Education & Careers
Careers in Public Health
As the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 185,000 registered dental hygienists nationwide, the American Dental Hygienists' Association is actively involved in the conversation regarding public health policies and programs in America. Major functions of public health have been defined.
ADHA recognizes the unmet needs of groups such as low-income children, pregnant women, elders, and persons who are developmentally, physically, mentally or medically compromised. ADHA advocates for the inclusion of oral health content in existing programs to prevent disease, promote health, and solve health problems among these populations.
ADHA also advocates the following:
- Development of community-based comprehensive oral health programs
- Community water fluoridation and school-based dental sealant programs
- Incorporation of oral health in all aspects of coordinated school health programs in schools, including school-based or school-linked dental sealant programs for children most at risk for untreated dental decay
- Adequate funding for prevention and treatment programs designed to improve oral health among underserved sectors of the population
- Use of dental hygienists in community health programming
- A national health program that guarantees financial support for primary preventive and therapeutic oral health services
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