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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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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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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