The ADA works closely with public health agencies, state dental programs and other public health leaders to ensure oral health promotion and disease prevention are addressed at the population, community, individual and professional levels. These efforts include:
- raising public awareness about how most oral diseases can be prevented with simple interventions;
- establishing and maintaining population-based prevention programs, such as the optimal fluoridation of municipal water supplies and school-based sealant programs;
- developing a skilled public health workforce with the necessary infrastructure to assess and adequately respond to the oral health needs of the community; and
- improving public health outcomes through collaboration and engagement.
Letters & Testimony
- June 18, 2013—Letter (PDF) commenting on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft evidence report and recommendation statements on prevention of dental caries in children from birth through age five years.
- November 20, 2012—Coalition letter (PDF) asking for oral disease to be addressed in the World Health Organization's (WHO's) General Programme of Work from 2014-2019.
- August 3, 2012—Letter (PDF) commenting on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's draft research plan for the prevention of dental caries in preschool-aged children.
- June 8, 2012—Letter (PDF) expressing support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's draft recommendations for identifying persons with Hepatitis C (HCV) chronic infection.
- May 7, 2012—Letter (PDF) urging the House Committee on the Judiciary to retain several health-related provisions in its mark up and report of H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012.
- February 29, 2012—Statement (PDF) to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging on the need to expand access to dental care.
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