Prevention and education

See how the ADA is preventing oral disease through education and community-based interventions.
Fluoridation advocacy

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.

Federal agencies

October 16, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging the National Academies to address several concerns when peer reviewing the second draft of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Monograph on Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Health.

November 19, 2019—Letter (PDF) urging the National Academies to address several concerns when peer reviewing the first draft of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Monograph on Fluoride Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Cognitive Health.

October 11, 2018—Comments (PDF) in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) proposed guidance for the operational control range for optimal fluoride concentration in municipal water systems.

Diet and nutrition

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.

Federal agencies

December 15, 2018—Comments (PDF) on the draft Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research.

Tobacco use and vaping

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 approved nicotine cessation products, the ADA discourages the use of all nicotine products made or derived from tobacco.

In Congress

July 16, 2021—Coalition letter (PDF) 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.

June 30, 2021—Coalition letter (PDF) urging House appropriators to reject any amendments to weaken FDA's authority to regulate cigars or any other tobacco products.

June 7, 2021—Coalition letter (PDF) expressing support for H.R. 3883, which would make Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities fully smoke-free.

June 7, 2021—Coalition letter (PDF) expressing support for S. 2043, which would make Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities fully smoke-free.

March 17, 2021—Coalition letter (PDF) 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.

Federal agencies

November 9, 2020—Coalition letter (PDF) urging the FDA to proceed with its rule characterizing menthol as an added flavor in tobacco products.

October 15, 2019—Coalition comments (PDF) on a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule governing the health warnings and color images required on cigarette packages and advertisements.

September 24, 2019—Coalition letter (PDF) supporting the White House proposal to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market.