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Oral Health in the News

Established in 1859, the American Dental Association (ADA) is the premier source of information and advocacy directed at improving the practice of dentistry and the oral health of the American public. This page serves as a quick reference to the following oral health issues, which are most likely of interest to the public, the press, and policymakers: 















For More Information

Additional information on these and many other issues is available by searching (for dental professionals) or (for the public) or by linking directly to the following sites:

ADA Press Room
Information and resources for members of the news media, including ADA news releases and press kits. 

Advocacy Issues A-Z
ADA efforts related to state and federal legislation and regulatory actions affecting dentists and dental practice. 

Center for Evidence Based Dentistry (EBD)
On-demand access to systematic reviews, critical summaries, and clinical recommendations that translate the latest scholarly findings into user-friendly formats.

Ethics Resources
Resources to enhance the appropriate application of ethical principles and professional standards in the practice of dentistry.
Health Policy Institute
Resources to inform policymakers, health care advocates, and providers on topics relevant to the U.S. dental care system.  These include health policy reform, access to dental care, the dental workforce, dental care utilization and benefits, dental education, and oral health outcomes.

Consumer-friendly information to help people achieve healthy smiles, including dental products that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance and ADA’s Find A Dentist tool. 

Oral Health Topics
Timely, clinically relevant, evidence-based scientific reviews on myriad issues affecting dental practice.

Seal of Acceptance Program
A consumer product with the ADA Seal of Acceptance means the company has demonstrated that the product is both safe and effective.  Products only receive the Seal after the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs conducts an extensive review of data from clinical and/or laboratory studies.  When dentists recommend products that have earned the ADA Seal to their patients, both parties can be assured that the company has substantiated its claims of safety and efficacy.