The ADA Supporting the Dental Community During COVID-19

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Christopher C. Babcock, MD practices his profession at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, where he performs dental extractions, removes wisdom teeth, and works on other dental-related issues. Christopher C. Babcock, MD is a member of the American Dental Association, an organization comprised of dentists and other industry professionals across the nation with the mission of advocating for high quality oral care for all.

The American Dental Association (ADA) works to empower those in the field of dentistry and advance the overall oral health of patients. The ADA also advocates for public health and other issues in relation to the field such as oral cancer and the opioid crisis that is ravaging America. Because of the ADA’s interest in such issues, the organization frequently engages with the government to pass legislation that helps both professionals and patients in the field.

In 2015, the ADA became strategic partners with the federal government and the Department of Health and Human Services with the mission to prevent opioid deaths alongside the American Medical Association Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse. More recently, in 2020, The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards officially recognized orofacial pain, oral medicine, and ten others as dental specialties. In addition, due to COVID-19 the ADA was forced to close its Chicago headquarters. However, the Coronavirus Center for Dentists was launched on the ADA’s website in order to keep members informed on new developments and provide guidance and resources to help practices, staff, and patients during the pandemic.

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