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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

The Great American Smokeout is November 16th. Did you know that a few days without cigarettes makes your mouth healthier and smile brighter? Smoking and other tobacco products can cause serious oral health problems, including gum disease and oral cancer. 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.

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Oral Health Basics

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


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


Infection Prevention & Control

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Guidelines and resources on infection prevention practices in dental settings