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Overview

Eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing (or promoting) tooth decay and gum disease. From a dental perspective, a steady diet of sugary foods and drinks, including juice and sports drinks, can damage teeth. A lack of certain nutrients can also make it more difficult for tissues in the mouth to resist infection.

As America’s leading advocate for oral health, the ADA works closely with government agencies, public health leaders and others to promote healthy diets.

Letters and Testimony

  • April 8, 2013—Letter addressing the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS’) proposed nutrition standards for all foods sold on school campuses.
  • Dec. 12, 2012—Coalition letter urging the House Committee on Agriculture to defend the SNAP-Ed program during floor debate over H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012.
  • July 23, 2012—Coalition letter calling for the Surgeon General to detail the current knowledge about the relationship(s) between specific dietary practices and oral diseases.
  • June 1, 2012—Statement on the New York City mayor's proposal to ban the purchase of large-sized sugary beverages.
  • June 17, 2011—Letter commenting on the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed voluntary principles for use by industry to improve the nutritional profile of foods marketed to children.
  • December 6, 2010—Letter supporting the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s proposal to operate a two-year demonstration project that would effectively restrict the purchase of certain “sugar-sweetened beverages” (including most carbonated soft drinks) with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
  • November 11, 2010—Coalition Letter urging the House Committee on Education and Labor to pursue House passage of S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
  • August 2, 2010—Letter urging members of the Senate to vote for S. 3307, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
  • July 19, 2010—Letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, expressing support for H.R. 5090, the Nutrition Education and Wellness in Schools Act (NEW Schools Act).
  • July 19, 2010—Letter to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, expressing support for S. 3126, the Healthy Local Policies for Schools Act of 2010 (HELP Schools Act of 2010).
  • July 19, 2010—Letter to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, expressing support for S. 3446, the Child Nutrition Enhancement Act of 2010.
  • July 13, 2010—Letter to the House Committee on Education and Labor, expressing support for H.R. 5504, the Improving Nutrition for America's Children Act.
  • March 22, 2010—Letter urging the House Agriculture Committee to incorporate early childhood tooth decay into the nutrition education components of the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (the WIC program).
  • March 17, 2010—Letter urging the Senate Agriculture Committee to incorporate early childhood tooth decay into the nutrition education components of the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (the WIC program).
  • September 23, 2009—Coalition letter urging members of the House to support H.R. 3625, the Food Marketing in Schools Assessment Act.
  • September 23, 2009—Letter commending Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y. 4th) for introducing H.R. 3625, the Food Marketing in Schools Assessment Act.
  • June 11, 2009—Letter commending Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) for including a provision in S. 1099, the Patients' Choice Act, that would prohibit junk food from being eligible for purchase under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • June 11, 2009—Letter commending Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc. 1st) for including a provision in H.R. 2520, the Patients' Choice Act, that would prohibit junk food from being eligible for purchase under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • May 27, 2009—Letter commending Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for introducing S. 934, the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act
  • February 26, 2009—Letter commending Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif. 6th) for introducing H.R. 1324, the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act
  • August 12, 2005—Letter urging the Federal Trade Commission to include the targeted marketing of soft drinks to children in its initiative to promote more health conscious marketing practices within the food and beverage industry

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