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Code of Ethics

150th anniversary of ADA Code of Ethics celebrated in Wisconsin, U.S.
ADA NEWS, MARCH 28  2016
Did you know that the Association’s Code of Ethics is 150 years old this year?


Own Your Smile

Expanded dependent coverage spurs more preventive dental care visits for college-age adults, study says
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, SEPT. 5, 2014
More college students are seeking routine dental care, according to a paper published this summer in the journal Medical Care, which cites the Affordable Care Act’s expanded dependent coverage provision as a significant contributing factor.


Give Kids A Smile/National Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month with Dr. Shane Fisher
WKTI 94.5 FM, FEB. 8
Libby discusses Children’s Dental Health Month with Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Shane Fisher from the Wisconsin Dental Association.

Children’s dental health should start early
LEADER TELEGRAM, FEB. 13, 2018
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association and Northwest District Dental Society with support from Crest and Oral B.

CVTC provides free dental care on Give Kids A Smile Day
LEADER TELEGRAM, FEB. 10, 2018
Amid the hustle and bustle of dentists, hygienists, kids and their parents on Friday at Chippewa Valley Technical College, one woman leaned over a young patient wearing a bright pink shirt and black snow boots.

How a free event benefited both kids and dental students
WQOW18, FEB. 9, 2018
Kids can smile a little brighter today thanks to some help from area students.

La Crosse area dentists give children something to smile about
WXOW 19, FEB. 2, 2018
Going to the dentist’s office is not always exciting, but on February 2 La Crosse area dentists give children something to smile about.


Mission of Mercy

Person of the Week
WISN 12, JUNE 25, 2018
The Person of the Week is actually a group of people: 350 dentists, 250 Marquette dental students and 1,400 volunteers to be exact.

Mission of Mercy: A weekend of free dental care
88.9 Radio Milwaukee, JUNE 25, 2018
Over 1,300 dentists, students and volunteers came together Friday and Saturday to provide free dental care through Mission of Mercy (MoM).

Wisconsin Dental Association gives away $1 million in dental care
TMJ4, JUNE 22, 2018
The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation is providing $1 million in free dental care this weekend at State Fair Park.

Dentists from across Wisconsin gather at State Fair Park to give free dental care
CBS 58, JUNE 22, 2018
Dentists from around the Wisconsin are at State Fair Park to give free dental care to those in need Friday and Saturday.

‘You don’t need insurance:’ Approximately 2,000 expected to receive free dental care
FOX 6, JUNE 22, 2018
Approximately 2,000 patients will receive $1 million in free dental care on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park. It’s part of the Mission of Mercy free dental clinic.

Get free dental care at State Fair Park on Friday, Saturday
WISN 12, JUNE 22, 2018
More than 1,300 dental professionals are volunteering their expertise for a free, two-day dental clinic at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Mission of Mercy 2,000 people to receive free dental care in West Allis this weekend
TMJ4, JUNE 22, 2018
As many as 2,000 people will be able to receive free dental care in West Allis this weekend thanks to the Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation’s “Mission of Mercy.”

Mission of Mercy Wisconsin Dental Association providing free dental care this weekend
FOX6, JUNE 22, 2018
For many low-income families they just can’t afford a trip to the dentist. But this weekend, the Wisconsin Dental Association is providing free dental care.

Hundreds able to receive free dental care during two day event at State Fair Park
CBS58, JUNE 21, 2018
About 2,000 low-income adults and kids will be able to receive free dental care as part of two-day event being held at State Fair Park on June 22 and 23.

Free dental care provides smiles for everyone
MATC Times, MAY 16, 2018
Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) Foundation Mission of Mercy is offering free dental care on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23 at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park.


Fluoride and community water fluoridation

ADA applauds final announcement on optimal fluoride level in drinking water
American Dental Association, APRIL 27, 2015
The American Dental Association (ADA) today commended the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for announcing the final recommendation for the optimal level of fluoride in community water systems.

La Crosse water given clean bill of health in 2015
The La Crosse water utility had no violations in 2015, according to the water quality report released Thursday by water utility manager Mark Johnson.


Access to care/Medicaid pilot

Christine Jones: Fix funding to expand access to dental care
LaCrosse Tribune, Dec. 2, 2018
A recent op-ed (Nov. 25 Tribune) entitled “Expand options for dental care” pointed out some significant facts related to oral health.

