PDA’s Commitment to Improving Access to Dental Care
PDA is committed to improving the dental delivery system in Pennsylvania so
every person has access to quality care. PDA members participate in a variety of
volunteer efforts and state-funded insurance programs to treat disadvantaged
patients. PDA is taking the following steps to improve access to care:
- PDA is a member of the Department of Public Welfare’s Dental Summit Action
Committee to improve the Medical Assistance program and recruit dentists to
- PDA is a member of the State Health Improvement Program Steering Committee to improve
the Children’s Health
- PDA members participate in the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program to
provide a day of free dental services to the un- and underinsured.
- PDA seeks to alleviate access issues in underserved areas by promoting
Pennsylvania’s loan forgiveness program and assists the Department of Health
in identifying dental students and new dentists who are willing to practice in
- PDA works with teachers to promote dental health to school children
Children’s Dental Health Month in February.
- PDA encourages the use of expanded function dental assistants (EFDAs) in the
dental office. EFDAs can perform more functions, freeing up time for hygienists
and dentists to see more patients.
- PDA supports water fluoridation as a preventative measure that can be
accessed by anyone drinking from public water supplies.