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Pennsylvania Dental Association Website: A Great Resource for Pennsylvania Residents

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 General News J E 4
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HARRISBURG, Pa., July 7 Need to find a Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) member dentist in your area? Are you a senior citizen living in Pennsylvania looking for reduced-fee dental care? Are you looking for information on oral health topics such as brushing and flossing, fluoride or baby bottle tooth decay? Look no further! PDA's website, www.padental.org, is an excellent resource, providing patients this type of information and much more in a user-friendly format. A vast number of helpful resources for patients and the public alike can be found by hovering over the "Patients" tab found on the left-hand side of PDA's homepage or by using the specific web addresses cited below.



To find a PDA member dentist in your area via PDA's website, go to www.padental.org/findadentist. Using this search feature, you can search for member dentists by name, county, ZIP code, specialty, city or a combination of search criteria. For example, if you need to find an endodontist in the Harrisburg area, type "Harrisburg" in the city field, select "Endodontics" from the specialty dropdown and click the "Search" button. This search would yield results showing that there are six dentists in Harrisburg who specialize in endodontics.



Many PDA member dentists offer dental care at a reduced cost to senior citizens on low or fixed incomes through PDA's Senior Dental Care Program (SDCP). More than 1,000 dentists have participated in this voluntary program, which enables many seniors to obtain affordable dental care and helps them enjoy good oral health and well-being. For more information on PDA's SDCP, including an online referral request form, just go to www.padental.org/sdcp.



Are you looking for a free or reduced-fee dental clinic in your area? Go to www.padental.org/clinicdirectory. This online directory is searchable by county and contains detailed information on free or reduced-fee dental clinics, such as location and contact information, hours of operation, services provided, patient eligibility criteria, fees and area(s) served.



The "Patient Information" section of PDA's website contains valuable information on a variety of oral health topics, including dentures, brushing and flossing, smoking, smokeless tobacco, mouthguards, bisphosphonates and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), geriatric dental care, oral cancer, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), fluoride, baby bottle tooth decay and what to expect at your child's first dental visit, dental emergencies, periodontal disease and dental implants. To view informative articles on the above topics, go to www.padental.org/patientinformation.



Whether you're searching for a PDA member dentist or a dental clinic in your area, interested in enrolling in PDA's SDCP or are in need of information on a pertinent dental topic, PDA's website, www.padental.org, is a one-stop resource for this information and much more. PDA and its member dentists ensure Pennsylvanians are informed consumers and have access to quality dental care.



To learn more about PDA's website or if you have questions concerning the site, please contact Rob Pugliese, director of communications, at rap@padental.org.



SOURCE Pennsylvania Dental Association
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