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Guidelines & Recommendations

Guidelines & Recommendations

Oral health data systems monitor the prevalence of oral diseases and the factors influencing oral health, such as risky or protective behaviors, the availability of preventive interventions and utilization of preventive services. The systems bring together existing data from multiple national and state sources and present the data in useful and accessible formats for the broad community interested in promoting oral health. See how the data systems relate.

Additional information regarding Policies on Data Methods, Procedures, and Use.

  • Recommended Infection Control Practices for Dentistry The new Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003, were developed by CDC staff in collaboration with a working group of infection control experts, the document contains a review of the scientific evidence regarding dental infection control issues as well as consensus, evidence-based recommendations.
  • Healthy People 2020 : Oral Health Objectives Healthy People is the federal government's agenda to promote health and prevent disease nationwide. Healthy People 2020 identifies the most significant preventable threats to health in this first decade of the 21st century and establishes national goals to reduce these threats.

Community Prevention Programs

Promoting Oral Health: Interventions for Preventing Dental Caries, Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers, and Sports-related Craniofacial Injuries: A Report on the Recommendations of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services. MMWR 2001;50(RR–21):1–13.

Full Report
Truman BI, Gooch BF, Evans CA Jr. (Eds.). The Guide to Community Preventive Services: Interventions to prevent dental caries, oral and pharyngeal cancers, and sports-related craniofacial injuries. Am J Prev Med 2002;23(1 Supp). View full text in several PDF documents.


HHS and EPA Announce New Scientific Assessments and Actions on Fluoride: Agencies working together to maintain benefits of preventing tooth decay while preventing excessive exposure

Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries in the United States. MMWR 2001;50(RR-14):1–42. Also available as a [PDF–373K].

Infection Control

Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003. MMWR, December 19, 2003:52(RR–17).

See the expanded section for Infection Control.

Oral Cancer

Preventing and Controlling Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer — Recommendations from a National Strategic Planning Conference. MMWR 1998;47(RR–14). Also available as a [PDF–197K].

School-Based Dental Sealant Programs

Gooch BF, Griffin SO, Gray SK, Kohn WG, Rozier RG, Siegal M, Fontana M, Brunson D, Carter N, Curtis DK, Donly KJ, Haering H, Hill LF, Hinson HP, Kumar J, Lampiris L, Mallatt M, Meyer DM, Miller WR, Sanzi-Schaedel SM, Simonson R, Truman BI, Zero DT. Preventing dental caries through school-based sealant programs: Updated recommendations and reviews of evidence. J Am Dent Assn 2009;140(11):1356–1365. View full text.*

Water Fluoridation

Engineering and Administrative Recommendations for Water Fluoridation, 1995. MMWR 1995;44(RR-13):1–40. Also available as a [PDF–338K].