families in the developing world,” said Dr. Bolin. “Serving as an international volunteer dentist beginning in 2007, I discovered that women and vulnerable, often orphaned, children are at the greatest risk. It seemed that the care I was delivering was merely scratching the surface and not addressing many of the underlying problems that placed this population at risk.”

The Health & Hope Foundation extends to ensure that children, especially girls, are able to get an education. To do this, the foundation opened the Tumaini Tutor School, which provides free tutored instruction six days per week. To further support women, Dr. Bolin established the Women’s Business Program to offer business training and mentorship in product selection, hygiene, marketing and customer service and savings.

First established in 2008, the ADA Humanitarian Award annually honors an ADA member for creating a legacy of volunteer works, and is one of the ADA’s highest honors. Criteria for the Humanitarian Award include significantly improving the quality of life and oral health, demonstrating significant leadership and serving as an inspiration to others both in the dental profession and the general population.

“I was impressed not only for her international volunteerism, but also by her Health & Hope Foundation, which has helped countless people around the world and served as an inspiration to dentists and staff,” said ADA President Chad P. Gehani, D.D.S. “I am glad our member dentists will now get a chance to learn more about her work and perhaps even aspire to follow in her footsteps. Dr. Bolin is a shining testament to the gift that dentistry provides in her promotion of not only oral health, but also overall health."

The ADA Humanitarian Award includes a $10,000 donation to the Health & Hope Foundation.

In addition to Tanzania, Dr. Bolin has served as a volunteer dentist in the Philippines, Honduras, Haiti, Uganda and Nepal. A ten-time Ironman triathlete, she competes and lives by these three mantras and credits them as she moves forward in service: “Strength. Power. Focus. Go.” “Smooth as silk, tough as nails.” and “YES, we can do this!”

For more information about the Health & Hope Foundation, please visit: HealthandHopeFoundation.org.

 







Report Finds COVID-19 Rate Among Dentists is Less than One Percent

Posted on October 19, 2020

Although assumed to be at high risk for COVID-19, fewer than one percent of dentists nationwide were found to be COVID-19 positive, according to a first-of-its-kind report in the U.S. based on data collected in June 2020. The result is far below that of other health professionals in the U.S. In addition, 99 percent of dentists are using enhanced infection control procedures such as screening protocols and enhanced disinfection practices when treating patients. The report, published online ahead of print by The Journal of the American Dental Association (PDF), is the first large-scale collection and publication of U.S. dentists’ infection rates and infection control practices related to COVID-19.

“This is very good news for dentists and patients,” said American Dental Association (ADA) Science and Research Institute Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Araujo, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., the senior author of the report. “This means that what dentists are doing – heightened infection control and increased attention to patient and dental team safety – is working.”

Dr. Araujo added that the authors of the report, researchers from the ADA Science and Research Institute and Health Policy Institute based in Chicago, are continuing to collect and will report infection rate data on dentists and have added hygienists to their ongoing survey, in collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists Association.

This report focused on nearly 2,200 dentists in June, finding that 82 percent of dentists were asymptomatic for one month prior to the survey and 16.6 percent reported getting a COVID-19 test. Those who tested positive were not clustered in any particular geographic region. Among those not tested, less than one percent (0.32) were given a probable COVID-19 diagnosis by a physician. The authors weighted the results to align with U.S. dentists demographically and geographically and found an estimated prevalence of less than one percent (0.9) with a margin of error of 0.5 percent.

“Understanding the risks associated with COVID-19 transmission in the dental setting is critical to improving patient and dental team safety,” said Dr. Araujo. “This study brings us another step forward in understanding what works. Dentists are following ADA and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, and it’s helping to keep the dental team and their patients as safe as possible.”

In March, The New York Times listed dentistry as one of the professions at highest risk of COVID-19 based on data from O*NET, a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor. It was presumed that virus transmission could occur because of the close proximity between dental professionals and patients and because many dental procedures generate aerosols that may contain viral particles from infected individuals.

This newly-published report, with the extremely low rate of COVID-19 infection among dentists, supports the effectiveness of the recommendations from the CDC and ADA in preventing virus transmission.

The ADA’s guidance calls for the highest level of personal protective equipment (PPE) available—masks, goggles and face shields. The ADA’s interim guidance also calls for the use of rubber dams and high velocity suction whenever possible and hand scaling when cleaning teeth rather than using ultrasonic scaling to minimize aerosols.

