• WDA President Praises Historic Oral Health Investment in JFC Budget Proposal June 16, 2021 – The Wisconsin Dental Association today released the following statement from WDA President Dr. Paula Crum (Green Bay), after the Joint Committee on Finance voted to increase dental Medicaid reimbursement rates.
     
  • WDA Foundation gives back to dental and hygiene students with $30,000 in scholarships WEST ALLIS, Wis. – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation today announced it has awarded $30,000 in 2021 scholarships to dental and hygiene students in Wisconsin. The scholarships will help alleviate dental education expenses for those students and help ensure the availability of quality oral care throughout the state for years to come.
  • Getting ready to drop the mask? Spruce up your smile with these tooth tips WEST ALLIS – Looking forward to being with people in person again? Ready to hit the dating scene? Excited to dine in your favorite restaurant? As COVID restrictions subside and you prepare to show your smile again, you’ll want to be able to take off your mask with confidence, knowing your oral health is up to par.
  • WDA President Dr. Paula Crum Praises LRB 1534-1 Authorizing EFDAs, Requests Lawmakers to Co-sponsor The Wisconsin Dental Association today released the following statement from WDA President Dr. Paula Crum, a Green Bay periodontist, after LRB 1534-1 was released for co-sponsorship:
    “On behalf of the 3,100 members of the Wisconsin Dental Association, I want to thank Sen. Mary Felzkowski and Rep. Jon Plumer for authoring LRB 1534-1, which authorizes the use of Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries (EFDAs) in Wisconsin. We are grateful for the authors’ continued passion and dedication toward addressing oral health in Wisconsin.
  • WDA FOUNDATION GIVES MORE THAN $55,000 IN GRANTS TO CHARITABLE ORAL CARE PROGRAMS WEST ALLIS, Wis. – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation today announced it will be awarding $55,350 in grants to 13 charitable oral care programs to support the dental needs of Badger-state residents.
  • Gear up for summer: Mouthguard tips to keep your smile safe WEST ALLIS, Wis. – As Wisconsinites emerge from a long winter and get ready for warm-weather sports and activities, Wisconsin’s dentists recommend that both children and adults make mouthguards part of their summertime sports gear.
     
    The American Dental Association and WDA recommend that mouthguards be worn for any competitive or recreational sport in which impact, contact or collision are likely to occur. That includes summer favorites like basketball, lacrosse, soccer, rugby, water polo, in-line skating, baseball, bicycling, softball, volleyball and other contact and limited-contact activities.
  • WDA thanks Gov. Evers, legislators for bipartisan action on new dentist vaccine law FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 22, 2021 – The Wisconsin Dental Association today released the following statement from WDA President Dr. Paula Crum (Green Bay), after Gov. Tony Evers signed legislation to allow dentists to administer certain vaccines:
  • WDA APPLAUDS ASSEMBLY’S UNANIMOUS PASSAGE OF DENTAL VACCINE BILL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 16, 2021 – The Wisconsin Dental Association today released the following statement from WDA President Dr. Paula Crum, a Green Bay periodontist, regarding the State Assembly passing Assembly Bill 124, which would allow dentists to administer certain vaccines:
  • WDA Reacts to Evers Budget, Looks Forward to Working with Legislature The Wisconsin Dental Association today released the following statement from WDA President Dr. Paula Crum, a practicing periodontist in Green Bay, regarding the oral health initiatives included in Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget proposal:
    “The Wisconsin Dental Association and its 3,100 members throughout the Badger State want to thank Gov. Evers for including a variety of oral health provisions aimed at increasing access to care for our state’s most vulnerable populations. The majority of oral health stakeholders acknowledge it will take a multipronged approach, including fiscal investments, to fill the needs of our state.”
    “We know the budget process can be a long and often unpredictable path; however, last night’s announcement was a good first step toward addressing access to care issues facing our state. Wisconsin’s Medicaid rates for oral health remain at a national low. With only a 2% increase in two decades, it is time for this to be addressed. Oral health is worth more than just over 1% of our state’s Medicaid resources.”
    “We look forward to working with our oral health partners in the state legislature over the next few months as a part of the budget process.
  • WDA praises Senate passage of SB 13; would allow dentists to administer COVID and flu vaccines FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Feb. 16, 2021- The Wisconsin Dental Association today released the following statement from WDA President Dr. Paula Crum (Green Bay), regarding the State Senate passing Senate Bill 13, which would allow dentists to administer certain vaccines.
  • IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START: FOUR IMPORTANT BENEFITS OF ESTABLISHING A DENTAL HOME FOR YOUR CHILD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb. 4, 2020
    WEST ALLIS, Wis. – With kids, it’s best to expect the unexpected and have a plan in place – especially when it comes to their oral health. Dental problems can begin early and set the stage for a lifetime of health issues, which makes finding a “dental home” that can provide accessible, continued and family-centered care all too important for your child.
  • Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation elects new board of directors FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Jan. 12, 2021 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation has announced its Board of Directors for 2021, introducing five new members.­­
  • WDA stands ready to connect more hospitals with dental teams for COVID-19 vaccination; applauds state health systems for vaccine response FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – West Allis, Jan. 7 2021 – The Wisconsin Dental Association today released the following statement from WDA President Dr. Paula Crum, a Green Bay periodontist:
  • PROTECT YOUR HOLIDAY SMILE: 5 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH HEALTHY WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Holiday feasting and fun not only does a number on your waistline, but it can also take a toll on your teeth. This holiday season, get in the giving spirit and give your oral health the attention it deserves.
  • State dental association swears in Green Bay periodontist Dr. Paula Crum as president WEST ALLIS, WIS. – Dr. Paula Crum, a resident of Green Bay, was sworn in as president of the 3,100-member Wisconsin Dental Association at the organization’s 150th House of Delegates, which was held virtually Nov. 13 and 14. Dr. Crum is a periodontist at Green Bay Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, where she practices with her son, Dr. Phillip Crum. She has served the Green Bay area for over 30 years.
  • OVERCOMING DENTAL ANXIETY DURING A PANDEMIC: 5 STRESS-REDUCING TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT WEST ALLIS, Wis. – The American Dental Association reports that fear of the dentist is one of the top reasons Americans skip routine oral health appointments, especially in this era of COVID-19. But Wisconsin’s dentists warn that the true threat to your health can come from putting off routine cleanings and dental exams.
  • NEARLY $430,000 IN ORAL TREATMENT AND SUPPLIES FOR ELDERLY, DISABLED ADULTS MADE POSSIBLE BY WISCONSIN DENTAL ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION’S DONATED DENTAL SERVICES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 18, 2020 – Volunteer dentists participating in the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program helped administer $429,522 in charitable dental care to 111 disabled, elderly, low-income and uninsured adults around the state between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. During this period, dental laboratories in Wisconsin made an additional contribution of $21,934 in materials and services.
  • WDA Foundation provides nearly $45,000 in 2020 grants FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 7, 2020 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation today announced $45,000 in grants to charitable oral care programs that share its mission of improving the oral health and well-being of state residents.
  • Borgerding joins Wisconsin Dental Association as Director of Government Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  July 7, 2020, WEST ALLIS – The Wisconsin Dental Association today announced that Christopher Borgerding has joined the Association as Director of Government Services. In this position, he will manage the Association’s relationships with state legislators and regulators; oversee WDA actions on dental benefits, insurance and public health issues; assist in directing activities of the WDA Political Action Committee (WIDPAC); and more.
  • WDA Foundation nearly doubles scholarship awards contributions, $29,500 given to dental and hygiene students FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  June 30, 2020 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation today announced that it has awarded a combined $29,500 in 2020 scholarships to 10 dental and dental hygiene students in the state. This is the largest contribution the organization has made in the scholarship program’s 20-year history, almost doubling the previous year’s amount. Scholarships aim to ease the financial burden of dental education for deserving Wisconsin students to ensure that quality dental care will be available for future generations.
  • DENTISTS IMPLEMENT COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES: WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT THURSDAY, JUNE 4, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – West Allis, Wis. – Dental offices across the state have started to reopen for non-emergency procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and Wisconsin’s dentists are rising to even higher levels of caution – with guidance from the American Dental Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others – to protect their patients, dental teams and communities.
  • Wisconsin Dental Association Donates 20,000 Surgical Masks and Other PPE From Postponed Mission of Mercy Charitable Clinic to Medical Workers Statewide WEST ALLIS, Wis. – The Wisconsin Dental Association, which chose to postpone the June 2020 WDA and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy charitable clinic due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, is donating the personal protective equipment (PPE) that would have been used for the large-scale event to Wisconsin Emergency Management to help medical workers curb the spread of coronavirus.
  • WISCONSIN DENTISTS REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR EMERGENCY AND URGENT CARE; FOUR SIGNS YOU SHOULD SEEK EMERGENCY TREATMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEST ALLIS, WIS., March 20, 2020 – As most Wisconsin dentists follow recommendations by the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association and federal health agencies to temporarily suspend elective procedures to lessen transmission of COVID-19, they remain available to provide emergency care – and they urge people to seek that care if they need it.
