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ADA first dental organization to collaborate with health literacy resource

July 05, 2016

By Michelle Manchir

The ADA in July became the first dental organization to collaborate with Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and Consumer Reports that aims to help patients make educated choices about health care.

The website's goal is to advance conversations between providers and patients with lists of scientific and evidence-based recommendations from national and state medical specialty societies, health collaboratives and consumer organizations.

The dental portion of the website will launch in mid-July  and cover topics including  the best time to replace fillings, when to consider sealants, what to do about jaw pain, best practices for children's oral care and advice from Consumer Reports about dental benefits plans and payments.

The ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations served as the lead agency on this initiative, and a steering committee composed of ADA volunteers and dental experts developed evidence-based statements for the website that are also consumer friendly.

"The ADA's goal in participating in Choosing Wisely is to help patients find information about dental health and begin conversations with their dentists so that they can make informed decisions  about their treatment," said Dr. Cesar Sabates, council chair.

More than 70 health care associations participate in Choosing Wisely and the ADA is the only dental organization to be invited to participate.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded ADA's Choosing Wisely initiative.

For more information on Choosing Wisely, visit ADA.org/choosingwisely.