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Press releases

  • WDA Foundation awards more than $57,500+ to 19 dental health programs WEST ALLIS, WI April 27, 2016 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation has announced $57,515 in grants and designated funding to 19 programs that bring oral health care to low-income Wisconsin residents and provide other dentistry-related services.
  • WDA Foundation announces new board members WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 3, 2016 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation has announced the appointment of five directors to its board.
  • Douglas Parrott joins WDA as new director of government services WEST ALLIS, WIS., Jan. 28 , 2016 – Douglas Parrott is the new director of government services for the Wisconsin Dental Association.
  • Media Alert: Milwaukee children to receive free dental exams this Saturday, Jan. 30 38 Greater Milwaukee Dental Association dentists, along with 200+ other volunteers (dental hygienists and assistants, dental and hygiene students and other helpers) will provide dental exams, teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments to children (ages 3 to 16) from low-income families facing barriers to oral health care. Value of care provided on screening day and during subsequent treatment appointments valued at $50,000.
  • Don’t be tricked this Halloween – Commit to brushing 2min2x WEST ALLIS, WIS., Oct. 29, 2015 – After eating trick-or-treat goodies on Halloween, the Wisconsin Dental Association and the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages children and their parents to commit to brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and to flossing once a day in honor of National Brush Day on Nov. 1, 2015.
  • WDA recognizes 18 for contributions to dentistry, public oral health WEST ALLIS, WIS., Oct. 21, 2015 – Dr. Timothy Durtsche, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who lives and practices in La Crosse, is the 2015 Wisconsin Dental Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in recognition of his significant contributions of time, energy and expertise to organized dentistry throughout his 36-year career.
  • Lake Geneva’s Dr. Ryan Braden sworn in as state dental association president WEST ALLIS, WIS., Oct. 19, 2015 – Dr. Ryan Braden, a resident of Lake Geneva, was sworn in as president of the 3,000-member Wisconsin Dental Association at the organization’s 145th House of Delegates on Oct. 17 at Monona Terrace in Madison. At 37 years old, Braden is the youngest dentist to ever lead the WDA.
  • Children to receive $30,000 in donated care at 17th Head Start Dental Day MILWAUKEE, Sept. 28, 2015 – More than 200 volunteer dental professionals, dental and hygiene students and faculty will provide $30,000 – $35,000 in free dental exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments to 400 – 500 area preschoolers this Saturday, Oct. 3 from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Marquette University School of Dentistry, 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave., during the 17th Head Start Dental Day.
  • WDA Foundation’s Donated Dental Services provides another 192 elderly, disabled with $661,000 in needed care WEST ALLIS, WIS., Sept. 10, 2015 – Some 543 volunteer dentists provided 192 disabled, senior, poor and uninsured adults across the Badger State with $661,644 in much-needed charitable dental care between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 through the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation’s Donated Dental Services program. In addition, 101 dental laboratories contributed $51,198 in materials and services.
  • WDA Foundation awards more than $55,000 to 16 dental health programs WEST ALLIS, WIS., Aug. 13, 2015 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation has announced $55,670 in grants and designated funding to 16 programs that bring oral health care to low-income Wisconsin residents and provide other dentistry-related services.
  • WDA Foundation awards $13,500 in dental and hygiene scholarships WEST ALLIS, WIS., July 9, 2015 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation is helping lighten the higher-education financial load of 10 dental and dental hygiene students in the state by awarding them a combined $13,500 in scholarships.
  • WDA Mission of Mercy provides $1.02 million in free dental care to 1,304 patients WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 15, 2015 – Charitable dental care valued at $1,029,800 was provided to 1,304 children and adults during 1,428 patient visits at the seventh Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy held June 12 and 13 at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center in Fond du Lac, Wis.
  • 2,000 patients to receive $1 million in free dental care MEDIA ALERT – WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 8, 2015 – Some 1,230 volunteers from 195 Wisconsin communities will be in Fond du Lac on June 12 – 13 to provide $1 million in free dental care to an estimated 2,000 patients during the seventh Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy.
  • 1,200+ volunteers from 195 cities to provide free dental care in Fond du Lac WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 4, 2015 – Some 1,230 volunteers from 195 Wisconsin communities will be in Fond du Lac on June 12 – 13 to provide $1 million in free dental care to an estimated 2,000 children and adults during the seventh Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy.
  • Special Olympics athletes to receive free dental care at WDA Mission of Mercy WEST ALLIS, WIS., May 20, 2015 – The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation are teaming up with Special Olympics Wisconsin to identify 35 athletes who will receive needed oral health care at the seventh Mission of Mercy being held June 12 and 13 in Fond du Lac, Wis.
  • WDA, WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy to bring free dental care to Fond du Lac WEST ALLIS, WIS., May 13, 2015 – The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation will bring the seventh WDA Mission of Mercy to the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center, 601 Martin Ave, on June 12 and 13 to provide free dental care to children and adults who have limited financial resources or are otherwise unable to visit a dental office.
