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Coretopic:Oral Health

New How I Did It

Covering dental therapist licensing

Rosalie Rayburn has been covering licensing efforts in New Mexico. See it now »

New How I Did It

Covering the soda tax

Tom Lochner offers his insights into how the historic vote in Berkeley unfolded. See it now »

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 »

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>

Ajay's Story: Soon won't have to avoid the emergency room when she has an asthma&nbsp;attack.<br /><span>uploaded August 29, 2013</span>

Ajay is the only person in her family uninsured. Soon this 20-year-old won't have to avoid going to the emergency room when she has a bad asthma attack. Learn more about Covered California at CoveredCA.com.

Community Water&nbsp;Fluoridation<br /><span>uploaded December 18, 2013</span>

CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. While there has been a notable increase during the early part of this century in the number of persons with access to CWF, CDC along with state and local health departments and other public health partners face ongoing challenges in promoting and expanding CWF. Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with our comment policy: http://www.cdc.gov/SocialMedia/Tools/CommentPolicy.html This video can also be viewed at http://www.cdc.gov/about/grand-rounds/archives/2013/December-17-2013.htm

How Energy Drinks Harm Your Teeth - WBOC TV news&nbsp;segment<br /><span>uploaded October 29, 2013</span>

This news segment about energy drinks aired on WBOC TV in the Spring of 2013. The station interviewed Dr. Joe Harmon of Delmarva Dental Services in Salisbury, MD regarding the damage energy drinks do to your teeth. Dr. Harmon explains that taking a swig is like acid washing your teeth and warns against it. In fact, he suggests anytime you drink an energy drink or soda, have some water immediately after. For more information contact Delmarva Dental Services at 410-742-3000.

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