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
September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month. One of the best things people can do to prevent the spread of infection is to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently. Check out more of CDC’s basic infection prevention recommendations in the Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings, now available in Spanish!
- Page last reviewed: October 18, 2016
- Page last updated: September 19, 2017
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