  • WDA Foundation toothbrush, toothpaste grants help 3,240 have healthier smiles WEST ALLIS, WIS., May 4, 2015 – Four community outreach programs in southeastern Wisconsin helped 3,240 children and adults have healthier smiles in 2014 thanks to $675 in toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste donated by the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation.
  • Dental Medicaid pilot good first step to ensuring all children have access to quality care FEB. 4, 2015 – Dr. Paul Levine, a Milwaukee general dentist and president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today released the following statement in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to help grow the economy in rural parts of the state by reforming health care, including a three-county Medicaid demonstration pilot that would increase dental reimbursement for certain procedures.
  • Dentists, pediatricians teaming up to improve Wisconsin children’s dental health WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 2, 2015 – The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (WIAAP) and the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) today announced a new collaborative effort to reduce tooth decay among children statewide, especially those in low-income families.
  • Increasing dental visits to emergency rooms costly, ineffective
    WEST ALLIS, WIS., Jan. 20, 2015 – Emergency room visits for non-traumatic dental conditions have been increasing nationwide since 2000, stressing hospital services, costing more in consumer and taxpayer dollars and requiring patients to seek follow-up treatment in a dental office once pain and infection subside.
  • Hermey the Elf awarded DDG by American Dental Association WEST ALLIS, WIS., Dec. 5, 2014 – Wisconsin families have a new dental health champion now that the American Dental Association has named Hermey the Elf a DDG – Dental Do Gooder. Hermey has spent 50 years dreaming about becoming a dentist and promoting good dental health to his North Pole friends, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • WDA promotes two accounting team members WEST ALLIS, WIS., Dec. 4, 2014 – The 3,091-member Wisconsin Dental Association has promoted Abby Van Kerkvoorde to director of finance and Lisa Schubring to accounting manager.
  • WDA recognizes 19 for contributions to dentistry, public oral health WEST ALLIS, WIS., Nov. 18, 2014 – Dr. Michael Donohoo, a Wauwatosa resident and general dentist with a practice in Milwaukee, is the 2014 Wisconsin Dental Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in recognition of his significant contributions of time, energy and expertise to organized dentistry throughout his 34-year career.
  • Dr. Paul Levine sworn in as state dental association president WEST ALLIS, WIS., Nov. 17, 2014 – Dr. Paul Levine, a resident of River Hills with a general practice in Brown Deer, was sworn in as president of the 3,091-member Wisconsin Dental Association at the organization’s 144th House of Delegates on Nov. 15 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee.
  • Hispanic adults lose fewer teeth while children struggle with decay in Wisconsin
    WEST ALLIS, WIS., Oct. 9, 2014 –  Fifty-five percent of Hispanic adults nationwide have lost a tooth to decay or gum disease compared to just 41 percent for those living in the Badger State according to Wisconsin’s Roadmap to Improving Oral Health, 2013-2018.
  • Expanded health coverage spurs dental visit increase for college-age adults WEST ALLIS, WIS., Sept. 4, 2014 – As the fall school term begins, more students have already checked off “dental visit” from their college preparation list according to a new paper published in the journal Medical Care which signals a positive upswing in the number of young adults seeking and receiving routine dental care.
  • WDA Foundation’s Donated Dental Services provides another 200 elderly, disabled with $769,000 in care WEST ALLIS, WIS., July 21, 2014 – Two-hundred disabled, senior, poor and uninsured adults across the Badger State received $769,903 in much-needed charitable dental care from 549 volunteer dentists between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 through the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation’s Donated Dental Services program. In addition, 102 dental laboratories contributed $38,428 in materials and services.
  • WDA commends Marshfield Clinic for focus on existing and successful oral health access programs JULY 9, 2014 — Wisconsin Dental Association President Dr. Julio Rodriguez, a general dentist in Brodhead, today released the following statement regarding Marshfield Clinic’s decision to focus on current and successful oral health care access and education efforts and to return a $10 million building grant to the State of Wisconsin.
  • Steve Newton returns to WDAISC as new operations director WEST ALLIS, WIS., July 7, 2014 – Steve Newton, MBA is the new director of operations for the Wisconsin Dental Association Insurance and Services Corp.
  • WDA Mission of Mercy delivers $1.3 million in free dental care to 1,753 patients WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 30, 2014 – More than $1.3 million in charitable dental care was provided to 1,753 children and adults during 1,925 patient visits at the sixth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy held June 27 and 28 at the KI Center in Green Bay. Patients included 31 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.
  • 2,000 patients to receive $1 million in free dental care June 27 and 28 in Green Bay WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 23, 2014 – Media Alert: 2,000 patients to receive $1 million in free dental care June 27 and 28 in Green Bay. 2014 marks the sixth year for this charitable care event in Wisconsin.
  • More than 1,200 volunteers from 206 communities to provide free dental care WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 16, 2014 – More than 1,200 volunteers from 206 Wisconsin communities will be in Green Bay on June 27 – 28 to provide $1 million in free dental care to an estimated 2,000 children and adults during the sixth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy.
