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

The Great American Smokeoutexternal icon is November 16th. Did you know that smokers are more than twice as likely to have untreated tooth decay, and are 3 times more likely to lose all of their teeth compared with nonsmokers? Cigarettes, smokeless, and other forms of tobacco can cause oral cancer, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Dental professionals are in a unique position to notice oral health problems and help their patients quit. Visit the Dental Professionals: Help Your Patients Quit Smoking page for resources to help you or your patients stop using tobacco products.

Percentage of adults aged 65 or older who lost all of their teeth, 2011 to 2016. 12 percent of nonsmokers versus 43 percent of smokers.

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

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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