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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

National Women’s Health Week is May 14–20, 2017. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority, and to encourage women to take steps to improve their health. Oral health is critical to overall health, especially during pregnancy and the first few years of life. Find out how pregnancy affects your oral health on the American Dental Association Pregnancy page.


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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