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The guide to community preventive services

Oral health
  • Dushanka V Kleinman
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to: Dushanka V. Kleinman, DDS, MScD, Assistant General Surgeon, NIDCR-NIH, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2290, Building 31, Room 2C39, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
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    Office of the Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
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      Over 108 million Americans lack dental insurance, over 2.5 times the number who lack medical insurance.
      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
      Community preventive services provide an essential complement to individual and professional one-on-one services aimed at preventing dental caries, oral and pharyngeal cancers, and craniofacial injuries, the three oral health conditions selected for review by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (the Task Force). These conditions are painful, disfiguring, affect daily functioning, and can lead to loss of life. As noted by the overarching message of Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, “oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Americans and can be achieved.”
      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
      This critical review of the evidence base is timely and thorough, and provides the nation with the capacity to further promote overall health and well-being through community-based and community-wide oral health programs.
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