Oral Health Resources
In the Spotlight
New CDC Report Provides Updated Statistics on Population Prevalence of Periodontal Disease in U.S. Adults
This report, entitled “Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United
States: 2009 and 2010,” concludes that 47.2% of U.S. adults have some form of
periodontal disease. Previous population estimates of the disease may have
underestimated its true population prevalence.
Read the report.*
New Data Brief: Oral Health Disparities as Determined by Selected
Healthy People 2020 Oral Health Objectives for the United States, 2009–2010
The Healthy People 2020 initiative contains over 1,200 objectives that
serve as a roadmap for tracking the nation's health. An important activity of
Healthy People is to monitor health disparities in the United States,
which include indicators like poverty status, race, and ethnicity. This new data
brief focuses on key Healthy People Oral Health objectives covering
select age groups by race, ethnicity, and poverty status from 2009 to 2010. Read
the data brief at
NCHS Data Brief 104.
Oral Health Selected as a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has selected oral health as
one of the 12 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) for Healthy People 2020.
HHS will focus on oral health and the actions that can be taken toward the goal
to “increase the proportion of children, adolescents, and adults who used the
oral health care system in the past 12 months."
Safe Injection Practices in Dentistry
Safe injection practices are a set of measures clinicians should follow to
perform injections in an optimally safe manner for patients, health care
personnel, and others. CDC reminds dental practitioners of the safe
injection practices that are critical for patient safety.
Every two years, CDC releases statistics on the percentage of the U.S.
population that receives fluoridated drinking water. The most recent CDC
statistics show that in 2010, 73.9%—204.3 million Americans—on
systems received fluoridated water. This is an increase of nearly 9 million
people since 2008.
Preventing Cavities, Gum Disease, Tooth Loss, and Oral Cancers: At A Glance
This annual CDC publication provides a succinct overview of information and
statistics concerning the oral health of Americans and the burden of oral
disease, as well as CDC activities and success stories related to oral
At A Glance 2011.
CDC's Oral Health Strategic Plan
This plan details our mission, role, goals, and strategic priorities for
improving the oral health of our nation.
Changes Proposed to National Fluoridation Level
In late 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) proposed an adjustment to the recommendation for the optimal
fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. Learn more
Community Water Fluoridation: Questions and Answers. View the
Federal Register notice for more information. (The period for
public comment ended in April 2011.)
Honors 65 Years of Community Water Fluoridation
Community water fluoridation has been a safe and effective intervention for
reducing tooth decay for 65 years. CDC's Division of Oral Health honors its
history and contribution to public health.
A collection of resources on the benefits, safety, engineering
support, and other information on community water fluoridation and
State and County Water Fluoridation Information
My Water's Fluoride,
Health Maps and other resources provide up-to-date
information on the fluoride content of water in 32 participating
State Oral Health
CDC provides funding and technical assistance to help state and territorial
health agencies develop and operate public health programs to improve oral
states receive funds. CDC also has developed a
tools to assist states to build oral health program capacity.
Recommended Infection Control Guidelines for Dentistry
These CDC guidelines provide the latest information on dental
infection control issues as well as consensus evidence-based
recommendations. See also the
slide set and
accompanying speaker notes.
Surgeon General's Statement Supporting Water Fluoridation
See also the
fact sheet summary
of most recent Surgeon General's Report and
summary of Surgeon General's Call to Action.
CDC's Dental Public
Health Residency Program
Come learn with us. The CDC's Division of Oral Health (DOH) is currently
considering applicants for the 2012–2013 Dental Public Health Residency
Program. Two applicants will be chosen for this accredited training program,
which is located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Learn more about the
requirements and how to apply.
Brush Up on Healthy Teeth
A health education campaign including a Brush Up Quiz for Parents, Tip Sheet, and Poster.
Also in Spanish!
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Page last reviewed:
September 4, 2012
Page last modified: September 4, 2012
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