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ADA, ADEA, AAPD, AADR urge Congress to support oral health programs

The ADA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Education Association and American Association for Dental Research are asking leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to fund oral health programs at the highest amount possible in the 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

In a joint Dec. 3 letter, the four organizations urged the legislators to increase funding in 2021 for initiatives important to dentistry and the nation's oral health.

“Greater investments in access to quality dental care, dental training, oral health education, disease prevention and dental research lead to improved oral health outcomes,” they wrote. “The modest programmatic increases we are requesting, together with the continuation of programs, will help reach the goal of ensuring optimal oral health for all Americans.”