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Action for Dental Health Year Two

Two years ago, the American Dental Association (ADA) launched Action for Dental Health, a nationwide, community-based movement to improve the oral health of America’s most needy people.

Action for Dental Health has taken root in every state in the nation, and continues to grow as ADA member dentists provide care now to people already suffering from untreated dental disease, strengthen and expand the public/private safety net, and bring dental health education and disease prevention into communities. Action for Dental Health is composed of eight initiatives with individual goals aimed at improving access to care. 

Action for Dental Health Is Gaining Momentum

Cover of Action for Dental Health Report to Congress
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Year Two: A Progress Report outlines the initiatives, goals and progress to date of Action for Dental Health. The report showcases stories about dentists and community partners who have developed sustainable models that improve access to care for those who need it most. The full report is available online. 

Action for Dental Health Act

The Action for Dental Health Act of 2015 (H.R. 539), introduced by Reps. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), allows organizations to qualify for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention oral health grants to support efforts to improve oral health education and dental disease prevention, and to deliver free dental care to underserved populations. The grants would also be used to develop and expand outreach programs establishing dental homes for children and adults, including the elderly, blind and disabled. 

This bill would add no additional burden to taxpayers, but would instead redirect existing resources to the kinds of programs that are already proven to reduce and eliminate the barriers that prevent millions of Americans from achieving good oral health.

Engage allows ADA members to contact their legislators and stay informed on critical public policy issues that affect dentistry.