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Dental practices now must obtain authorization from a patient to call him or her on his or her cellphone to discuss account and insurance information, according to a recent ruling. CDA advises dental practices to ensure their policies and procedures for communications using patients' cellphone numbers are in compliance with the law.
Two news stories on dental amalgam ran in several news outlets across the country this week. One story examined the health effects of amalgam and the other claimed that the Department of Health and Human Services “squelched” a Food and Drug Administration proposal to “curb” dentists’ use of amalgam. The ADA released a statement in January about the FDA denying three petitions on dental amalgam.
The ADA supports the FDA’s most recent consumer advisory on the issue, which states that dental amalgam is a safe and effective dental material. Patients may ask you about the safety of amalgam based on this news coverage. Feel free to refer them to dental amalgam information on MouthHealthy and the FDA consumer advisory.