Are General Dentists Alienated from the ADA? (Video)

In this survey, we asked: Is the American Dental Association dominated by specialists who are trying to promote their own agendas and not necessarily the welfare of the general dentist?

Nearly two-thirds of respondents said, “Yes! Specialists and their associations are using the ADA so they can make more money – at the expense of general dentists, of course.”

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General Dentists Wonder if ADA Represents Them (video)

ADA: general dentists feel it's dominated by dental specialistsWe asked dentists if the American Dental Association (ADA) is dominated by specialists who are trying to promote their own agendas and not necessarily the welfare of the general dentist.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents said, “Yes! Specialists and their associations are using the ADA so they can make more money – at the expense of general dentists, of course.”

A number of general dentists are still upset with the ADA over the organization’s stance on sedation dentistry.

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Dentists Ready for a Dental Union

Dentists ready to abandon American Dental AssociationHalf of dentists are ready for the profession to form a dental union, according to this dental survey.

Feeling squeezed by dental insurance companies and abandoned by the American Dental Association, many dentists are ready for a union of dentists. (One dentist even volunteered to organize it!)

read more: Many Dentists Ready for a New Dental Union

Dentist Attitudes Towards the ADA (video)

Dentist attitudes toward the ADADentist opinions about the American Dental Association span the gamut.

In this survey, 48% of dentist respondents said the ADA is an accurate representation of dentists, while 52% feel the ADA is a tool for specialists to maintain the status quo.

“Apparently, from this sedation dentistry debacle the ADA has no problem limiting ‘Access to Care,’ which I actually thought they cared about. I say we have fools for representatives,” scoffed one dentist. Agreed another, “They are trying to limit our ability to perform oral conscious sedation, and I think that is a tragedy for our patients!”

One dentist offered this straightforward advice: “ADA should be marketing dentistry like the Milk Foundation does the ‘Got Milk’ campaign. Couldn’t tell you a thing that they do that is positive for dentists.”

Read more: Dentists Uncertain about American Dental Association

General Dentists Offer a Variety of Orthodontic Options to Patients

orthodonic options Recently the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) reported that over one million adults are wearing braces. New technologies have widened the options for braces and made them attractive to dental patients of all ages.

No longer do patients fear having a “mouth full of metal.”

We conducted a survey that asked dentists what type of orthodontic options they now offer at their practice.

This was their response –

  • Conventional braces — 22%
  • Ceramic braces — 19%
  • Lingual braces — 6%
  • Invisalign® — 22%
  • Inspice ICE® — 4%
  • ClearCorrect® — 10%
  • Simpli 5® — 6%
  • Smart Moves® — 4%
  • RW II® — 3%
  • Red White & Blue® — 4%

“I have done orthodontics as a GP for 24 years.” (General dentist)

“Patients value the option of avoiding bands and brackets.” (Urban dentist)

“I prefer fixed orthodontia, as it is easier to keep the patient compliant.” (North Carolina dentist)

“Pre-treating arch discrepancies including posterior cross bites with removable orthopedic appliances allow you to finalize many cases with Invisalign®.” (California dentist)

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