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Event on Capitol Hill Focuses on the Growing Need for Oral Health for Older Adults
Date:9/13/2013

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 13, 2013

To celebrate the launch of the annual Fall for Smiles® campaign and bring attention to the country's lack of oral health care resources for older adults, Oral Health America (OHA) and Oral Healthcare Can't Wait, an initiative of the Dental Trade Alliance, hosted a briefing entitled "A State of Decay: Coming of Age Without Oral Healthcare" on Capitol Hill on Sept. 11. The event honored Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for his work in addressing oral health disparities across the country.

“I am deeply honored by Oral Health America’s recognition of my work to ensure that all Americans have access to quality dental care,” Congressman Cummings said. “I commend Oral Health America for its leadership in fighting for underserved communities and for effectively raising the profile of oral healthcare. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made. We are in the process of removing many of the cultural, educational, and institutional barriers to care, but there is much to be done. My commitment to oral health remains strong and I look forward to our continued work together to strengthen our nation’s oral healthcare system.”

"This day on Capitol Hill is invaluable for us as an organization to come together with policy makers and leaders in the dental industry to bring attention to the importance of oral health on a national level," said OHA President and CEO Beth Truett. "Our country's older adult population is growing exponentially and is facing difficulties in accessing oral health care in addition to more complicated oral health issues as they age. According to our recent survey, 35 percent of low-income

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