Oral Health Advocacy

We believe all Americans should have equal opportunity to achieve good oral and overall health throughout their lives.

This is Oral Health America's guiding principle in our advocacy efforts and within our policy priorities. We support this belief by:

  • Building and strengthening partnerships with other organizations that share our priorities
  • Supporting oral health advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal level
  • Educating the public about the importance of good oral health policy & providing actionable ways to advocate for it
  • Leading research efforts to identify oral health issues that may be addressed through advocacy work

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

Our Advocacy Efforts

OHA advocates for policies that promote health equity, such as the inclusion of a dental benefit in Medicare. As a leader of this initiative, OHA convenes diverse stakeholders to participate on working groups and in conferences to create a viable path for moving forward.
Read about our efforts →

OHA Advocacy Week is an opportunity to collaborate with partners and advocates to raise awareness about the most pressing issues in oral health. Advocacy Week activities make it easy to participate on the Hill or online.
Learn about Advocacy Week →

Oral Health America’s Campaign for Oral Health Equity is centered on advocating for policies that improve oral health across the lifespan.
See how you can participate →

Research & Reports

Oral Health America leads research efforts that identify oral health issues and opportunities for advocacy work, as well as providing evidence for needed policy change.

A State of Decay

A State of Decay is a state-by-state report of the oral health of the country’s 65+ population and the success or failure of states to address those needs.

Read the Report

Public Opinion Poll

Each year Oral Health America (OHA) conducts a public opinion poll to better understand consumers’ oral health habits, experiences, needs and wants.

See Poll Results

Infographic: The Status of Older Adult Oral Health

This infographic summarizes recent studies on the status of the oral health for Americans age 65+ and makes the case for why a dental benefit in Medicare is needed.

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Infographic: Preferences in Medicare Dental

OHA and the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) have released an infographic summarizing the preferences of adults aged 50+ for adding dental coverage as a benefit in Medicare.

See Study Results

Support Oral Health America's Advocacy Work

Is your organization interested in sponsoring Advocacy Efforts at Oral Health America? Contact us at [email protected] or (312) 836-9900 to learn about available opportunities.