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Dentists, dental students advocate together in Washington

ADA, American Student Dental Association host first in-person Lobby Day since 2019

Washington — “We are always at our strongest when we come together — united in shared passion and purpose and in our advocacy.”

ADA President Cesar R. Sabates, D.D.S., was all smiles at the podium at the Washington Hilton March 21 as he welcomed dentists and dental students to the first in-person ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day since 2019.

“Your work here matters,” Dr. Sabates said. “Think about those you hope to inspire. Think about those you hope to serve. And those whose lives will change for the better tomorrow — because you are here today.”

More than 400 dentists and dental students gathered for the ADA’s and American Student Dental Association’s signature advocacy event. Over a three-day period, attendees discussed a range of advocacy items and the best way to advocate for those issues with lawmakers.

“Today we are here to learn more about the issues and how to meet with members of Congress,” said Justina Anigbo, ASDA president and third-year dental student at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. “We want you to be able to tell your story and why these issues are important to you.”

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