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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

June 12–18 is Men’s Health Week. Did you know that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is higher among males? Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages (e.g., at least one per day) is not only associated with type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease; it also increases your chances of developing tooth decay and cavities. Choose fluoridated water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages during Men’s Health Week and beyond.


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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