ADA's annual meeting starts Thursday in Orlando

Sept. 27, 2004
Association's 145th annual session, featuring the country's largest dental exhibition, will run Thursday through Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center.

Nearly 35,000 dentists and oral health professionals are expected to attend the American Dental Association's (ADA) 145th annual session, Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

In addition to scientific presentations and distinguished guest speakers John Majors, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and Capt. James Lovell, Jr., commander of Apollo 13, the ADA's annual session hosts the largest dental exhibition in the country with over 750 companies occupying more than 1,800 booths.

To view a list of Annual Session daily highlights, please visit the ADA's Web site at: and click on "2004 Annual Session Press Kit."

Among the speakers and topics to be presented at the ADA's Annual Session:
* John Major, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1990-1997
Mr. Major's speech is entitled, "The Changing World"

* Capt. James Lovell, Jr., Commander of Apollo 13 Capt. Lovell's speech is entitled, "Apollo 13: A Successful Failure"

* Tomorrow's Dental Office Today (an interactive, high tech mobile exhibit)

* Save the World From Cavities (an ADA and Colgate national campaign)

* Dishing Up Smiles (a new cookbook from the ADA, the Alliance of the ADA and the Foundation for Dental Health Education)

* Massaging More Than Your Gums: Spa Amenities in Dental Offices

* Alternative medicine: Wave of the Future? Blast From the Past?

* What You Put In Your Mouth Can Hurt You

* Impact of Street Drugs (How dentists can recognize the "doctor shopper" and signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs)

* The Internet Revolution, Junk Science and Dentistry

Media Relations staff can arrange interviews with Annual Session speakers and provide background information on oral health topics.

The not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 149,000 members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer and professional products. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association's Web site at