CDA Cares has statewide impact as Pomona clinic nears

CDA and the CDA Foundation are gearing up for the second CDA Cares clinic to be held in Southern California. CDA Cares Pomona will take place Nov. 21-22 at the Pomona Fairplex, and volunteers are urged to get involved. “We’re excited to provide services again in Southern California because we want to help as many Continue Reading →

Kids’ Healthy Mouths Campaign

Healthy kids need healthy teeth! Dental disease affects your child’s overall health and interferes with his or her ability to do well in school. CDA joined with 35 other dental organizations to create a simple message about the value of good oral health for children. The primary message encourages children to brush their teeth “2min2x” for two minutes, twice a day. Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease with more than 16 million kids suffering from untreated tooth decay in the U.S. The mouth is the gateway to a person’s overall health, and an unhealthy mouth can be linked to diabetes and even heart disease. In the U.S., oral disease causes kids to miss 51 million school hours and their parents to lose 25 million work hours annually. Additionally, oral disease disproportionately affects children from low-income families and these children have almost twice the number of decayed teeth that have not been treated by a dentist as compared to others in the general population. Continue Reading →

CDA supports recent anti-tobacco efforts by CVS Caremark

CDA applauds the decision by CVS Caremark to discontinue the sale of tobacco products. For decades, CDA and other health organizations have been warning tobacco users of the dangers of these products and urging them to kick the habit.

CVS recently announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by Oct. 1.

In addition to CVS’s vow to eliminate tobacco products from its shelves, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a new anti-tobacco campaign aimed to prevent tobacco use among teens and the U.S. Surgeon General recently updated an oral health report on the consequences of smoking. In the report, the Surgeon General calls for “dramatic action” to reduce tobacco use and expands the list of illnesses “causally associated” with active smoking to include orofacial clefts in infants. Continue Reading →