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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.

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New How I Did It

Cultivating sources on senior dental care

Patients’ frank accounts of pain and relief brought the issue home. See it now »

New How I Did It

Covering Texas Medicaid scandal

Byron Harris takes us back to the very beginning of “Crooked Teeth.” See it now »

New Key Concept

Direct-access states

Now 37 states allow dental hygienists to provide care to patients who have not been seen by a dentist. See it now »

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

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