Oral Health

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

Outbreaks of measles have been increasing in the United States. Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. CDC’s Division of Oral Health has created a new Frequently Asked Question on Measles for dental health care professionals.

definition of measles

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Data on children and adults, common oral diseases and how populations are affected

Clean drinking water in a cup

Information on the benefits of water fluoridation, as well as recommendations and guidance for water engineers and operators

Dental toolset

Guidelines and resources on infection prevention practices in dental settings