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Statement by American Dental Association President William R. Calnon, DDS, on the Report 'Oral Health Quality Improvement in the Era of Accountability'

January 26, 2012

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"Representatives from the ADA and other oral health advocates and stakeholders from around the nation gathered at a conference in Washington, D.C., yesterday to examine how such factors as costs, technology, delivery systems and dental practice operations affect the quality of oral health and oral health care in America. The conference and the report issued in connection with it are positive signs of the increasing recognition of the importance of oral health to overall health and well-being. The conference brought together elements of the dental profession, other health professions, the educational community, private industry and the charitable sector to bring their varied and formidable expertise to bear on breaking down the barriers that impede too many Americans from achieving optimal oral health.

"The ADA supports efforts, untainted by political agendas, to bring more people into a system that already provides the majority of Americans with the best oral health care in the world. The ADA remains committed to working with all interested parties toward controlling costs, maximizing information technology, promoting evidence-based dentistry and other means of enhancing this system. Our Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry provides dentists with guidance in making clinical decisions. We convened and have led the Dental Quality Alliance to advance performance measurement as a means of improving oral health, patient care and safety. We share the conference participants’ goal of improving the oral health of all Americans through education, prevention and care. And our bottom line remains enabling good oral health through the delivery of high quality, safe and effective clinical services to patients.

"Discussions that bring together more individuals and organizations and their relative expertise can only further our common goal of a healthier, more productive nation."

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The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 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 monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website