Prevention and education
February 5, 2024 — Letter expressing support for S. 3597, the Promoting Dental Health Act. This bill would reauthorize the oral health promotion and disease prevention activities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through 2028 (PDF).
June 5, 2023 — Letter in support of H.R. 3633, the Promoting Resources to Expand Vaccination, Education, and New Treatments for HPV Cancers Act, or the PREVENT HPV Cancers Act, which would establish a national public awareness campaign on HPV vaccination (PDF).
September 20, 2022 — Letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in support of H.R. 5141, the MOBILE Health Care act, which would give community health centers more flexibility in using New Access Points grants for mobile health care units. (PDF)
December 10, 2021 — Letter urging the Senate leadership to bring the PREVENT HPV Act up for a vote. (PDF) This bill would authorize a public service campaign on HPV vaccination.
The ADA works closely with state and local dental societies to promote the community water fluoridation of municipal water supplies at recommended levels. The ADA also supports capacity-building grants to help communities establish, upgrade, and maintain an effective public water fluoridation infrastructure.
May 30, 2023—Letter sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing concerns about a new EPA proposal to require water authorities to install new filtration technologies to remove several polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from drinking water. (PDF)
The ADA is working with lawmakers, public health leaders, and others to encourage consumers to maintain balanced, nutritious diets that contribute to sound oral health.
July 17, 2023 — Comments on the food labeling study the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing. (PDF)
February 21, 2023 — ADA comments on a USDA proposal to reduce the WIC program’s reliance on juice as a nutrient delivery method. (PDF)
Tobacco use is causally associated with higher rates of tooth decay, receding gums, periodontal disease, mucosal lesions, bone damage, tooth loss, jaw bone loss and more. That is why the ADA is working with dentists, educators, public health officials, lawmakers and the public to prevent and, hopefully, eliminate the use of all tobacco products.
While the oral health effects of vaping are not fully studied, there is some evidence that vaping increases the likelihood that tobacco users will not be able to quit. There have also been anecdotal reports of orofacial damage when these devices have suddenly overheated, sometimes to the point of exploding.
Aside from the intended use of FDA-approved nicotine cessation products, the ADA discourages the use of all nicotine products made or derived from tobacco.
July 16, 2021—Coalition letter expressing support for S. 1314, the Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2021, which would increase the federal excise tax on cigarettes and establish a federal tax on vaping products. (PDF)
March 17, 2021—Coalition letter expressing support for H.R. 2125, the Quit Because of COVID-19 Act, which would enhance Medicaid coverage for tobacco cessation services until two years after the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration ends. (PDF)
September 12, 2022—Coalition Letter in support of FDA issuing a proposed rule to reduce the nicotine levels in cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products to minimally or non-addictive levels. (PDF)
The American Dental Association creates evidence-based resources for providers and the public to promote oral disease prevention.
July 5, 2023—ADA and AAPD comments to HRSA in response to their information collection request on Title V maternal and child health grants. The information collection request included a proposal to change the oral health national performance measure to a state performance measure, which would deprioritize oral health for mothers and children. (PDF)