Oral Health America

180 Michigan Avenue
Chicago IL 60601

Oral Health America’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy, and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans. Today, Oral Health America is a part of Authority Dental.

Oral Health America history and programs Oral Heath America was founded in 1955 as “America’s Fund for Dental Education,” a supporting organization of the American Dental Association (ADA), to raise funds for dental education and research. In 1994, the fund reorganized as Oral Health America, an independent non-profit organization, and embarked on a course to represent the oral health needs of the American public.

After the release in 2000, of the first ever U.S. Surgeon General’s report on oral health in America, OHA redoubled its efforts to raise public awareness of oral health’s importance to overall health.

Throughout the entire period of operation, Oral Health America actively implemented programs to raise awareness of oral health importance. After the release in 2000, of the first ever U.S. Surgeon General’s report on oral health in America, OHA even redoubled its efforts. They strongly believe that awareness of the problem is the first step to solving it.

Oral Health America also ran the Campaign for Oral Health Equity, where they engaged the public through multi-faceted communications strategies and encouraged Americans to speak up and prioritize mouth health alongside other health considerations in improving the nation’s health.

This campaign was directly connected with the Fall for Smiles action, which educated Americans about healthy food choices, avoiding tobacco, brushing and flossing twice daily, and visiting a dental professional at least twice a year.

Still, these are only a small percentage of the organization’s efforts. Oral Health America had a huge impact on spreading knowledge about oral health’s importance nationally, and even worldwide.

Oral Health America is now Authority Dental Authority Dental is proudly continuing Oral Health America’s mission to educate American families about the importance of dental health.

Started in 2015, Authority Dental is one of the fastest-growing dentistry websites in the United States, reaching millions of people every year. We are famous for creating the most trusted dental content on the Internet. All information on our website is verified by multiple dentists for medical accuracy.

Just like OHA, we believe all Americans should have equal opportunity to achieve good oral and overall health throughout their lives. We are commited to providing easy access to verified dental information and connecting senior patients with affordable dentists.

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Oral Health America (abbreviated OHA) was a national 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization established in 1955 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. OHA connects communities with resources to increase access to care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable.

OHA has currently ceased, and does not intend to renew, active operations.

Smiles Across America: Founded by Oral Health America in 2004, Smiles Across America is a nationwide campaign to coordinate schools, governments, care providers, and corporate and community sponsors to fight against tooth decay. The program incorporates disease prevention and health promotion services and community organizing to create successful models for school-based or school-linked care.

Smiles Across America has provided more than $1.5 million in grant support to 15 programs operating in 47 communities in Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois, Nevada, Minnesota, Maryland, Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Through Smiles Across America, Oral Health America is a partner of America’s Promise, an organization founded by Colin and Alma Powell to improve the lives of children. Oral Health America committed and succeeded in sealing 1 million teeth by 2010. Smiles Across America recently renewed its commitment to seal an additional 2 million teeth by 2020.

Medical Dental Dialogues: In 2008, the program's topic was the relationship between periodontal disease and systemic health. In 2009, the symposium focused on collaborative health care for older adults In May 2011, the symposium will be named "Collaborative Health Care for Diabetes: A Symposium for Creating a Medical-Dental Dialogue Among Health Care Professionals."

NSTEP (National Spit Tobacco Education Program): NSTEP encourages young baseball players to talk to their coaches and parents about tobacco addiction and the health risks of using tobacco products, including spit and smokeless tobacco.

Each year, the NSTEP works with Little League Baseball and Softball to educate families about the risks of spit tobacco use, including oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, and nicotine addiction. During the 10-Day Little League Baseball World Series, NSTEP provides tobacco and health education to baseball players and their families.

Campaign for Oral Health Equity: Oral Health America's advocacy centers on bringing oral health care to people in need; in 2009, the organization worked with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Dental Health Foundation, National Consumers League, Institute for Oral Health, and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) to implore lawmakers to include oral health provisions in health reform legislation. On October 20, 2009, Oral Health America joined 140 organizations in supporting an advertisement in Roll Call (newspaper).

Wisdom Tooth Project: The Wisdom Tooth Project is Oral Health America's newest program and will employ educational and communications initiatives to inform the public of oral health's crucial link to overall health and bring care to older adults in need.

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