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This list is not meant to be all-inclusive; however, it is a starting place for those seeking to gain a better understanding of the science-based evidence supported by professionals in the field of oral health. For further assistance, or if you need help locating a dentist in your area, Click here for Free Charitable Dental Clinics

ADA – American Dental Association

The American Dental Association is the leading advocate for oral health. Visit American Dental Association Public Programs for a complete list of featured public programs and educational materials for both children and adults.

ALDA –Alabama Dental Association

The Alabama Dental Association is the premier professional dental organization in the state representing Alabama dentists and their efforts to provide quality dental care to all Alabamians. Visit ALDA for a comprehensive list of Alabama dental clinics.

ASTDD - Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) is a national non-profit organization representing the directors and staff of state/territorial public health agency programs for oral health. ASTDD formulates and promotes the establishment of national dental public health policy, assists state/territorial dental programs in the development and implementation of programs and policies for the prevention of oral diseases; builds awareness and strengthens dental public health professionals' knowledge and skills by developing position papers and policy statements; provides information on oral health to health officials and policymakers, and conducts conferences for the dental public health community. Visit the ASTDD for older adult oral health resources for collaboration along with many other resources.

W.H.O. – World Health Organization

The primary role of the World Health Organization is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. The W.H.O. strives to develop global policies in oral health promotion and oral disease prevention. Visit World Health Organization Oral Health for publications, news, and general information on how the W.H.O. is working to improve oral health for the entire nation.

CDC – Centers for Disease Control

As one of several operating divisions under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control provide leadership and direction in the prevention and control of oral health conditions. Visit the Centers for Disease Control Oral Health Division for more information on the ways the CDC is working to expand access to effective oral health prevention programs in Alabama and across the nation.

AAPD - American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is the recognized authority on children’s oral health. Find a pediatric dentist in your area, view the newsroom, or browse publications for more information.

ARHA - Alabama Rural Health Association

The Alabama Rural Health Association is the state leader in promoting and advocating for rural health matters. With more than 750 members, we represent rural hospitals, rural health clinics, community health centers, educational institutions, industry partners, and other healthcare providers with a vested interest in rural health.


The nonprofit DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement is laser-focused on transforming our broken healthcare system to enable better health through oral health. Prioritizing person-centered care, the DentaQuest Partnership drives health system transformation at the local, state, and national levels in pursuit of DentaQuest' s common mission – to improve the oral health of all.

ADRS - Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) is a state agency that is unique in the nation for providing services to children and adults with disabilities through a seamless system of service delivery. Through a continuum of services, ADRS provides assistance throughout a lifetime. With individualized services provided in homes, schools, the workplace, and the community, ADRS assists every person in achieving his or her maximum potential.

Page last updated: March 24, 2023