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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

May is Older Americans Month! The 2018 theme is Engage at Every Age, emphasizing that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. As part of your physical wellness, it is important not to overlook your oral health. The baby boomer generation is the first where the majority of people will keep their natural teeth over their lifetime. Check out our Oral Health Tips page to keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime.

 

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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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