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House Military Appropriations Bill Includes Dental Research Funds at 2014 Levels

June 24, 2014

The House Appropriations Committee last week passed its fiscal year 2015 defense appropriations legislation, allocating $570 billion in funding. The bill includes $6 million in military dental research, the same level of funding as fiscal year 2014. The ADA had urged the Committee to include dental research funding.  The bill will next go to the House floor for further consideration.

This money is used for a number of purposes, including research for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of craniofacial trauma and infectious oral diseases. The research is particularly critical because much of it is not duplicated by any other federal dental program. As part of their research to prevent oral disease among the troops, investigators at the Army’s Battlefield Health and Trauma Research Institute in San Antonio recently started a clinical trial on a chewing gum, nicknamed “combat gum,” that helps reduce and eliminate plaque.