ADA Reaffirms Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

CHICAGO, (Dec. 21, 2022) — The American Dental Association’s (ADA) strong commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion is outlined in its core values and diversity, equity and inclusion policies. The ADA’s core values are at the heart of its mission to help dentists succeed and support the advancement of the health of the public. Diversity involves a daily commitment to empower each other through mutual respect, sharing and valuing others’ thoughts, perspectives, and beliefs and treating others the way that they want to be treated. Diverse viewpoints and needs are heard, valued and respected.

In light of a recent allegation of racism within the dental community, the ADA reaffirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion. This commitment extends to rejecting racism within dental education and our profession. Recognizing that consistent and continuous action leads to positive change, the ADA will strive to advance actions that successfully promote diversity, equity and inclusion and help eradicate racism, discrimination and bias. Whether it be a patient seeking care, a student seeking to join the profession, or a dentist providing that care, the ADA believes that diversity is our strength.

In an effort to seek input, insights and perspectives from a variety of individuals and groups, the ADA will continue to convene with key stakeholders to evaluate the current diversity and inclusion climate within the profession, identify key issues, share successes, propose recommendations for change and provide resources for those impacted. Outcomes from the stakeholders meeting will be shared broadly as the resultant actions will benefit the dental community and the public at large.

Additional information on the ADA’s diversity and inclusion activities may be found at: https://www.ada.org/about/principles/diversity-and-inclusion.

About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 161,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), published monthly, is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org.