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
October is National Dental Hygiene Month! Every parent knows that a healthy smile is a sign of a happy child, and oral health experts agree that creating those healthy smiles begins in infancy. Check out CDC’s basic oral health tips and Brush Up on Healthy Teeth to celebrate!
- Page last reviewed: October 18, 2016
- Page last updated: October 2, 2017
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