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Good oral health is an important part of good overall health. Dental public health focuses on improving oral health for all Americans by reducing disparities and expanding access to effective prevention programs. Examples of CDC’s efforts in this area include community water fluoridation and school dental sealant programs.

CDC also monitors disease across the nation and is working to integrate oral health programs into chronic disease prevention efforts and medical care.

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School is just around the corner! Don’t let your child be distracted by mouth pain. Children with poor oral health miss more school days and receive lower grades than children with good oral health. Here are some things you can do to keep your child’s mouth healthy and ready for the school year.

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Oral Health Basics

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Data on children and adults, common oral diseases and how populations are affected

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Community Water Fluoridation

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Information on the benefits of water fluoridation, as well as recommendations and guidance for water engineers and operators

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Infection Prevention & Control

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Guidelines and resources on infection prevention practices in dental settings

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