Take Action NOW and Tell Congress to Prioritize Oral Health Literacy
As Congress considers replacement legislation for the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers need to hear from organized dentistry about the important role oral health literacy plays in achieving good oral health and overall health.

The importance of prevention in the form of oral health literacy is often overlooked, much to the detriment of our nation's oral health needs. Oral disease left untreated can result in pain, disfigurement, loss of school and work days, nutrition problems, expensive emergency room use for preventable dental conditions, and even death. The good news is that the vast majority of oral health ailments can be avoided by increasing oral health literacy and awareness, with a special emphasis on children to ensure they develop and maintain healthy habits into adulthood. 

Unfortunately, fewer people are receiving regular oral health care now than in 2007, according to a midterm progress report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) detailing the status of its Healthy People 2020 initiative.

It is clear that oral health and oral health literacy do not receive the attention they deserve and that more needs to be done at all levels to educate the public about the importance of maintaining good oral health.

The AGD urges you to take action now - contact your lawmakers and tell them to prioritize oral health literacy today!
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