Monthly Archives: March 2015

2015 ORGULLO Video Competition

2015 ORGULLO HDA Student Chapter Video Competition! 
We are delighted to present this exciting competition for Our Student Chapters. This competition is designed to accomplish two important goals: Outreach and Education.
Orgullo Procedures– Click here for Procedures and Forms

Dates and Deadlines:
April 1, 2015
– Sign up deadline for filing Intention Form
June 1, 2015 Interim Report Due
July 1, 2015– Written Report Due
August 1, 2015-Video Submission Deadline


Scholarship Program

HDA Foundation’s Mission is: To build healthier Hispanic communities, we connect partners and develop leaders who impact transformational strategies for education, scholarship and research.

The Hispanic Dental Association Foundation is committed to supporting students through the educational process by awarding grants and scholarships to individuals with strong support from corporate partners and individual donors.  For the 2015-2016 academic year, all applications must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2015.

Scholarship Descriptions

Scholarship Application

Do You Know What Your Dental Practice is Worth?

As a business owner, one of the questions you may often ask yourself is “What is the value of my business?” This is such an important question because whether you realize it or not, the value of your dental practice will impact both your personal and professional lives in many significant ways.

Knowing the value of your dental practice can help you plan your professional future. To give you an idea, this knowledge can help you to determine the dental practice’s selling price, the amount needed to fund a buy-sell agreement— a legally binding agreement requiring one party to sell, and another party to buy a particular ownership interest in a business— or to assign values to individual business assets.

Learn more about how to determine the value of your dental practice, and Visit to locate a Financial Professional near you.

Dentists in Nursing Homes

Dentists in Nursing Homes
By: Diana Macri, RDH, BSDH, MS.Ed., AADH
Last year the New York Times reported on the epidemic of poor oral hygiene in long term care facilities (i.e. nursing homes, assisted living facilities) across the nation. Poor oral health is known by dental professionals to significantly contribute to a myriad of systemic disorders including diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia. Use of medications often manifest oral changes and pathology in this patient population. With the decline of edentulism it is now common to see many patients over the age of 65 with full dentition which have sustained age-related changes such as attrition, abrasion, recession and loss of attachment (periodontal disease). The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors found that 30% of residents had “substantial oral debris on at least two-thirds of their teeth,” in the twenty nursing homes they surveyed.  Read More: Dentists in Nursing Homes


Geriatrics: As the population ages, is this the missing discipline in Oral Health Care Management?

Geriatrics: As the population ages, is this the missing discipline in Oral Health Care Management?

As the number of elderly Americans increases, their dental needs increase as well. Too many seniors retire with the idea that Social Security and Medicare will provide for all their health care needs, including physical and oral health care, when in fact resources for geriatric oral health care are quite limited. Read More: Geriatrics Article

HDA and MassMutual Team Up to Help Hispanic Oral Care Professionals Reach Economic Success

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 9, 2015 – The Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) is pleased to announce the launch of a key strategic collaboration with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). The yearlong partnership will allow the HDA to further its mission of providing service, education, advocacy, and leadership intended to eliminate oral health disparities in the Hispanic community. At the same time, this collaboration will allow MassMutual to help raise financial acumen among dental professionals as well as the Hispanic community.
Read More: HDA & Mass Mutual