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Guide to federal agencies that oversee, regulate the safety of oral health and dental care

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One of the major dental dramas of 2013 was a story followed closely by Tulsa World reporter Shannon Muchmore.

Early in the year, an inspection at the office of a local oral surgeon, W. Scott Harrington, raised concerns that lax sanitation practices had put patients at risk. Widespread testing followed and health officials announced that a former patient had contracted hepatitis C while receiving care at his office.

Muchmore stayed in constant contact with local and state health officials  and her reports also came as a reminder of the important role that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention often plays in such major investigations.

The CDC is just one of the federal bodies charged with overseeing and regulating the safety of America’s dental care system. Here is a look at a few of these agencies, with links to information about how their work relates to dental care. You might want to use them as resources to expand the focus of your local stories.

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