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In order to reduce the growing problem of tooth decay in the U.S., the American Dental Association (ADA) launched a pilot program to see if community workers could effectively educate the public on the importance of dental health and curb this issue. The project is called Breaking Down Barriers to Oral Health for All Americans: The Community Dental Health Coordinator, and so far, the ADA has sent 18 individuals out into communities to see if they could help improve dental care.
"The Community Dental Health Coordinator model is designed to address barriers to oral health that go beyond poverty. People in inner cities, remote rural areas and Native American lands also face obstacles posed by education, language, culture, geography and other factors," said ADA President Robert Faiella.
He added that these coordinators come from the same communities where they are trying to improve dental health, so people in these areas feel comfortable with them and may be more likely to listen to them rather than some spokesperson on the television who tells them to brush more.
Hopefully, these outreach programs will improve the dental health of individuals in underserved communities.
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