Communications to Promote Oral Disease Prevention

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Effective state oral health programs implement specific communication strategies to increase awareness of the importance of oral health to overall health and wellness and to promote evidence-based interventions that prevent oral disease. These activities could include the following:

  • Assessment of perceptions of oral health issues using key informants and opinion leaders.
  • Communicating with change agents who are capable of affecting policy and systems changes.
  • Broadening the range of stakeholders who are engaged in policy assessment and education.
  • Combining data and stories to create compelling arguments for the advancement of oral health.
  • Developing comprehensive risk communication strategies for oral health issues.
  • Using health economics and business concepts and language to describe the value of oral health programs.

Additional Resources

CDC Tips from Former Smokers:

The Guide to Community Preventive Services’ Improving Oral Health: Preventing Dental Caries (Cavities)

Basic strategies for building a robust state oral public health program include the following: