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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 Tip Sheet

Reporting on dental care access challenges

More than one-third of Americans face “serious challenges” according to a recent Pew-sponsored report. See it now »

New How I Did It

Safety-net dentistry

Andy Miller reported on efforts to expand the scope of practice of dental hygienists in Georgia. See it now »

New How I Did It

Expanding use of dental therapists

Will Drabold covered the debate over access to dental care in Washington state. See it now »

Support for this Core Topic provided by:
The Pew Charitable Trusts

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