GDA Delegation to ADA 2012

The Georgia Dental Association is a constituent society of the American Dental Association, the national umbrella dental organization. The ADA was established in 1859, and is the oldest and largest national dental society in the world. The ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients. Dentists may learn more about the ADA’s mission and vision, and the organization’s commitment to the public’s oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement and access to care for all Americans at

Your ADA Delegation

The Georgia Dental Association sends a delegation of dentists each year to the ADA Annual Session and House of Delegates. The GDA delegation visited San Francisco in 2012 and accomplished a huge amount for dentistry. If you did not see the article about the delegation’s accomplishments, visit the GDA Action journal page and click on the November 2012 issue. To obtain contact information for your ADA delegation, click here to visit the GDA Committee page.

ADA House of Delegates Reports

After studying hundreds of pages of documents, holding many meetings and conference calls in the months beforehand, and devoting hours to debate in San Francisco during October’s ADA Annual Session, representatives to the 2012 American Dental Association House of Delegates made several decisions that will impact your Association future. An article in the November 2012 GDA Action journal provided an overview on some of the major debates. However, the ADA House studied and voted on some 190 resolutions. Georgia dentists are invited to discuss House activities more in-depth with their Delegation members or visit for coverage of all of the resolutions considered. Doctors will be required to log in to obtain reports and resolutions.

Georgia Presence at ADA Level

The GDA doesn’t just participate at the ADA level during the Annual Session. The ADA Board of Trustees meets regularly in Chicago at ADA headquarters, and several GDA Delegation members are active on ADA councils and committees.

The ADA Fifth Trustee is currently Dr. Don Seago. This Mississippi practitioner represents Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi on the ADA Board. Kudos to the following Georgia dentists who take part in other ADA governance activities. Each of these councils and committees, hold regular meetings and calls throughout the year. Minutes from their meetings may also be found password protected at

  • Dr. Sidney Tourial, Council on Annual Sessions
  • Dr. Doug Torbush, Council on Dental Practice
  • Dr. Jay Harrington, Council on Governmental Affairs
  • Dr. Celeste Coggin, Council on Dental Benefit Programs
  • Dr. Chris Hasty, Committee on the New Dentist
  • Dr. Marie Schweinebraten, Dental Quality Alliance

Other ADA councils and commissions are the Council on Ethics, Bylaws & Judicial Affairs, Council on Access, Prevention, & Interprofessional Relations, Council on Communications, Council on Members Insurance & Retirement Programs, Council on Membership, ADPAC Board, and Council on Dental Education & Licensure.

ADA News Briefs

Americans with Disabilities Act

Mon, 21 Apr 2014

Washington—The Department of Justice issued a final rule increasing civil penalties for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which covers “professional offices of health care providers” including dental offices. This rule is effective April 27, 2014, according to the March 28 Federal Register notice. However, the DoJ announcement said, “The new maximums apply only to violations occurring on or after April 28, 2014.”

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MDA alerts members to possible tax identity theft

Fri, 11 Apr 2014

Lansing, Mich.—The Michigan Dental Association told members in a special alert April 11 that “the MDA has received several calls from member dentists who say that when they submitted their federal taxes this year they learned that their taxes had already been filed, most likely by an identity thief.”

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Dental partnerships in Indian Country outlined

Wed, 09 Apr 2014

Washington—The Association described an emerging public-private partnership to improve the oral health of Native Americans in congressional testimony April 8 and invited Congress to participate.

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UPS discounts available to ADA members

Tue, 08 Apr 2014

ADA members are eligible to exclusive savings of up to 36 percent off regular shipping costs through UPS, the shipping company endorsed by ADA Business Resources.

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Online dental marketing efforts driven by more using social media

Mon, 07 Apr 2014

The use of social media as a platform to promote, as well as educate and engage patients, is no longer just a viable marketing strategy but one that must be utilized to stay competitive, according to PBHS.

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