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ODA Advocacy


The ODA's advocacy program is directed through the Government Relations Council  in affiliation with DOPAC, ODA's political action committee. The House of Delegates establishes policy on issues, while the WSDA Board of Directors provides interpretation of these policies. The Committee on Government Affairs guides development of the ODA's legislative agenda and response to legislation.

The Government Relations Council applies the below core principles with the existing political climate of the Legislature, to determine its advocacy strategy:

  • It is in the best health and safety interest of the public at large and dental providers
  • It maintains and protects the dentist as the head of the dental team
  • It is cost effective for the public
  • It addresses access to care barriers for those in need of dental services while providing adequate reimbursement to the provider



Breaking Down Barriers - Access to Oral Health

Most Americans have access to the best oral health care in the world and, as a result, enjoy excellent oral health. But tens of millions still do not, owing to such factors as poverty, geography, lack of oral health education, language or cultural barriers, fear of dental care and the belief that people who are not in pain do not need dental care.

The ADA believes that all Americans deserve good oral health. We are committed to helping dentists, with their teams of allied personnel, provide the best level of care to all Americans who seek it; to increasing the prevalence of oral health literacy, which both prevents disease and educates the public as to how:

  • to get healthy and, more important, how to stay healthy;
  • to ensuring that when care is needed it is provided; and
  • to helping government and the private sector work together to end what former Surgeon General David Satcher famously called a “silent epidemic” of untreated oral disease.

Breaking Down Barriers to Oral Health for All Americans: The Role of Finance (PDF/1.7MB)Download the ADA Series of Papers:

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