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ADHA Media Contact:
Robert Callahan

ADHA Announces Partnership with Text 2 Floss

Mobile technology brings information directly to consumer

BOSTON - June 19, 2013- The American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Text 2 Floss Program announced a new partnership today at the opening plenary session of ADHA’s Center for Lifelong Learning at the 90th Annual Session.

Text 2 Floss is an initiative of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH). It is intended to provide patients with a unique and innovative way to receive information about oral health and dental hygiene. ADHA, celebrating the centennial anniversary of the dental hygiene profession, is proud to support an initiative that will allow dental hygienists to stay connected to their patients and remind them of their oral health recommendations through texting technology.

“The Text 2 Floss partnership is one way ADHA is using collaborative partnerships to advance oral health and the dental hygiene profession" said Ann Battrell, MSDH, ADHA executive director.

“ADHA is committed to making sure that our patients have the most complete and up-to date information on how to take care of their oral health,” said ADHA President Susan Savage, RDH, BSDH. “This program provides a much-needed service in a format that millions of Americans have easy access to: their cell phones.”

Text2Floss is a one-week interactive educational tool meant to help people develop positive oral hygiene habits through the use of mobile technology. Currently available as a standard text-message service (by sending “text2floss” to 878787), ATSU-ASDOH revealed this week that they have begun developing a mobile app for the iPhone, which will forge a link between patient records and the text messaging service.

“The partnership with ADHA will allow the Text 2 Floss program to bring this innovative platform to more people so they can practice healthy oral habits,” said Tony Hashemian, DDS, Text2Floss founder and director, assistant dean, Global Oral Health at ATSU-ASDOH. “We are excited and grateful that we have ADHA as a partner.”

About the American Dental Hygienists’ Association

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of more than 150,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. For more information about ADHA, dental hygiene or the link between oral health and general health, visit ADHA at