  • Be on the Lookout: Five Common, No-So-Tooth-Friendly Kids’ Snacks FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEST ALLIS, Feb. 4, 2020 – February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and a perfect time to assess how to improve the oral habits and overall health for the kids we look after. Oral health, for better or worse, significantly influences our total wellness. Our diet plays a similarly important role in our mouths and requires making smart decisions – especially for our children. The grocery store is full of easy snacks for kids that are popularly believed to be healthy, but many are far from it.
  • Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation Elects Dr. Christine Tempas as President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEST ALLIS, Jan. 21, 2020 – Dr. Christine S. Tempas, a retired general dentist and resident of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., has been elected president of the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation.
  • WDA Applauds Assembly Passage of Rural Dental Access Bill FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MADISON, Jan. 21, 2020 – Dr. Thomas Raimann, President of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today released the following statement after the State Assembly passed AB 258, which would create the Rural Scholarship Program at the Marquette University School of Dentistry (MUSOD).
  • WDA Foundation’s Donated Dental Services Provides $346,494 in Care for Elderly, Disabled Adults FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  WEST ALLIS, Jan. 16, 2020 – Dentists who volunteered through the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provided 115 disabled, senior, low-income and uninsured Wisconsin adults with $346,494 in much-needed charitable dental care between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. In addition, dental laboratories across the state contributed $22,073 in materials and services.
  • WDA Praises DHS Update on Dental Reimbursement Pilot; Deeper Look Will Show Investment is Paying Off MADISON, WIS., Jan. 2, 2020 – Dr. Thomas Raimann, president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today released the following statement regarding the Department of Health Services’ update on the Dental Reimbursement Pilot Project.
  • New Year, New Smile: Resolutions for a Healthy Mouth WEST ALLIS, WIS., Dec. 26, 2019 –  The New Year is coming, and it’s time to make your resolution! Choosing one can be easy, but sticking with it can be challenging. If you’re still undecided on your resolution, or have room for one more, make your goal a healthier smile with some simple changes to your oral hygiene routine.
  • WDA recognizes 14 for contributions to organized dentistry and public oral health WEST ALLIS, WIS. – Dr. Julio Rodriguez, a general dentist in Brodhead, is the recipient of the 2019 Wisconsin Dental Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the time, energy and expertise he has contributed to organized dentistry throughout his career.  Rodriguez was one of 14 awardees honored by the 3,100-member statewide professional dental organization on Nov. 8 at the annual Pyramid of Pride Awards held at The Lismore Hotel in Eau Claire.
  • Dr. Thomas Raimann of Milwaukee sworn in as state dental association president FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- WEST ALLIS, WIS. NOV. 11, 2019 – Dr. Thomas Raimann, a resident of Milwaukee, was sworn in as president of the 3,100-member Wisconsin Dental Association at the organization’s 149th House of Delegates on Nov. 8 at The Lismore Hotel in Eau Claire. Dr. Raimann is a retired general dentist following more than 30 years of private practice in Hales Corners.
  • Give Kids A Smile® and Head Start Dental Day to provide $25,000 in donated care to low-income children MILWAUKEE, WIS., Sept. 19, 2019 – Hundreds of children from low-income families in the Milwaukee area will receive free dental exams, fluoride treatments, cleanings, oral health education and limited emergency treatment from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Marquette University School of Dentistry, 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave. The total amount of donated dental care is estimated to reach $25,000 on the day, and even includes oral hygiene instruction to parents and caregivers on the habits that their children should practice at home.
  • Brushing for two: Dental health tips for expecting mothers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 9, 2019, WEST ALLIS – If you’re expecting a newborn this month, you’re one of many! According to data compiled from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Social Security Administration, September is the most common birthday month in the U.S. – and it’s not even close. No matter when a mother’s expecting, it’s important to make healthy choices, especially when it comes to caring for her teeth and gums.
  • WDA Foundation awards $16,500 in dental and hygiene scholarships FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEST ALLIS, June 26, 2019 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation is helping lighten the higher-education financial load of 11 dental and dental hygiene students in the state by awarding them a combined $16,500 in scholarships.
  • Joint committee on finance provides critical investments in oral health FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MADISON, June 5, 2019 – Dr. Patrick Tepe, a general dentist in Verona and president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today released the following statement regarding the Joint Committee on Finance’s vote to retain the Medicaid pilot program and increase investments in oral health for the state’s most vulnerable residents.
