Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 04 May 2011 13:16
Washington, D.C., May 3, 2011—"We cannot 'drill and fill' our way out of dental disease," said Dr. Matthew Neary, chairman of the American Dental Association's (ADA) Council on Government Affairs, speaking before members of the House of Representatives today. "But we can prevent it—which is a more cost-efficient and a better way of reducing oral disease."
Dr. Neary told lawmakers that the Indian Health Service's Early Childhood Caries Initiative, a program designed to determine the level of disease as well as the best prevention methods, must receive adequate funding if it is to continue its valuable work. Dr. Neary asked that Congress accept the Administration's request to increase the program's funding by $726,000.