What is oral health research?

In oral health research, they identify aspects of life that are affected by oral conditions and that may be amenable to treatment. Research is one of the pillars of our work at COH. We conduct research and publish reports that document the oral health care needs of vulnerable populations, including older adults and children. These include more detailed information about the groups of people we seek to help and the programs that seek to help them.

Over the next few months, the NIDCR will publish highlights from each Oral Health section in the United States. These summaries will analyze the key points and provide a Q&A with the section editors. To receive these monthly updates via email, sign up for the Oral Health Newsletter in the United States. Most oral health conditions are largely preventable and can be treated in their early stages.

The majority of cases are dental decay (tooth decay), periodontal disease, oral cancers, oral trauma, cleft lip and palate fissures, and noma (serious gangrenous disease that begins in the mouth and mainly affects children). This study is motivated by the abundant literature that demonstrates associations between dental care, oral health and many dimensions of systemic health with no evidence of causal effects. As a follow-up to the Surgeon General's Report on oral health in the United States, this report explores the country's oral health over the past 20 years. In addition, there are health disparities in oral health outcomes that result from differences in socioeconomic status.

The resolution affirms that oral health must be firmly integrated into the non-communicable disease agenda and that oral health interventions must be included in universal health coverage programs. The purpose of this study is to understand how offering free dental care to older adults who lack coverage or routine dental care affects their quality of life, health and health care costs. The goal of the Appalachian Oral Health Research Center (COHRA) is to identify factors that lead to oral health disparities in Appalachian children and families. Over the past 20 years, oral health care personnel, education and practice have changed substantially to improve access to care and better integrate oral and general health care and outcomes.