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The CDC’s Division of Oral Health (DOH) works to improve the oral health of the nation and reduce inequalities in oral health by—

  • Helping states improve their oral health programs.
  • Extending the use of proven strategies to prevent oral disease by—
    • Encouraging the effective use of fluoride products and community water fluoridation.
    • Promoting greater use of school-based and –linked dental sealant programs.
  • Enhancing efforts to monitor oral diseases, such as dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal infections (gum disease).
  • Contributing to the scientific knowledge-base regarding oral health and disease.
  • Guiding infection control in dentistry.
  • Helping states improve their oral health programs.

In the Spotlight

New Resources Available for Dental Professionals: Tools and resources to help you talk to your patients about quitting tobacco use

Oral Health Topics

Dental Sealants

Introduction, What are Dental Sealants, What are school-based dental sealant programs, Additional Resources

Community Water Fluoridation

Community Fluoridation Fundamentals, Community Water Fluoridation Topics, Guidelines & Policy

Infection Control in Dental Settings

Device Screening and Evaluation Forms, Tuberculosis Infection Control Recommendations, Educational Materials

Children & Adults

Oral Health for Children, Oral Health for Adults, Brush up on Healthy Teeth

Guidelines & Recommendations

Community Prevention Programs, Fluoride, Infection Control, Oral Cancer, School-Based Dental Sealant Programs, Water Fluoridation

Data Applications

My Water's Fluoride, Oral Health Maps, National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS), Synopses of State and Territorial Dental Public Health Programs (State Synopses)


Fact Sheets, Frequently Asked Questions, Journal Articles, Resources

State-based Oral Health Programs

CDC-Funded States, Infrastructure Development Tools, State-by-State Reports, State Oral Health Plans

About the Division of Oral Health

Our Vision, Our Mission, Our Goals, Our Work, Other Activities

Site Index

All things Oral Health

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    Division of Oral Health
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    4770 Buford Highway NE
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