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Healthy teeth and gums aren’t a luxury. They’re essential.

Report to Congress About
Action for Dental Health
This report features stories about dentists and community partners who have developed sustainable models that improve access to care.

Learn more about the report

Read about Action for Dental Health Act 2014 (H.R. 4395)

Read the news release

That’s why the American Dental Association (ADA) launched Action for Dental Health: Dentists Making a Difference, a nationwide, community-based movement aimed at ending the dental health crisis facing America today.

All Americans deserve good dental health

The causes of the dental health crisis are varied and complex. But we know that for each of us – and for the nation as a whole – it’s never too late to get on top of our dental health. Action for Dental Health aims to prevent dental disease before it starts and reduce the proportion of adults and children with untreated dental disease. Our goal is to help all Americans attain their best oral health. Read more about the goals for Action for Dental Health (PDF).

Dental Health Crisis Statistics

Three-pronged action plan

Action for Dental Health is comprehensive in its approach and scope and is designed to address the dental health crisis in three distinct areas:

  1. Provide care now to people who are suffering from untreated disease.
  2. Strengthen and expand the public/private safety net.
  3. Disease prevention and dental health education.

Action for Dental Health is composed of eight initiatives designed to address specific barriers to care. 

Success stories

Dentists throughout the country are taking action to improve the nation’s dental health by delivering care now to those already suffering with disease, strengthening the dental safety net, and bringing dental health education and disease prevention into communities.

Here are some of their stories.


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