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American Dental Association Statement on the Wall Street Journal Article ‘The Health-Care PAC to Watch? Dentists’

Contact Information:

Rob Raible:  Telephone: 202-789-5166  Email: raibler@ada.org
Richard Green: Telephone: 202-789-5170  Email: greenr@ada.org

Although headquartered in Chicago, the ADA has long maintained an office in Washington, DC, to better advocate on behalf of the nation’s oral health and the dental profession’s ability to serve the public.  With the support of professional staff, ADA volunteer leaders work to ensure that Congress and the federal agencies understand the importance of oral health to overall health and wellbeing, and that the laws and rules they make and enforce help to improve the nation’s oral health, or at least do not harm it.

By contributing to the American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC), ADA members work to elect and reelect candidates who share the Association’s goal of breaking down the barriers that impede too many Americans from attaining good oral health.  ADPAC also supports a grassroots network of volunteer dentists, who interact directly with the members of Congress from their home districts.

The ADA’s lobbying and campaign activity helps support:

  • Safety net programs to help underserved people get the care they need;
  • Prevention measures such as community water fluoridation, oral health education and dental sealant programs;
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and other oral health research entities;
  • The military dental infrastructure that provides care to millions of service members and their families;
  • The dental components of the US Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indian Health Service; and
  • Law-and rule-making that prevents unnecessary increases in the cost of dental care.

ADA members are proud of the Association’s advocacy on behalf of the nation’s oral health.

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 www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.