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Dentists, dental students advocate together

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."