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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.

In the Spotlight

Did you know that smokers have twice the risk of gum disease compared with nonsmokers? Cigarettes, smokeless, and other forms of tobacco cause cancer of the mouth.  Encourage someone you know to participate in the Great American Smokeout on November 16th by quitting or making a plan to quit smoking.

For support in quitting, visit CDC’s Quit Smoking page for information and resources.

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Oral Health Basics

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


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


Infection Prevention & Control

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Guidelines and resources on infection prevention practices in dental settings