  • Special Olympics athletes to receive free dental care at WDA Mission of Mercy WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 9, 2014 – The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation are teaming up for the fourth year in a row with Special Olympics Wisconsin to identify 50 athletes who will receive needed oral health care at the sixth Mission of Mercy being held June 27 and 28 in Green Bay.
  • WDA Mission of Mercy bringing free dental care to Green Bay WEST ALLIS, WIS., June 3, 2014 – The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation will bring the sixth WDA Mission of Mercy to Green Bay on June 27 and 28 to provide free dental care to children and adults who have limited financial resources or are otherwise unable to visit a dental office.
  • WDA Foundation awards more than $53,000 to 22 dental health programs WEST ALLIS, WIS., May 27, 2014 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation has announced $53,725 in grants and designated funding to 22 programs that bring oral health care to low-income Wisconsin residents and provide other dentistry-related services.
  • WDA Foundation awards $13,500 in dental and hygiene scholarships WEST ALLIS, WIS., May 19, 2014 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation is helping lighten the higher-education financial burden of 10 dental and dental hygiene students in the state by awarding them a combined $13,500 in scholarships.
  • Celebrate Root Canal Appreciation Day with preventive care and Own Your Smile WEST ALLIS, WIS., May 5, 2014 – You don’t have to wait until your tooth is infected and hurts to see a dentist. In honor of Root Canal Appreciation Day on May 11, choose to make your oral health a priority because taking care of your teeth will never be easier or less expensive than it is today. 
  • WDA Foundation toothbrush, toothpaste grants give 3,960 healthier smiles WEST ALLIS, WIS., March 19, 2014 – Eleven community outreach programs helped 3,960 children and adults across the state have healthier smiles after receiving $1,100 in toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste from the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation’s Smile Program in 2013.
  • Annual Smile Day bringing free dental health fun to Milwaukee County Zoo WEST ALLIS, WIS., March 12, 2014 – Families are invited to attend the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association’s 24th annual Smile Day on Saturday, March 29  from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Road, in Milwaukee.
  • Dr. Loren Swanson new WDA Foundation president WEST ALLIS, WIS., March 11, 2014 – Dr. Loren C. Swanson, retired general dentist and resident of Oshkosh, Wis., has been named president of the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation.
  • New WDA campaign encouraging adults to make good oral health a priority WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 21, 2014 – The Wisconsin Dental Association’s new Own Your Smile oral health literacy and public awareness campaign aims to motivate adults to make good oral health a priority and to seek affordable, preventive care in member dentists’ practices for long-term value, regardless if they have dental insurance.   
  • SW5- Dental professionals to donate $1.1 million in care for Give Kids A Smile® WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 4, 2014 – More than 13,800 low-income Wisconsin children will receive an estimated $1.1 million in donated dental care this Friday, Feb. 7, and during upcoming weeks, as part of the 12th annual Give Kids A Smile® national children’s dental access program.
  • SW4- Dental professionals to donate $1.1 million in care for Give Kids A Smile®
    WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 4, 2014 – More than 13,800 low-income Wisconsin children will receive an estimated $1.1 million in donated dental care this Friday, Feb. 7, and during upcoming weeks, as part of the 12th annual Give Kids A Smile® national children’s dental access program. 
  • Dental professionals to donate $1.1 million in care for Give Kids A Smile® WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 4, 2014 – More than 13,800 low-income Wisconsin children will receive an estimated $1.1 million in donated dental care this Friday, Feb. 7, and during upcoming weeks, as part of the 12th annual Give Kids A Smile® national children’s dental access program.
  • GM3- Dental professionals to donate $1.1 million in care for Give Kids A Smile® WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 4, 2014 – More than 13,800 low-income Wisconsin children will receive an estimated $1.1 million in donated dental care this Friday, Feb. 7, and during upcoming weeks, as part of the 12th annual Give Kids A Smile® national children’s dental access program.
  • NE2- Dental professionals to donate $1.1 million in care for Give Kids A Smile® WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 4, 2014 – More than 13,800 low-income Wisconsin children will receive an estimated $1.1 million in donated dental care this Friday, Feb. 7, and during upcoming weeks, as part of the 12th annual Give Kids A Smile® national children’s dental access program.
  • NW1- Dental professionals to donate $1.1 million in care for Give Kids A Smile® WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 4, 2014 – More than 13,800 low-income Wisconsin children will receive an estimated $1.1 million in donated dental care this Friday, Feb. 7, and during upcoming weeks, as part of the 12th annual Give Kids A Smile® national children’s dental access program.
  • 600 Milwaukee children to receive free dental care this Saturday, Jan. 25 50 Greater Milwaukee Dental Association dentists, along with 145 other volunteers (dental hygienists and assistants, dental and hygiene students and other helpers) will provide dental exams, teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments to children (ages 3 to 16) from low-income families facing barriers to oral health care. Value of care provided on screening day and during subsequent treatment appointments valued at $90,000.
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