Diet and Nutrition
The ADA works closely with lawmakers, public health leaders, and others to encourage consumers to maintain balanced, nutritious diets that contribute to sound oral health. This includes maintaining and, in some cases, enhancing parts of several federal nutrition and food assistance programs.
Current Policies (PDF) is the latest published edition of major policies and positions adopted by the ADA House of Delegates. (ADA Members may also access the 2012 report (PDF) of the Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations ad hoc advisory committee on nutrition and oral health.)
The ADA is calling on policy makers to:
- Support high-level research on associations between diet, nutrition, and oral health, with an emphasis on determining whether and how dental caries rates fluctuate based on the volume of added sugar(s), sweeteners, and artificial sweeteners consumed.
- Require federal nutrition education programs to have an oral health component, with an emphasis on brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, limiting consumption of sugary snacks and beverages, and seeing the dentist as recommended.
- Require federal food assistance programs to include mouth healthy standards that are both practical and based on high-level science, with an emphasis on improving the quality of foods sold in schools.
- Leverage regulatory opportunities help consumers monitor their consumption of sugar(s), low pH-level acid(s), and other food ingredients that can increase the risk for dental caries.
- Carefully monitor how sugary foods and beverages are marketed to children and young adults.
Letters and Testimony
Letters and Testimony reflect the Association's position(s) on specific bills, regulations, and other policy issues, and are based on the major policies and positions (PDF) adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
- May 8, 2015—Comments (PDF) on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
- April 29, 2015—Testimony (PDF) urging the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to fund additional research on the relationship between diet, nutrition, and oral health. (See related ADA News article.)
- June 2, 2014—Letter (PDF) addressing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule updating the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels for conventional foods and dietary supplements.
- April 28, 2014—Letter (PDF) addressing implementation of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) rule governing the nutrition standards for all foods sold on school grounds.
- October 28, 2013—Letter (PDF) addressing the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) interim final rule governing the nutrition standards for all foods sold on school grounds.
- April 8, 2013—Letter (PDF) addressing the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) proposed nutrition standards for all foods sold on school campuses.
- December 18, 2012—Coalition letter (PDF) 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.
- September 13, 2012—Statement on the New York City mayor's proposal to ban the purchase of large-sized sugary beverages.
- July 23, 2012—Coalition letter (PDF) calling for the Surgeon General to detail the current knowledge about the relationship(s) between specific dietary practices and oral diseases.
Dental Society Resources
The ADA Department of State Government Affairs (DSGA) offers resources to help state and local dental societies benefit from the best practices and lessons learned in other states and
For additional information or to request assistance, please contact the DSGA at 312.440.2525 or email@example.com.
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