“The fact that dentistry was named one of the most at-risk professions for infection, but has a far lower prevalence of infection compared to other health professions, is not a coincidence,” said Chief Economist and Vice President of the ADA Health Policy Institute Marko Vujicic, Ph.D. “The profession has taken this issue extremely seriously, and it shows. We will continue to track the rate of COVID-19 among dentists and other facets of the pandemic affecting dentistry so it can help inform the dental profession and other industries as well.”

The report is set to be presented at the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference, a joint meeting of the ADA and Florida Dental Association, held Oct. 15-17. For more information on COVID-19 and dental visits, visit MouthHealthy.org.  







Largent Health Announces the Commercial Availability of FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser

Posted on October 16, 2020

Largent Health, LLC announced today the U.S. commercial availability of FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser, with 2% K21. Dental cavity cleansers are used for cleansing and moistening/re-wetting of prepared dental surfaces prior to completion of tooth restoration. The company included in their FDA application, compelling data supporting antimicrobial activity that reduces dentally relevant microbes.1-3

FiteBac® technology exemplifies the marriage of antimicrobial technology to material science, enabling the manufacture of modern materials offering sustained, non-leaching antimicrobial protection across a broad range of products. “FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser represents the 1st FDA cleared antimicrobial cavity cleanser”, said Kirk Kimmerling, DDS, co-inventor of FiteBac® technology. “By utilizing a targeted approach to address local microbial issues, dental products incorporating FiteBac® technology have the potential to address local microbial issues within the oral cavity while minimizing potential negative impacts on the oral microbiome, a key component to good overall health”.

FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser, containing the patented antimicrobial K21, is intended to become part of the restoration/dentin interface by copolymerizing with the dental adhesive. Research shows FiteBac® Cavity Cleanser can not only help remove debris in carious lesion preparations, but also help reduce the presence of dentally relevant organisms within the prepared tooth structure and also penetrate exposed dentin tubules allowing restorative adhesives to tightly bind to the prepared dentin surface.

“With the commercial introduction of FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser, the first in a planned line of targeted antimicrobial and/or biofilm reducing dental products under development at Largent Health, we aim to provide new tools for the dental professional to specifically target microbial issues and their complications within the oral cavity”, said John W. Sharkey, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Largent Health. “FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser offers the dental professional a differentiated product which, besides helping to ensure the restoration site is clear of carious debris, allows them to directly address residual microbial contamination within the prepared tooth structure.”

To learn more about how FiteBac® technology is being developed for medical and dental applications please visit http://www.LargentHealth.com. Dentists interested in ordering FiteBac® Antimicrobial Cavity Cleanser are invited to visit http://www.FiteBacDental.com.

About Largent Health LLC

Largent Health, LLC, based in Marietta, GA, is a private company dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of innovative healthcare products incorporating FiteBac® technology, a superior approach to antimicrobial protection. To learn more please visit http://www.LargentHealth.com. To learn more about FiteBac® dental products please visit http://www.FitebacDental.com.

References

1) Gou YP, Li JY, Meghil MM, et al. Quaternary ammonium silane-based antibacterial and anti-proteolytic cavity cleanser. Dent Mater. 2018;34(12):1814-1827.

2) Daood U, Burrow MF, Yiu CKY. Effect of a novel quaternary ammonium silane cavity disinfectant on cariogenic biofilm formation. Clin Oral Investig. 2020;24(2):649-661.

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Dr. B Dental Solutions released a Denture & Mouth Toothbrush For Partial, Full, & Overdenture Patients

Posted on October 16, 2020

Dr. B Dental Solutions, the most innovative company in the denture care industry, just released the revolutionary new Denture & Mouth Toothbrush For Partial, Full, & Overdenture Patients.

This is the first toothbrush that includes all of these amazing features for denture, partial, overdenture, & fixed hybrid patients:

· Ergonomic Grip Handle Perfect for Seniors and Individuals with Limited Dexterity

· Unique Multi-Layered Bristle Designed for Cleaning Ridges, Tongue, Palate, & Cheeks

· Dual Side Heads for Superior Cleaning of Grooves and Hard to Reach Spaces 

· Extra Soft Bristles Safe for Cleaning Prosthetics, Gums and Implants!

The new Denture & Mouth Toothbrush was Developed by Dr. Lorin Berland after more than 40 years of treating & listening to his patients.

For more information, www.DrBDentalSolutions.com

info@DrBDentalSolutions.com







AJK Engineering introduces Splatter Reducing Disposable Prophy Angle

Posted on October 16, 2020

Lotus DPA is a unique, innovative, revolutionary, and patented product that addresses a long term unmet need for the dental hygiene industry. The splatter created by the rotating cup has been a chief safety concern among the hygienists due to HIV and other airborne viruses. Dentists are concerned with the increasing cost of disposable DPA.

