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Denver, Colo. – January 20, 2014. Dental Lifeline Network, a national dental charity, reached a significant milestone in 2013: more than $250 million in dental services donated to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help.
Wilsonville, OR (January 24th, 2014) - The ODA is excited to announce that Conor McNulty, CAE, has been named the next Executive Director of the Oregon Dental Association. McNulty will begin his new duties on February 19, 2014. He previously worked for the California Dental Association in numerous senior association management roles including Director of Membership Programs.
(Wilsonville, OR) November 5th, 2013— The Oregon Dental Association is proud to announce their win of the coveted American Dental Association Golden Apple Award for its 2012 PSA Campaign "Teach me How to Brushy" in the category of excellence in dental health promotion to the public.
(Wilsonville, OR) September 23, 2013 - The Oregon Dental Association (ODA), is pleased to announce the results of the 2013 ODA Board of Trustees election. ODA members from across the state gathered at Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon for ODA's annual House of Delegates meeting from September 6th and 7th. At the meeting, ODA was pleased to welcome ten new members and four re-elected members to the ODA's newly reconstituted Board of Trustees. This year’s election was an exciting one, as ODA transitioned from a 35 member geographically represented board to an 18 member competency based board. All of the candidates were highly qualified and represented essential components of oral health.
CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2013 – The American Dental Association (ADA) is deeply concerned about the first confirmed report of patient to patient transmission of hepatitis C in a dental practice setting linked to improper infection control practices. The ADA wishes to assure the public that patient health and safety are top priorities for the Association.
Wilsonville, OR) July 15, 2013— For the Oregon Dental Association (ODA), the 2013 legislative session was a continued success in furthering the oral health for all Oregonians. ODA advocated for several bills during the session, each an important step in our ongoing effort to promote practices and policies that improve Oregon’s oral health and the practice of dentistry:
ODA's award-winning viral video Teach Me How to Brushy had a busy week in early December. After being presented as the premier example of a successful public affairs campaign to over 125 attendees at the 2012 ADA Lobbyist Conference in Rancho Bernardo, California, Brushy returned to Portland to encore as the Association Innovation Award winner at the 2012 Oregon Society of Association Management (OSAM) Annual Meeting.
(Wilsonville, OR) March 13th 2012: The residents of Philomath voted in favor of water fluoridation this week, reversing a prior decision made last May from their city council to end fluoridation after over 30 years. Their vote ensures that their community will once again have all the health benefits of fluoridated water. Dismissing un-scientific arguments against fluoride, this election recognizes over 60 years of research that supports the safety and effectiveness of fluoridation as the best public health solution for protecting every citizen’s dental health.
(Wilsonville, OR) March 5th, 2012— The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) celebrates the passage of SB 1509, which authorizes dental professionals who are licensed in other states and in good standing to practice dentistry without compensation in Oregon. This temporary license is good for up to 5 consecutive days in any 12 month period, after the application is approved by the Oregon Board of Dentistry.
(Wilsonville, OR) February 22nd, 2012— Craniofacial abnormalities are the most common birth defect in the United States. In Oregon, 68 cases of cleft lip/palate amongst newborns were reported in 2007. These children are faced with real and potentially lasting challenges associated with oral clefts such as breathing, social integration, hearing, speech and language abilities.
(Wilsonville, OR) Nov. 21st — The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) is hosting its second Oregon Mission of Mercy (OrMOM) free dental clinic November 21st & 22nd at the Oregon Convention Center. Just like last year, dental screenings and services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, at no charge to those who attend.
(Wilsonville, OR) August 31, 2011—Race the Reaper, a 5.6-mile obstacle race taking place October 1st and 2nd at Flying-M-Ranch in Yamhill, Oregon and a percentage of the proceeds will go to Oregon Mission of Mercy (OrMOM). OrMOM, an annual two-day free dental clinic put together by the Oregon Dental Association, serves the needs of the uninsured, the under-insured and those with difficulty getting to a dentist, through portable dental clinics.
August 16, 2011 Portland, Oregon - Dr. Tom Osterlind, a long-time member of the Oregon dental community and Oregon Dental Association, is using his participation in the Cycle Oregon ride this September 10-17 to support dental care for people in need. While the retired dentist has participated in the annual Cycle Oregon ride several times, this year carries special meaning as he continues to battle stage IV metastatic stomach cancer. In an effort to mark his significant personal victory, Dr. Osterlind will complete the week-long, 400-plus mile cycling journey as a fundraiser for Oregon Donated Dental Services (DDS).
July 27th, 2011 Portland, OR – Donated Dental Services of Oregon celebrates providing $6,002,575 of treatment in donated dental care since the inception of the program in Oregon to 1,520 needy individuals. DDS, and the 343 active dentists and 134 dental labs across the state, work together to make the program a success. In 2011 alone, 183 patients have been seen, providing $619,303 so far and they aren’t done yet.