Oral Health Awareness

In addition to our work on industry issues, DTA is constantly striving to improve the access to oral health care throughout the United States.

Recently, the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation (DTAF) awarded $189,500 in grants to provide funding for innovative oral health programs aimed at encouraging changes in consumer behavior, improving access and enhancing the efficiency of the oral health care system. Find out more about the recipients here.

The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation also awarded four $5,000 dental student scholarships in 2013.  These scholarships are meant to recognize and provide financial support to third or fourth year dental students who have demonstrated academic excellence in dentistry, financial need and a commitment to community service.   The list of recipients and their biographies can be found here.

The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation has opened its grant process for 2013.  This year, the DTA Foundation intends to award $175,000 in grant funding.  Each proposal that is accepted will be funded up to a maximum of $25,000.  In addition, the DTAF has joined with the Dental Lifeline Network to provide one $25,000 grant to fund a project specifically aimed at improving the oral health of individuals with disabilities, those who are elderly or medically at-risk patients.  For more information, visit the DTAF website.

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Because of your donations to the DTA Foundation, residents at long-term care facilities will better understand the importance of oral health care and receive improved dental care.

The American Medical Directors Association is using a DTA Foundation grant to create an Oral Health for Long-Term Care Residents Toolkit to educate residents and help staff at long-term care facilities create a comprehensive oral health program. This program will include an oral health champion, formalized policies and procedures about residents’ oral health self-care, screening procedures and routinized referral mechanisms.

Read the full article on the DTAF website

No senior should have to suffer the pain of oral health problems when that discomfort can be minimized or eliminated. Motivated by that belief, registered dental hygienist Michelle Vacha founded Senior Mobile Dental in Colorado to serve seniors in their homes and gathering spots.

Read the full article on the DTAF Website

Thanks, in part, to a $25,000 DTA Foundation Grant, Kids Smiles is partnering with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to provide oral health education at the soon-to-be-built medical facility, which is anticipated to serve 3,500 children each month.

A skilled community educator will be available at the hospital’s waiting room and will use award-winning curriculum to teach children of all ages and their families about oral health care with lessons that are age-appropriate and culturally sensitive.

Read the full article on the DTAF website

UPDATE: The FNIDCR Industry Roundtable was a great success. Click here to view a brief summary of what was discussed.

The Dental Trade Alliance is proud to announce that it will sponsor the industry roundtable, a new feature at the Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research 2012 Annual Conference Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C.

“The goal (of the roundtable) is to drive awareness amongst the oral health community of the role that industry plays in the success of Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs), by sharing our participants’ viewpoints and focus on challenges and opportunities in translational research,” said NIDCR Industry Roundtable Chair Dr. J. Leslie Winston, global oral care professional and scientific relations director at Procter and Gamble Company.

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On September 12, 2012, OHA and Oral Healthcare Can't Wait®, an initiative of the Dental Trade Alliance, hosted a Fall for Smiles Event on Capitol Hill.  Oral Health America’s Board Chairman, Dr. Keith Suchy, and Dental Trade Alliance’s President and CEO, Gary Price, honored U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for his leadership and work on dental health policy.

The Procter and Gamble Company sponsored this year’s program to examine the critical topic of investing in families by strengthening oral health policy. The event addressed the impact of our nation's economy on the overall health and well-being of American families, and celebrated individuals and partnerships that are making a difference.

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A study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that nearly every state experienced a decline in the number insured and uninsured able to access basic health care services.  Nearly half of all uninsured had unmet medical needs due to cost compared to 11% of the insured.  Dental visits, in particular, decreased by nearly 4% among the insured and 9% among the uninsured. 

The full text of the report can be accessed at the RWJ Foundation website.

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The New York Times reports that dentists are seeing an increase in the number of preschoolers with cavities.  While socioeconomic factors often play a role in the condition of children's oral health, the article suggests that lack of awareness about when to start brushing their children's teeth is to blame.

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The Florida Public Heath Institute recently released a report analyzing oral health emergency room spending in Florida. The institute found that hospital emergency room dental care visits have increased dramatically.

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