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Coretopic:Oral Health

It was in 2000, in his landmark report "Oral Health in America," that U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher warned of a silent epidemic of oral disease in America. In spite of efforts made since to address its underlying causes, the epidemic persists today.

In covering this epidemic, it is important to keep in mind that the burdens of disease weigh most heavily upon poor children and racial and ethnic minorities of all ages, who are most likely to go without the care needed to prevent and treat tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth loss, oral cancers and other diseases of the mouth.


New How I Did It

Reporting on Medicaid

Andy Marso used the story of a dental provider’s struggle to get care to poor and disabled patients to capture the worries about budget cuts. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Gaps in dental care

Maggie Clark's series has explored many facets of Florida's troubled Medicaid program and it's effect on children. See it now »

New Video

Dentists, drugs and dependence

NBC News reports on prescriptions of opioids to treat dental pain amid a skyrocketing rate of opioid addiction. See it now »

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The Pew Charitable Trusts

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