Wisconsin dentists call for higher Medicaid reimbursement rates
WQOW-18, March 6, 2018
It may not be our favorite place to go, but regular visits to the dentist’s office are important for overall health.

Low income children in WI not getting enough dental care, data shows
WQOW-18, March 5, 2018
Low income children aren’t getting the dental treatment they need, which could cause bigger health problems over time.

Wisconsin sees issues in dental care access
U.S. News and World Report, March 3, 2018
Wisconsin dentists say some patients have a hard time getting treatment because the state hasn’t given the industry the same funding when compared to other health services.

Wisconsin sees issues in dental care access
Seattle Times, March 3, 2018
Wisconsin dentists say some patients have a hard time getting treatment because the state hasn’t given the industry the same funding when compared to other health services.

Wisconsin sees issues in dental care access
WEAU-13, March 3, 2018
Wisconsin dentists say some patients have a hard time getting treatment because the state hasn’t given the industry the same funding when compared to other health services.

Wisconsin sees issues in dental care access
The San Fransisco Chronicle, March 3, 2018
Wisconsin dentists say some patients have a hard time getting treatment because the state hasn’t given the industry the same funding when compared to other health services.

Wisconsin sees issues in dental care access
The Sacramento Bee, March 3, 2018
Wisconsin dentists say some patients have a hard time getting treatment because the state hasn’t given the industry the same funding when compared to other health services.

For those on Medicaid, it can be a struggle to find dental care in the Twin Ports
Duluth News Tribune, March 3, 2018
Zymrie Bekteshi is doing the best she can in the world. She’s a single mother raising a boy and girl, both under the age of 10. She sews for a local company serving the aviation industry. Her employer lets her work from home.

Dentists: Slights In Funding, Respect At The Root Of Wisconsin’s Dental Care Disparity
Wisconsin Public Radio, Feb. 28, 2018
Dentists will tell you they deal with a lot of neglect. They often see patients who put off flossing or brushing, or let cavities sit unfilled.

Dentists Ask For More Funding For Treating Patients With Medicaid
Wisconsin Public Radio, Feb. 27, 2018
Medicaid is one of the biggest cost drivers in the state budget, but dentists say they’re getting less than 1 percent of that money. They’re asking the state to pay them more for taking on patients who get insurance through Medicaid.

Wisconsin Pilot Program Aims To Increase Access To Dental Care For Low-Income Children
Wisconsin Public Radio, Feb. 26, 2018
Dental care for low-income children has been a problem in Wisconsin for years. One reason is that parents can’t find dentists who will accept Medicaid, known in Wisconsin as BadgerCare.

Proposal could help solve critical dental care shortage for Wisconsin Medicaid patients
WIZM1410AM, Nov. 29, 2017
A bill in Madison would expand a pilot program statewide that added more funding to reimburse costs for dentists who provide care to Medicaid patients.

New law improves access to dental care at daycares and nursing homes
WSAW-TV Channel 7, AUG. 16, 2017
Wisconsin lawmakers are hoping a slight change in legislation regarding dental care will help improve the overall health of residents in the state.

Madison hospitals plan special needs dental care
WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL, JUNE 9, 2015
Meriter, St. Mary’s and UW hospitals are planning a joint program to give dental care to patients who require full sedation, which would replace the service after Meriter’s Max W. Pohle Dental Clinic closes this month.

Access to dental care still a problem for low-income people in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, FEB. 9, 2015
One day after Monica Hebl of Burleigh Dental in Milwaukee returned from a nine-day dental mission to Haiti last month, she saw a child with several serious infections who needed to have four teeth pulled. Some of child’s teeth were black.

Survival coalition identifies concerns for people with disabilities in budget proposal
THE WHEELER REPORT, FEB. 4, 2015
Governor Walker’s 2015-2017 Biennial Budget request outlines big reforms and changes to supports that Wisconsinites with disabilities rely upon to stay healthy, live and work in their communities.

Meriter to close dental clinic, give $1 million to Access for dental care
WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL, AUG. 29, 2014
Meriter-UnityPoint Health plans to close Meriter Hospital’s Max W. Pohle Dental Clinic next year and give $1 million to Access Community Health Centers to expand its dental services, the organizations announced Friday.


Dental education

Dentists: Your Health’s First Line of Defense
MILWAUKEE MAGAZINE, JAN. 30, 2014
“I had to force myself to get out of bed … to do everything.” That’s how Linda Small remembers life in 2011, when exhaustion made even simple daily activities seem insurmountable.


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