ADA applauds senators for support of CDC Division of Oral Health

The ADA thanked two members of the U.S. Senate for introducing S 3597, the Promoting Dental Health Act, which would reauthorize the oral health promotion and disease prevention activities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through 2028.

ADA President Linda J. Edgar, D.D.S., and ADA Executive Director Ray A. Cohlmia, D.D.S., offered ”enthusiastic support” in the Feb. 5 letter, addressed to Sen. Richard Durbin, D-IL, and Sen. Roger Marshall, R-KS.

“The CDC Division of Oral Health administers the federal government’s most critical dental public health activities to prevent cavities, gum disease and other painful and serious conditions,” Drs. Edgar and Cohlmia wrote. “Among other things, it provides vital support for state and territorial health departments to monitor oral disease across populations and implement evidence-based oral health interventions.”

The ADA leaders noted that over the years, the CDC Division of Oral Health has helped health departments develop, maintain and upgrade their community water fluoridation systems and dental sealant programs benefitting low-income children.

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