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Oct 10 2016
ODA Executive Director David Owsiany and ADA President Dr. Carol Summerhays look at the ODA's historical artifacts on display in the membership booth at ODA Annual Session. As readers of the "ODA Today" know, we have been celebrating our sesquicentennial throughout 2016. On Friday, Sept. 16, I delivered the following remarks to the ODA’s ... [continue reading]
Aug 31 2016
Two recent federal court cases have raised significant issues about how dentists may advertise related to the services they provide. In January 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas issued a ruling invalidating a Texas State Board of Dental Examiners rule that prohibits a licensed dentist from advertising as a specialist ... [continue reading]
Aug 9 2016
When I was young, my mother took me and my brother and sisters shopping at the Montgomery Ward’s and Woolworth’s stores. She drove us there in my father’s Oldsmobile and filled up the tank on the way at the Amoco station. As I got older, my first airplane flight was on Trans World Airlines. Today, you can’t find a ... [continue reading]
Jul 12 2016
According to our recent membership surveys, ODA members greatly value the advocacy efforts of organized dentistry that help to protect the interests of dentists and their patients and to promote strong oral health. The history of organized dentistry in Ohio effectively advocating for dentistry goes back to the ODA’s founding 150 years ... [continue reading]
Jun 1 2016
State Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) recently introduced Senate Bill 330, which would create a new dental provider in Ohio. Under the proposal, this new “dental therapist” would, after just three years of training post-high school, be able to perform a broad scope of practice and duties, including diagnosis of dental disease, ... [continue reading]
May 9 2016
As you know by now, the ODA is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Interestingly enough, so is the ADA’s code of ethics. And these two events – the founding of the ODA and the creation of the ADA code of ethics – both of which occurred in 1866, are closely tied together. At the founding meeting of the ODA in June of 1866, 41 ... [continue reading]
Apr 15 2016
Much has been made of Justice Antonin Scalia's recent death. Conservatives view his death as a great loss for America and the U.S. Supreme Court. Liberals view it as an opportunity to add another progressive voice to America’s highest court. Unquestionably, Scalia had a significant impact on American law over the last 30 years. It is unclear ... [continue reading]
Mar 16 2016
Access to dental care is a topic that receives a great deal of attention here in Ohio and across America. Reducing barriers to dental care is as important now as ever since studies continue to show that good oral health is critical to good overall health. Some advocate for a two-tiered system where those who have private insurance or otherwise can ... [continue reading]
Feb 2 2016
This column continues our recognition and celebration of the ODA’s 150th anniversary. In my last column, I discussed the founding of the Ohio State Dental Society (as the ODA was then known) in June of 1866. A distinguished group of dental leaders gathered in Columbus and wrote and adopted a constitution and bylaws creating a statewide ... [continue reading]
Jan 13 2016
In 1865, as the American Civil War wound down, some Ohio dentists thought that it was time to form a statewide dental society to organize and promote the dental profession and to protect the citizens from "quacks" and other unscrupulous providers of dental services. A call was issued to as many of the approximately 500 dentists in Ohio as could be ... [continue reading]
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