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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

CDC and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) are proud to release a new community water fluoridation Communications Toolkit! Local health departments play a critical role in educating their communities and promoting effective strategies to improve and maintain oral health. NACCHO’s new Community Water Fluoridation website includes resources to help local health departments educate their communities about the benefits of fluoridation.


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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