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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Why Is Oral Health Important?

Woman smilingDid you know that your oral health is essential to your overall health?  Good oral health of your mouth and surrounding skull and face structures improves your ability to:

 

Even though the oral health of Americans has improved significantly over the past 50 years, due mostly to effective prevention and treatment efforts, oral diseases still cause pain and disability for many.

 

What You Can Do to Maintain Good Oral Health

Good self-care is key to good oral health.   You can help keep your mouth healthy by following these tips:

 Spit tobacco containing sugar increases the risk of tooth decay. Additional information is available at     http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/publications/CDNR/.

 

You Can Prevent Most Oral Diseases.

By practicing good oral care, you may be able to avoid some of the common oral problems:

 

Sources: 

Oral Health  (HealthyPeople.gov)

Oral Health for Adults (CDC)

References

US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. Oral health in America: A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; 2000, p. 33-59.

US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. Oral health in America: A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; 2000, p. 155-88.

US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A national call to action to promote oral health, Rockville (MD): National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; May 2003, p. 1 -53. (NIH Publication; no. 03-5303).

Dye BA, Tan S, Smith V, et al. Trends in oral health status: United States, 1988–1994 and 1999–2004, Vital Health Stat. 2007 Apr;11(248):1-92.

US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Oral health: Preventing cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancers: At a glance 2010 [Internet]. Atlanta: CDC; c2010 [cited 2010 March 8]. Available from:http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/AAG/doh.htm#aag

US Government Accountability Office (GAO). Medicaid: Extent of dental disease in children has not decreased and millions are estimated to have untreated tooth decay. 2008 Sep. 46 p. (GAO-08-1211).

 

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Last Reviewed: Aug 18, 2014