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

Dentist Feels the ADA Has Become the Enemy of the General Dentist (video)

ADA has Become the Enemy of the General DentistThe American Dental Association is dentistry’s largest professional organization, but not all dentists feel that the ADA represents their interests.

One Missouri dentist declared, “The ADA has actually become the enemy of the general dentist!”

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if the ADA is dominated by specialists who are trying to promote their own agenda over the welfare of the general dentist.

Almost two thirds of the respondents felt specialists are using the ADA so that they can make money at the expense of  general dentists.

Watch the video below to hear more of what both dentists and specialists have to say about the ADA –

General dentists were eight times more likely to criticize the ADA over specialists.

How do you feel about the ADA?

Dentists Frustrated by the Limitations Dental Boards Put on Dental Marketing (video)

dental boards and advertisingThe purpose of state dental boards is to make sure that dentists stay in line both professionally, clinically and ethically. They make sure dental marketing stays in line too.

The Wealthy Dentist asked dentists if they feel that state dental boards unfairly restrict dental practice marketing. Two out of three dentists said no – dental boards are just protecting the public’s best interest. But one out of three dentists was frustrated by the limitations dental boards put on advertising and other dental marketing efforts.

Watch the Video to hear more of what dentists have to say –

What are your thoughts on state dental boards and dental marketing?

Dentists Face 2.3 Percent Excise Tax in 2013

Affordable Care Act: Dentists Face 2.3 Percent Excise Tax in 2013Dentists are anxiously waiting for new IRS regulations regarding the 2.3% medical device excise tax that is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act.

There has been quite a bit of confusion as to what constitutes a “taxable medical device.”

The IRS has defined it as “a device approved by the Food and Drug Administration for human use,” which means the tax includes dental devices.

According to the American Dental Association, the medical device excise tax is a manufacturer’s excise tax, and the manufacturer or importer of a taxable medical device is responsible for reporting and paying the tax.

Dental laboratories are attempting to clear up the confusion by sending out letters to dentists explaining the excise tax and how it will be applied.

Dr. Daniel Collado and Dr. John Reitz told the ADA News that “Each lab has the option of including the MDT in their charge to the dentist or separately itemizing the MDT on their invoice to the dentist.”

From the ADA website –

The proposed rule appears to indicate that dental equipment, material and supply purchased by a dentist for use in the office will be subject to the tax, such as restorative materials, hand instruments, surgical instruments and endodontic filling materials, the ADA Washington Office said. It appears that completed dental prosthetics will not be taxed but the materials that are used to make dental prosthetics will be subject to the tax.

While the completed crown or denture may not be taxed, according to this interpretation of the proposed rule, the materials used to make the crown or denture such as the metal alloys, acrylic and porcelains will be taxed. But these interpretations await clarification from the Internal Revenue Service.

The tax is expected to cost the medical device industry an estimated $20 billion dollars.

Dentists, what are your thoughts on the 2.3% excise tax?

For more on this story see: Dentists Await IRS Device Tax Rules

Dental News: The ADA Appoints a New President

Dental News: The ADA Appoints a New President The American Dental Association appointed Dr. Robert A. Faiella of Massachusetts as the 149th president of the ADA at their Annual Session held in San Francisco.

In the past, Dr. Faiella has served as the ADA’s president-elect and as an ADA Board trustee from the 1st District, which represents Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Dr. Faiella is also the former president of the Massachusetts Dental Society, the past chairman and of ADA Business Enterprises, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the ADA, the former general chair of the Yankee Dental Congress, and former consultant to the MDS Council on Government Affairs.

Failla completed his pre-doctoral education at Villanova University, receiving two Bachelor of Science degrees and a D.M.D. degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University School of Dental Medicine. He completed his graduate training in periodontology as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, as well as a Masters of Medical Science degree from Harvard Medical School. He has been an ADA member for 34 years, according to the ADA website.

In past The Wealthy Dentist Surveys, dentists have been asked if the American Dental Association is dominated by specialists who are trying to promote their own agendas and not necessarily the welfare of the general dentist.

As many as two-thirds of the dentist respondents replied that specialists and their associations use the ADA just so they can make more money.

It has been reported that the ADA has over 155,000 member dentists and with 195,628 active dentists in the U.S., about 79% of dentists are still members of the ADA.

Dentists, what are your thoughts about Dr. Faiella’s appointment and the ADA?

Leave a comment and let us know!

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