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Coretopic:Oral Health

New Tip Sheet

Covering the impact of soda taxes on oral health

This collection of research and resources helps reporters who might be called upon to cover soda taxes. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Covering free dental clinics

Oral Health core topic leader Mary Otto asked Julie Drizin, director, Journalism Center on Children & Families, for some tips. See it now »

New How I Did It

Journalism Center on Children & Families to close

Director Julie Drizin reflects on the Center's coverage of a free Maryland dental clinic - one of its major successes. See it now »

Topic overview

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 some 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.

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Video

Dental Crisis in&nbsp;America<br /><span>uploaded September 13, 2013</span>

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) holds a hearing about the dental crisis in America.

Status of oral health for rural&nbsp;residents<br /><span>uploaded July 11, 2011</span>

From the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010: People in rural areas go to emergency rooms for dental pain more than their urban counterparts, and many face economic consequences for having bad teeth. A rapidly expanding network of dental clinics run by federally qualified health centers is trying to address oral health problems in rural America. * Emily Shortridge, Ph.D., Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis * Jason Wesco, chief operating officer, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas * Moderator: David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal

Status of oral health for rural residents, Part&nbsp;4<br /><span>uploaded July 11, 2011</span>

Continuation of Jason Wesco's comments from the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010.

Status of oral health for rural residents, Part&nbsp;3<br /><span>uploaded July 11, 2011</span>

From the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010: People in rural areas go to emergency rooms for dental pain more than their urban counterparts, and many face economic consequences for having bad teeth. A rapidly expanding network of dental clinics run by federally qualified health centers is trying to address oral health problems in rural America. * Jason Wesco, chief operating officer, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas

Status of oral health for rural residents, Part&nbsp;2<br /><span>uploaded July 11, 2011</span>

Continuation of Emily Shortridge's comments, from the Rural Health Journalism Workshop in June 2010.

Dental Crisis in&nbsp;America<br /><span>uploaded March 1, 2012</span>

Dr. David Satcher: Oral Health in America: Revisiting the Surgeon General's Report of&nbsp;2000<br /><span>uploaded July 17, 2012</span>

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: "ORAL HEALTH IN AMERICA—REVISITING THE SURGEON GENERAL'S REPORT OF 2000" Dr. David Satcher, Former Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Director, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine Caswell Evans, DDS, MPH Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences UIC, College of Dentistry Moderator: Lisa Tedesco, PhD, Dean James T. Laney School of Graduates Studies, Emory University

Animation: Straightening Out Texas&nbsp;Medicaid<br /><span>uploaded April 30, 2014</span>

In 2010, Texas spent more on Medicaid orthodontic services than the nation's nine other most populous states combined. Now, state investigators are on a mission to reclaim hundreds of millions of misspent Medicaid dollars. So, how'd the state get in this mess in the first place?

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Upcoming events on Oral Health from the AHCJ calendar.

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