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Overview

As America’s leading oral health advocate, the ADA works closely with federal public health agencies, state dental programs and other public health leaders to ensure oral health promotion and disease prevention are addressed at the population, community, individual, and professional levels. These efforts include:

  • Raising public awareness about how most oral diseases can be prevented with simple interventions.
  • Establishing and maintaining population-based prevention programs, such as the optimal fluoridation of municipal water supplies and school-based sealant programs.
  • Developing a skilled public health workforce with the necessary infrastructure to assess and adequately respond to the oral health needs of the community.
  • Improving public health outcomes through collaboration and engagement. 
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Letters & Testimony

  • November 20, 2012—Coalition letter asking for oral disease to be addressed in the World Health Organization's (WHO's) General Programme of Work from 2014-2019.  
  • August 3, 2012—Letter commenting on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's draft research plan for the prevention of dental caries in preschool-aged children.
  • June 8, 2012—Letter expressing support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's draft recommendations for identifying persons with Hepatitis C (HCV) chronic infection.
  • May 7, 2012—Letter urging the House Committee on the Judiciary to retain several health-related provisions in its mark up and report of H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012.
  • February 29, 2012—Statement to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging on the need to expand access to dental care.  
  • November 30, 2011—Letter urging the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to retain the dental provisions during its mark up of S. 1925, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011, and forward it to the full Senate with a unanimous recommendation for passage.
  • October 31, 2011—Letter urging the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to mark up S. 1765, the Consolidation of Grants to Strengthen the Healthcare System's Response to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Act, and forward it to the full Senate with a unanimous recommendation for passage. 
  • October 31, 2011—Letter commending Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) for introducing S. 1765, the Consolidation of Grants to Strengthen the Healthcare System's Response to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Act.
  • October 31, 2011—Coalition letter thanking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for including oral health among the small set of leading health indicators for Healthy People 2020.
  • October 31, 2011—Letter thanking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for including oral health among the small set of leading health indicators for Healthy People 2020.
  • October 31, 2011—Press release on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decision to include oral health among the small set of leading health indicators for Healthy People 2020.
  • July 26, 2011—Coalition letter urging the United States permanent ambassador to the United Nations to ensure oral health is addressed at the U.N. General Assembly’s high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
  • June 29, 2011—Letter urging the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives to recommend oral health as one of several leading health indicators to sharpen the focus of Healthy People 2020.
  • June 22, 2011—Letter urging the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to mark up H.R. 1578, the Violence Against Women Health Initiative Act of 2011, and forward it to the full House with a unanimous recommendation for passage.
  • June 22, 2011—Letter commending Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y. 28th) for introducing H.R. 1578, the Violence Against Women Health Initiative Act of 2011.
  • June 21, 2011—Letter commending Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) for introducing S. 966, the Bone Health Promotion and Research Act of 2011.
  • June 1, 2011—Letter urging the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to mark up S. 966, the Bone Health Promotion and Research Act of 2011, and forward it to the full Senate with a unanimous recommendation for passage.
  • May 9, 2011—Coalition letter urging the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure oral health is addressed at the U.N. General Assembly’s high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
  • February 23, 2010—Letter commending Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev. 1st) for introducing H.R. 3856, the Bone Health Promotion and Research Act of 2009.
  • December 31, 2009—Letter commenting on the draft objectives for Healthy People 2020.
  • April 14, 2009—Coalition letter expressing support for H.Res. 193 to designate April as National Facial Protection Month.
  • April 30, 2008—Testimony urging the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives to retain oral health as a strong and viable part of the Healthy People goals for 2020.
  • January 11, 2008—Letter urging the Department of Health and Human Services to retain oral health as a strong and viable part of the Healthy People goals for 2020.  
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ADA Resources

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National Public Health Initiatives

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Additional Resources

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Contact Us

Federal Affairs
1111 14th Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
202.898.2400
Fax: 202.898.2437
E-mail: govtpol@ada.org

State Government Affairs
ADA Chicago Headquarters
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
312.440.2525
Fax: 312.440.3539
E-mail: govtpol@ada.org

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