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TDA Urges All Dentists to Volunteer Twelve Hours Per Year

HHHC Tennessee Dental Association LogoRecently Dr. Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi, CEO of the Interfaith Dental Clinic of Nashville, hosted a Summer “Young Dentist Happy Hour” at a Franklin restaurant to raise awareness of the Interfaith Dental Clinic. The event was a huge success with about 50 new dentists attending! Events such as these promote the May 2016 TDA House of Delegates resolution which recommends to TDA members that a minimum of twelve (12) hours of pro bono dental treatment be performed annually to help Tennessee’s underserved population. The Interfaith Dental Clinic of Nashville and other clinics across the state are great places to volunteer your time.  CLICK HERE to see a list of Safety Net Dental Clinics in Tennessee where you could help make a difference by volunteering your time.

See below for the TDA House of Delegates Resolution adopted on May 21, 2016.

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Pro Bono Service for the Underserved

BACKGROUND STATEMENT:  The ADA Code of Ethics, which will commemorate 150 years in existence this year, states in its Preamble, “… each dentist should share in providing advocacy to and care of the underserved,” while a recent survey by the TDA’s Oral Health Initiatives Committee indicates only a small number of members provide a minimum of pro bono services to the underserved. To encourage member dentists from the “Volunteer State” to follow the ADA Code of Ethics and to commemorate 150 years of the ADA Code of Ethics,

Therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the 2016 House of Delegates recommends to TDA members a minimum of twelve (12) hours of pro bono dental treatment be performed annually to help Tennessee’s underserved population and that the Association vigorously promote this recommendation to the membership.

The resolution was adopted.