Why is oral health a priority for public health?

Oral health affects our ability to speak, smile and eat. It also affects self-esteem, school performance, and attendance at work and school. Oral diseases, ranging from tooth decay to gum disease and oral cancer, cause pain and disability to millions of people living in the U.S. UU.

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). Strategies to help people access dental services can help prevent problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. Individual interventions, such as topical fluorides, and community-level interventions, such as community water fluoridation, can also help to improve oral health.

In addition, teaching people how to care for their teeth and gums can help prevent oral health problems. We believe that effective oral health education and promotion will help influence policymakers, other leaders, and the public's view of oral health. The increase in bacteria in the mouth, together with easy access to the bloodstream due to tooth decay, tooth decay and other dental diseases, can have extremely detrimental effects on overall health. Good dental health is not only important for chewing and swallowing food, talking and affecting self-esteem, self-image and quality of life, as well as employability; research has documented a comprehensive relationship between poor oral health and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

bacterial pneumonia and premature delivery of infants. 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.