American Dental Association Comments on Healthy People 2030 Objectives

Healthy People documentThe American Dental Association (ADA) has suggested six additional oral health objectives to the committee overseeing development of the federal Healthy People 2030 initiative. In a 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 organizations providing population-based primary preventive dental services
  • Increase the proportion of children with 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 reasons

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

  • Increasing the number of dentists with geriatric certification
  • Increasing tobacco screenings by oral health professionals
  • Increasing tobacco cessation counseling in dental settings
  • Increasing the proportion of individuals with diagnosed diabetes that has a dental examination at least annually

Input regarding the 2030 initiative is designed to increase awareness of the importance of oral health to systemic health, and the value of collaborative care among dental and medical providers.

From Decisions in Dentistry. March 2019;5(3):8.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Can Neem Treat Gum Disease?

In the Middle East and Asia, especially the subcontinent of India,...

Study Examines Risk for ONJ in Cancer Patients Who Take Bone-Modifying Agents

An investigation by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer...

Rodrigo Neiva, DDS, MS, Named Chairman of Penn Dental Medicine’s Department of Periodontics

Penn Dental Medicine has appointed Rodrigo Neiva, DDS, MS, as professor...

TRANSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY NAMES INTERIM PRESIDENT

Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky,  has appointed John Norton Williams Jr., DMD, MBA,...

INBRACE
INBRACE Smartwires

INBRACE’s Smartwire system features a design tailored to each
 patient’s unique...

A-dec 500
A-dec Introduces the New A-dec 500

Focused on creating a superior doctor and patient experience, the new...

VALO Corded Curing Light
Ultradent Launches VALO™ Grand Corded Curing Light

Ultradent is pleased to announce the newest addition to its award-winning,...

360 Coverage Pros Launches Dentist Professional Liability Program

360 Coverage Pros to offer new insurance option in rapidly changing...