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ADA Health Literacy Essay Contest for Third Year Dental Students at Participating Dental Schools

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The ADA sponsored its first pilot health literacy writing contest for dental students in 2015 per the suggestion of Dr. Sorin Teich, Associate Professor, Department of Comprehensive Care and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. The Ohio Dental Association also collaborated on the initiative. The winning essay, Diabetes and Your Smile is posted on In 2016 the pilot contest was expanded to include seven dental schools that represent the regions of the U.S. The topic for the 2016 contest was The Truth About Sugary Drinks and Your Smile which is also posted on The topic for the 2017 contest is, “Important Things You Should Know about Baby Teeth. The 2017 contest has been expanded to include 17 participating schools including, Case Western Reserve University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of California in Los Angeles, University of Texas at San Antonio, Tufts University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Nova South Eastern University, Stony Brook University, Temple University, Meharry Medical College, Midwestern University Illinois, Marquette University, University of Iowa, University of Washington, University of Oklahoma, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and University of Florida.

Official Rules 

For additional information, please contact

Sharee Clough, RDH, MS Ed
Manager, Preventive Health Activities
Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention