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Advocating for Older Adults

On Sept. 11, OHA and Oral Healthcare Can't Wait, an initiative of the Dental Trade Alliance, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill, "A State of Decay: Coming of Age Without Oral Healthcare," to bring attention to the dire situation currently facing older Americans when it comes to oral health. Learn about the oral health leaders who attended this important event and how OHA board members used their time in Washington to advocate for oral health.

Spread Your Smiles for Smiles Across America

OHA has teamed up with Listerine® Whitening® Brand and Sloane Stephens to bring healthy smiles to kids across the country and you can help. Just tweet a smiley face-- :) --with the hashtag #HealthSmiles and Listerine® Whitening® will donate $2 to Smiles Across America® (SAA). Or visit Listerine's Facebook page and "like" one of the company's posts about the campaign. The campaign ends Sept. 20 and we're just over 5,000 likes and tweets away from $35,000 for SAA, so take a minute to help us get to our goal!

Creating an Inter-Professional Dialogue

To encourage a continued dialogue among dental and medical professionals who regularly work with older adults, OHA is hosting the upcoming symposium, "Collaborative Health Care for Older Adults: A Symposium for Creating Inter-Professional Community Models." We are looking for participants who represent health, aging, or oral health organizations, have an interest in oral health as it relates to older adults, and feel they have something to contribute on the topic. Interested in attending? Learn more about the symposium here.

Smiles for Another School Year

Another school year has begun, which means another year of supporting kids' smiles through Smiles Across America® (SAA). Our SAA grantees provide preventative and restorative dental care to thousands of kids throughout the country in school-based and school-linked settings. Find out what worthy programs received SAA grants for the 2013/2014 school year.

Teaching Americans the Importance of Oral Health

OHA staff members are at the 9th Annual American Association of Dental Office Managers Conference in Orlando right now, spreading the word about OHA's programs and campaigns, including Fall for Smiles®. Thanks to the AADOM's generous support of Fall for Smiles, we've put together a booklet full of fun activities that teach kids about the importance of oral health. From experiments to crafts to demonstrations, download the entire booklet here. Also, make sure to stop by the OHA booth at the AADOM conference!

Click here for a list of donors who gave a gift to Oral Health America between August 21, 2013 and September 17, 2013. If your name should have been included, please contact Brad McLaughlin, Development Director, at or 312-836-9900.

From the President & CEO: Connecting with the Issues

To continue the dialogue about the dire situation of older adults and oral health in this country, OHA attended the Florida Council on Aging's annual conference last month. In addition to speaking about the Wisdom Tooth Project and OHA's work for older adults, we were able to connect with local leaders on aging. Thank you to Oral Health Florida for sponsoring the workshop at the Florida Council on Aging conference for this excellent opportunity to continue our work for older adults.
Beth Truett
President & CEO

Get Involved in Fall for Smiles

The Fall for Smiles® campaign is in full swing, kicking off with the release of our public opinion survey results and continuing with a webinar about all the materials available on the campaign webpage. If you missed out on the webinar, watch it here.

The OHA Story

Want to learn more about OHA's programs and campaigns? Our 2012 Annual Report website gives a great snapshot of the wonderful work OHA did last year thanks to your support. Read the stories, look at the photos, and watch the videos that tell our story here.

In the News

Digital Journal and Dr. Bicuspid covered the launch of Fall for Smiles® and the release of our public opinion survey results.

PRLeap featured a press release about a Facebook donation campaign launched by Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions that benefits OHA.

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