Delta Dental Plans Association statement on the introduction of the Oral Health Literacy Act

WASHINGTON, DC (February 14, 2023) – Today, Delta Dental Plans Association released a statement from Chief Public Affairs Officer Jason Daughn following the introduction of the Oral Health Literacy Act, which would authorize a public education campaign across all relevant federal programs to increase oral health literacy and awareness:

“Delta Dental Plans Association is proud to support the bipartisan Oral Health Literacy Act, introduced today by leaders in both the Senate and the House, which will improve people’s oral and overall health by promoting oral health literacy, including in rural and underserved communities. This legislation will help create more equitable policies and initiatives for oral health and improve access to care.”

“Oral health is an integral component of Americans’ overall health and wellness. We know that good oral health has a positive impact on everything from a person's heart health to their mental well-being to their ability to work or attend school. Better health literacy is associated with better health outcomes and higher use of health care services, but gaps in oral health literacy remain.”

“We applaud U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Representatives Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) and Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) for introducing this bipartisan legislation and we urge quick action in Congress to help close the oral health literacy gap.”

Delta Dental Plans Association has long advocated for a greater emphasis on oral health literacy. Learn more about our advocacy and research work on