Enid Dentist Testified Before Lawmakers

Posted on 05/24/2018

Dr. Tim Fagan, chair of the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention and pediatric dentist, testified on April 26 before the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee to request oral health funding for fiscal year 2019. The ADA requested $20 million for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Oral Health and $24 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration's pediatric and general dental residencies.

During his testimony, Dr. Fagan urged lawmakers to prioritize oral health when allocating funds for federal programs noting that tooth decay or dental caries, remains the most common chronic childhood disease. He shared the improvements made as a result of the CDC's and HRSA's investments including community water fluoridation, school-based programs such as dental sealants and Title VII oral health residency training. While these programs are helping, they cannot succeed without additional funding to reach underserved areas in need of dental care.