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Coretopic:Oral Health

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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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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

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

Science Knows No&nbsp;Country<br /><span>uploaded August 31, 2012</span>

The principal purpose of the film is to show the importance of international collaborative oral health research, and to communicate that NIDCR supports not only U.S. researchers, but also desires to fund the best research anywhere in the world. To illustrate the value of international collaborative research, the video focuses on two institute efforts: a research program in Africa looking at noma, a form of gangrene that attacks the face, and a cleft lip-cleft palate study in the Philippines. "Science Knows No Country" is dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. David Barmes, one of the video's featured researchers, who served as special expert for international health at NIDCR. For the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research's Privacy Policy visit:  http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/PrivacyPart2.htm

Can't Afford to Wait: The Dental Care Crisis in&nbsp;America<br /><span>uploaded September 24, 2013</span>

Author and former health insurance executive Wendell Potter takes an in-depth look at America's oral health care crisis. As part of his Huffington Post series "Hidden Epidemic," Wendell explores how millions of people in the U.S. cannot get the dental care they need and what that means for them, and for communities across the country. Read Wendell's post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendell-potter/americas-hidden-epidemic_b_3964228.html

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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