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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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World Water Day

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22nd as World Water Day. CDC supports safe water initiatives, including community water fluoridation. Learn more about how water is not only hydrating, but also can protect your teeth on our Community Water Fluoridation 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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