Lotus DPA addresses performance, safety, and cost issues. To make it splatter-free, the Prophy Angle is designed with the following essential features:

-The dimple design on the outside of the cup to retain saliva.

-The splatter guard that eliminates the accumulated saliva from the outside of the cup during each rotation.

-Precise positioning of the splatter guard and a unique shape with a thin blade that would remain stiff during the procedure, stay in constant contact with the cup and yet be flexible enough for the patient comfort and effective splatter reduction.

-Transparent cup design for better visibility and repeated paste loading

AJK Engineering is a highly creative Dental Product Design and Development company focusing on design, research, development, and manufacturing. We are passionate about innovating unique, ingenious, and revolutionary products that address the needs of the dental industry concerning performance, safety, and cost issues.

To learn more, or to purchase the Lotus Disposable Prophy Angle, call 888.926.1652 or visit www.lotus-dpa.com

To request a sample, please email to info@lotus-dpa.com

 







ADEA, Henry Schein and FEMA Join Forces on Mask Donation for U.S. Dental Schools and Programs

Posted on October 15, 2020

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Henry Schein, Inc. and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have joined forces for an initiative that will provide dental schools and allied dental education programs with KN95 masks to be used for patient care.

In response to COVID-19, ADEA worked with Henry Schein to coordinate FEMA’s donation of 3M-made KN95 masks to ADEA in support of the resumption of routine dental care and the delivery of oral health education services. The distribution of the much-needed masks comes as many dental schools and allied dental programs return to patient care, which has been significantly curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Henry Schein will distribute the FEMA-donated masks to dental schools and programs within the United States that request an allotment from the ADEA. Dental schools and allied dental programs that want masks are only being charged by ADEA for shipping and handling—not the masks themselves. Neither ADEA nor Henry Schein is profiting financially from this initiative.

“We believe this is a great example of how public and private organizations can join together to serve our community of dental educators and oral health professionals,” said ADEA President and CEO Karen West, D.M.D., M.P.H. “ADEA is committed to helping our member institutions, and the dental education community at large, successfully navigate the rapidly changing landscape before us. Providing these KN95 masks is one crucial step in supporting safe dental care. Working together, we can meet today’s challenges and further strengthen dental education.”

In total, ADEA and Henry Schein are distributing close to 3 million masks to 290 U.S. dental schools and allied dental programs.“We are privileged that ADEA approached us for assistance to secure and distribute the KN95 masks to dental schools and dental education programs,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc. “As part of Henry Schein’s dedication to ‘helping health happen,’ this partnership represents our mutual commitment to protect the health, safety, and well-being of students and faculty, as well as the patients they serve.”

The #Masks4DentEd initiative is ADEA’s latest effort to help its members and other stakeholders in academic dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic. ADEA has also created a complimentary online Pandemic Resource Guide for Dental Education that provides information and lists of resources related to student affairs and enrollment management. Additionally, the association has produced multiple webinars providing guidance for dental educators and administrators.

Dr. West expressed her gratitude to FEMA, for supplying the masks, and Henry Schein, for working with ADEA to distribute the masks to eligible U.S.-based schools and programs that request them.

“This project would not have been a success without the support of both FEMA and Henry Schein,” Dr. West said. “I thank them for their invaluable help and their commitment to the dental education community.”

As the sole national organization representing academic dentistry, ADEA is the voice of dental education. ADEA members include all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 50 corporations and approximately 18,000 individuals. ADEA provides its members access to exclusive information and resources, as well as multiple leadership and professional development opportunities.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With approximately 19,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company’s network of trusted advisors provides more than 1 million customers globally with more than 300 valued solutions that improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions help office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.

Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items.

A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® index, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 31 countries. The Company's sales from continuing operations reached $10.0 billion in 2019, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 13 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.

For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein, and @HenrySchein on Twitter.  







Leaders in Evidence-Based Dentistry Honored

Posted on October 14, 2020

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) today announced the winners of the annual Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) Faculty and Practice Awards. The awards are supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Colgate and are presented to educators and clinicians who have made significant contributions to implement and advance EBD. The winners will be recognized at a virtual booth hosted by the ADA Science and Research Institute at the 2020 ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference, a joint meeting of the ADA and Florida Dental Association.

