DTA actively represents the interests of dental companies in public policy and continues to expand its influence both in our community and in Washington. In addition to our continued fight to repeal the medical device tax and modify the Physicians Payment Sunshine Act, DTA is carrying the message that there is a demonstrated return on investment for oral health coverage. Oral health is linked to overall health and there is growing evidence that providing oral health coverage can save on medical costs. The dental community continues to promote good oral health through The Ad Council oral health awareness campaign with DTA members leading the way. The Childrens’ Healthy Mouths campaign promotes brushing for two minutes, twice a day. www.2min2x.org. The message is simple and has been heard throughout North America through PSAs.
Making a difference in Washington takes patience. It is essential to keep our message before policy-makers.