  • WDA Foundation Smile grants help another 6,912 have healthier smiles FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEST ALLIS, May 30, 2019 – Nine community outreach programs in Wisconsin helped 6,912 children and adults have healthier smiles during 2018 thanks to toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste donated by the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation.
  • Joint Finance Committee Approves Creation of Rural Dental Student Scholarship Program FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MADISON – May 17, 2019 – Dr. Patrick Tepe, president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today released the following statement regarding JFC’s approval of the Marquette University School of Dentistry (MUSoD) Rural Scholarship program.
  • Connect, Create and Contribute to Older Americans Month with These Tooth Tips FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEST ALLIS, WIS., May 7, 2019 –  May is Older Americans Month and is focused on promoting healthy lifestyles in older adults, as well as raising awareness about the important issues they face. 
  • Rural scholarship proposal for dental students ‘a great step forward’ in helping rural Wisconsinites access oral health care FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -WEST ALLIS, May 6, 2019- Dr. Patrick Tepe, president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today released the following statement regarding the proposed Marquette University School of Dentistry Rural Track Scholarship. The program, which would provide a scholarship to MUSoD dental students who agree to practice in a rural Wisconsin dental health professional shortage area (DHPSA) for up to six years after graduation, is included as part of the Rural Wisconsin Initiative introduced as LRB 2671 by Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point), Rep. Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc), and 21 additional legislators.
  • Governor’s Oral Health Proposals A Mixed Bag FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 1, 2019 – Dr. Patrick Tepe, a practicing dentist in Verona and president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today released the following statement regarding the oral health initiative included in Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget proposal:
  • Medicaid Dental Pilot Demonstrates Initial Success MADISON, WIS. Feb. 27, 2019 – Dr. Patrick Tepe, a general dentist practicing in Verona and president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today issued the following statement after release Wednesday of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s evaluation of the first year of the state’s four-county Medicaid dental pilot program:
  • Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with These Five Healthy Tips WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 19, 2019 – February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and is dedicated to emphasizing the value of establishing good oral health habits in children at an early age.
  • State’s leading voice for oral health encourages more collaboration with Wisconsin’s dental professionals to truly increase access to care WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 11, 2019 – Dr. Patrick Tepe, a Verona dentist and president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today issued the following statement in response to reports that Gov. Tony Evers plans to include several major oral health initiatives in his upcoming executive budget proposal
  • WDA welcomes new director of membership and communications WEST ALLIS, WIS., Jan. 14, 2019 – The Wisconsin Dental Association is proud to announce and welcome Brenna Sadler, APR, as the new director of membership and communications. She is responsible for growing and maintaining the association’s membership, guiding media relations and overseeing all online and print publications and communications.
  • Five new directors join WDA Foundation WEST ALLIS, WIS., Jan. 7, 2019 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation is pleased to welcome five members to its Board of Directors.
  • Wisconsin dentists lead the fight against opioid addiction WEST ALLIS, WIS., Dec. 7, 2018 – In response to a recent report regarding dental opioid prescribing habits published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, Wisconsin Dental Association President Dr. Patrick Tepe, a general dentist in Verona, issued the following statement:
  • WDA recognizes 17 for contributions to dentistry, public oral health FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEST ALLIS, WIS., Nov. 14, 2018 – Dr. Monica Hebl, a general dentist who lives in Wauwatosa and practices in Milwaukee, is the 2018 Wisconsin Dental Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in recognition of her significant contributions of time, energy and expertise to organized dentistry.
  • Dr. Patrick Tepe sworn in as state dental association president FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEST ALLIS, WIS., Nov. 12, 2018 – Dr. Patrick Tepe, a resident of Middleton, was sworn in as president of the 3,000-member Wisconsin Dental Association at the organization’s 148th House of Delegates on Nov. 10 at the Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sheboygan, Wis. A general dentist, Tepe is a partner of Associated Dentists and practices in Verona.
  • Children to receive some $50,000 in donated care for Give Kids A Smile® and Head Start Dental Day MILWAUKEE, WIS., Oct. 1, 2018 – Several hundred Milwaukee-area children, ages 2 – 16, from low-income families will receive an estimated $50,000 in free dental screenings, toothbrush polishing, fluoride treatments, oral hygiene education and limited emergency treatment this Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. – noon. at Marquette University School of Dentistry, 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave.
  • WDA Foundation’s Donated Dental Services provides another 142 elderly, disabled with $559,000 in needed care WEST ALLIS, WIS., Aug. 14, 2018 – Dentists volunteering through the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provided 142 disabled, senior, low-income and uninsured Wisconsin adults with $559,105 in much-needed charitable dental care between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. In addition, dental laboratories across the state contributed $23,761 in materials and services.