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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

Dental health among poor

Poor oral health places an undue burden upon poor adults in the U.S. Learn about resources for reporting on the disparity. See it now »

New Shared Wisdom

Bringing a fresh eye to health beat

New to the beat, David Olinger talks about choosing what to cover. See it now »

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 »

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

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