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
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases of children. Protect your child’s teeth by having your child brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and drink fluoridated water. CDC also recommends that your child visit a dentist by the time they are 1 year of age.
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