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Surgeon General Endorses Community Water Fluoridation

2015 Marks 70 Years of Community Water Fluoridation in the United States

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Dental Association (ADA) applauds U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., and his endorsement today of community water fluoridation. "Fluoride's effectiveness in preventing tooth decay extends throughout one's life," he said, "resulting in fewer – and less severe – cavities."

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ADA Health Policy Institute Releases Comprehensive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Oral Health Care System

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The American Dental Association Health Policy Institute (HPI) today published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report, "The Oral Health Care System: A State-by-State Analysis." The report includes data on all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the nation as a whole.

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Global Oral Health Symposium Set for April 7, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, California – The sixth annual UCSF School of Dentistry Global Oral Health Symposium will take place Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the UCSF Parnassus campus. This year's theme will be Oral Health Inequalities: From Measurement to Action.

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California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) Secures $1.25M Grant to Promote Hea

SACRAMENTO, California – The California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) has secured a $1.25m award ($250,000 per year over the next five-years) from the Indian Health Service’s Dental Preventive and Clinical Support Centers (DSC) to promote better oral health among the native peoples of California.

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Rep. Kelly Releases Landmark Report on Health Disparities, Including ADA-Authored Chapter on Oral Health

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Health Braintrust today released the 2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America, which examines the causes and impact of health disparities among minorities. Compiled by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, who chairs the CBC Health Braintrust, the report includes a comprehensive set of legislative and policy recommendations to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes nationwide.

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Study Suggests Fluoride in Water May Be Linked to Lower IQ in Children

NEW YORK, New York – Exposure to fluoride may lower children's intelligence says a study pre-published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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Thetford Supports Arizona's Community Dental Foundation

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The Community Dental Foundation in Arizona provides mobile dental services to underserved children without insurance. With more children in need daily, Community Dental has added another mobile clinic with three operatory rooms Ð and Thetford Corporation and Norcold, Inc. recently donated two AC/DC DE-0051 refrigerators and a Porta Potti 365 portable toilet for the new mobile clinic.

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Philadelphia Dentist Contributes to International Dental Program in Jamaica

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Some of the dental staff from Advanced Dental Esthestics of Ambler, Colmar, and Hatboro recently traveled to Jamaica to contribute to a charity focusing on dental health. The dental staff visited 3 different locations in Jamaica to hold free dental clinics for people in need.

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Supports Efforts in Five States to Add Dental Therapists Programs

BATTLE CREEK, Michigan – As a pioneering program in Alaska attracts attention for bringing sorely needed dental care to underserved communities, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation today announced that it will support efforts in five states to pursue a similar model, using dental therapists as part of an expanded dental team to end severe dental care shortages across the U.S. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation will invest more than $16 million by 2014 in the Dental Therapist Project, which includes efforts in Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Vermont and Washington, as part of a larger effort to build awareness of oral health access issues and bring quality dental care to every community.

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Statement by ADA President Raymond Gist, DDS, on WK Kellogg Foundation Dental Health Aide Therapist Program

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – "The ADA welcomes the Kellogg Foundation to the fight to improve the oral health of the millions who suffer from its lack. Unfortunately, the foundation's recent efforts to address this complex issue focus exclusively on expanding a single provider model, the controversial Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist. The limited research evaluation conducted by Kellogg did not provide the robust examination or projectable metrics on which to base such important policy and public health decisions.

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