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American Dental Association Honored for Older Adults Oral Health Program

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CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2008—The Associations Advance America Awards program has named the American Dental Association (ADA) to its 2008 Honor Roll, a national awards competition for innovative projects sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership, Washington, D.C.

The ADA received the award for its OralLongevityprogram, an initiative between the ADA, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and the ADA Foundation. It focuses on improving and maintaining good oral health for older adults throughout their lives. The oral health initiative includes providing older adults, their families, caregivers and dental professionals with education and other free resources to increase the awareness of and need for better oral health.

Now in its 18th year, the Associations Advance America Awards program recognizes associations that propel America forward, with innovative projects in education, skills training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship and community service. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public, according to Associations Advance America.

"We are very pleased and grateful for the recognition bestowed upon us by the Associations Advance America Awards program," said ADA President Mark J. Feldman, DMD. "Indeed, we are very proud of our OralLongevityinitiative because it is a major step in bringing needed attention to the importance of oral health care and good oral hygiene for older Americans."

"The ADA's program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions that associations are making to advance American society," said AAA's Committee Chair Matthew D'Uva, CAE, president of SOCAP International.

More information about the ADA's OralLongevityinitiative is available at the following link

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist 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 dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website