HHS Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2007–2012 (Strategic Plan). Oral Health

11/22/2015

Mouth and throat diseases, which range from cavities to cancer, cause pain and disability for millions of Americans each year. This fact is disturbing because almost all oral diseases can be prevented. For children, cavities are a common problem that begins at an early age. Tooth decay is also a problem for U.S. adults, especially for the increasing number of older adults who have retained most of their teeth. Despite this increase in tooth retention, tooth loss remains a problem among older adults.

CDC is the lead Federal agency responsible for promoting oral health through public health interventions. CDC has and will continue to assist States in strengthening their oral health programs, reaching people hardest hit by oral diseases, and expanding the use of measures that are proven effective in preventing oral diseases. CDC currently provides 12 States with funds, technical assistance, and training to build strong oral health programs. Eight of the 12 States receive funding to develop and coordinate community water fluoridation programs or school-based dental sealant programs. With CDC support, States can better promote oral health, monitor oral health behaviors and problems, and conduct and evaluate prevention programs.

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