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

CDC recognizes community water fluoridation as 1 of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. CDC Learning Connection is promoting Fluoridation Learning Online, a free, online training course designed to build the capability of state fluoridation programs, and to help increase knowledge and refine skills to implement and maintain community water fluoridation. Take the online course and learn about fluoridation’s benefits, how state fluoridation programs support oral health, and how water fluoridation systems are designed and operate.

CDC Learning Connection. Connect. Learn. Improve health.

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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