Rajesh V. Lalla, B.D.S., Ph.D., will receive the 2020 EBD Accomplished Faculty Award. Dr. Lalla is a professor and associate dean for research at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He developed as well as teaches the school’s course on evidence-based decision-making, which emphasizes experiential learning and student participation with minimal lecturing. Dr. Lalla has published over 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including 23 systematic reviews and evidence-based guidelines such as the 2020 clinical practice guideline for the management of mucositis secondary to cancer therapy published in the journal Cancer.

Satheesh Elangovan, B.D.S., D.Sc., D.M.Sc., will receive the 2020 EBD Mid-Career Faculty Award. Dr. Elangovan is a professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, where he teaches EBD in his lectures, seminars, and case presentations of pre-doctoral students and periodontics residents. To address deficits in EBD education, Dr. Elangovan was involved in the creation of online resource centers with interactive exercises that teach how to critically appraise scientific literature. He serves as co-assistant director of his college’s dental student research program, where he has mentored numerous students on EBD projects that resulted in conference presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Elangovan has published more than 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including systematic reviews and critical summaries. He currently serves as an associate editor of the PracticeUpdate Clinical Dentistry Channel from Elsevier and the ADA.

Christopher Smiley, D.D.S., will receive the 2020 EBD Practice Award. Dr. Smiley is a full-time practicing general dentist at Smiley Family Dentistry in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. In this role, he has overseen the publication of tutorial articles to assist readers in applying the EBD process in clinical practice. This initiative includes presenting a monthly column called “10-Minute EBD” that demonstrates how EBD can improve decision-making across a variety of clinical topics. Dr. Smiley served as a co-author of the ADA’s clinical practice guideline on the nonsurgical treatment of chronic periodontitis as well as the guideline’s associated systematic review.

For more information about the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, visit EBD.ADA.org.

Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn and #ADAFDC for updates from the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference.

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org

 







Dr. Loree Bolin Receives 2020 American Dental Association Humanitarian Award

Posted on October 14, 2020

Loree Bolin, D.D.S., of Edmonds, Wash., is the recipient of the 2020 American Dental Association (ADA) Humanitarian Award. Each year, the Humanitarian Award honors an ADA member for improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals in the U.S. and internationally over a period of 10 years or more. Dr. Bolin will be honored at the ADA FDC Virtual Connect Conference, a joint meeting of the ADA and Florida Dental Association, held Oct. 15-17.

Dr. Bolin is the founder of the Health & Hope Foundation, which aims to break the cycle of poverty for women and children in Tanzania, by providing healthcare, education and economic opportunity. Prior to founding the Health & Hope Foundation in 2014, Dr. Bolin worked in private practice family dentistry, providing her with a groundwork of skills to provide aid internationally – and eventually start her own foundation.

“Dentistry gave me skills and opportunity to provide care and help lift up ultra-poor families in the developing world,” said Dr. Bolin. “Serving as an international volunteer dentist beginning in 2007, I discovered that women and vulnerable, often orphaned, children are at the greatest risk. It seemed that the care I was delivering was merely scratching the surface and not addressing many of the underlying problems that placed this population at risk.”

The Health & Hope Foundation extends to ensure that children, especially girls, are able to get an education. To do this, the foundation opened the Tumaini Tutor School, which provides free tutored instruction six days per week. To further support women, Dr. Bolin established the Women’s Business Program to offer business training and mentorship in product selection, hygiene, marketing and customer service and savings.

First established in 2008, the ADA Humanitarian Award annually honors an ADA member for creating a legacy of volunteer works, and is one of the ADA’s highest honors. Criteria for the Humanitarian Award include significantly improving the quality of life and oral health, demonstrating significant leadership and serving as an inspiration to others both in the dental profession and the general population.

“I was impressed not only for her international volunteerism, but also by her Health & Hope Foundation, which has helped countless people around the world and served as an inspiration to dentists and staff,” said ADA President Chad P. Gehani, D.D.S. “I am glad our member dentists will now get a chance to learn more about her work and perhaps even aspire to follow in her footsteps. Dr. Bolin is a shining testament to the gift that dentistry provides in her promotion of not only oral health, but also overall health."

The ADA Humanitarian Award includes a $10,000 donation to the Health & Hope Foundation.

In addition to Tanzania, Dr. Bolin has served as a volunteer dentist in the Philippines, Honduras, Haiti, Uganda and Nepal. A ten-time Ironman triathlete, she competes and lives by these three mantras and credits them as she moves forward in service: “Strength. Power. Focus. Go.” “Smooth as silk, tough as nails.” and “YES, we can do this!”

For more information about the Health & Hope Foundation, please visit: HealthandHopeFoundation.org.

Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn and #ADAFDC

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org







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