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Coretopic:Oral Health

It was in 2000, in his landmark report "Oral Health in America," that then-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

Opioids and dentists

Research finds dentists regularly prescribe opioids despite evidence that NSAIDs and acetaminophen may be more effective. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Adding dental benefits

Plan would some dental services to the menu of medically necessary outpatient services currently covered under Medicare Part B. See it now »

New How I Did It

Access to care

Joe Lawlor discusses how a free clinic provided an opportunity for a broader examination of access to care. See it now »

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Oral Health news — from Covering Health