American Dental Association Comments on Healthy People 2030 Objectives

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently suggested six additional objectives related to oral health to the advisory committee overseeing the development of the Healthy People 2030 initiative. In a Jan. 17 letter sent to the U.S. Health and Human Service’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the ADA recommended adding objectives designed to:

  • Reduce the oral cancer death rate
  • Reduce the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer
  • Increase the number of community-based organizations providing population-based primary preventive dental services
  • Increase the proportion of children who have access to a dental home
  • Increase the proportion of older adults in long-term care facilities who have access to regular oral health assessments and treatment
  • Reduce the number of emergency department visits for dental pain

The ADA also suggested retaining four Healthy People 2020 objectives, which include:

  • Increasing the number of dentists with geriatric certification
  • Increasing tobacco screenings in dental care settings
  • Increasing tobacco cessation counseling in dental care settings
  • Increasing the proportion of individuals with diagnosed diabetes to have at least one annual dental examination

Read more about the Healthy 2030 initiative at https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/About-Healthy-People/Development-Healthy-People-2030

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