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Dentists, dental students advocate together

April 15, 2019
Photo of Dr. Cole speaking at Lobby Day
Advocating for the profession: ADA President Jeffrey M. Cole welcomes dentists and students to the third annual ADA Dentist Student Lobby Day. At bottom, students and dentists from the Michigan delegation celebrate the Tooth Party.
Group photo of students and dentists from the Michigan delegation 
Washington — The ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day kicked off April 14 in the nation's capital. More than 1,100 dentists, dental students, state association staff and other dental leaders gathered to advocate for the profession and patients.

This is the third year the ADA and American Student Dental Association have collaborated on the event, which runs until Tuesday.

"Each year, the work that you do affects over 24,000 dental students and affects over 200,000 of our dentist colleagues," said ADA President Jeffrey M. Cole in opening remarks. "Most impressively, it affects hundreds of millions of patients. That's why it's so important and critical that you have all gathered here and come to Washington."

Monday's sessions included an issues review on all the topics attendees would be presenting the following day during their visits to Capitol Hill:  McCarran-Ferguson reform, which would empower the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to enforce the full range of federal antitrust laws against health insurance companies; higher education and student loan debt; and the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act, which would ensure that children suffering from congenital anomalies and birth defects would receive the treatments they need. In addition, the participants watched a video and skit of a typical congressional visit.

Follow all Lobby Day activities on social media using the conference's official hashtag, #ToothParty. Stay tuned to ADA News for continuing coverage of Lobby Day.