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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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The CDC Division of Oral Health is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Dental Public Health Residency Program! Applications must be postmarked by September 24, 2018 to be considered. This formal training program produces skilled specialists in dental public health who can work collaboratively with their public health and dental colleagues in an array of health settings to achieve improved oral health for populations. For more information about the program, including eligibility requirements and application information, please visit our Dental Public Health Residency 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

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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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