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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.


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Access to care

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

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Dental challenges for refugees

Jiwon Choi explored the oral health challenges faced by refugees arriving in her state. See it now »

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State-by-state battle

In a new policy brief, the Federal Trade Commission comments on restrictions that prevent access to dental hygienists. See it now »

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The Pew Charitable Trusts

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