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American Dental Association President-Elect Testifies Before Institute of Medicine Committee on an Oral Health Initiative

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WASHINGTON, March 31, 2010—American Dental Association President-Elect Dr. Raymond Gist testified today before an Institute of Medicine Committee, examining the various aspects of a proposed federal "oral health initiative" as a way to advance the government's overall strategy for improving the nation's dental care. 

Dr. Gist emphasized the importance of maintaining a dental presence in all federal agencies responsible for improving and maintaining the nation's health. This would include ensuring that each federal agency that has a dental component have a chief dental officer with an identifiable budget, he said.

He also stressed that private-public partnerships can help the Department of Health and Human Services in enhancing projects to reduce oral disease and increase access to care.

Dr. Gist's testimony is available on request.

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