Oral Health

The Total Body Connection“Oral Health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Americans…

Oral health means more than sound teeth. Oral health is integral to overall health…”

  • Oral health is more than healthy teeth.
  • The mouth reflects general health and well-being.
  • Oral diseases and disorders in and of themselves affect health and well-being throughout life.
  • There is an integral relationship between oral health and general health. Oral diseases and conditions are associated with other health problems. See recent reports of associations between chronic oral infections and diabetes, osteoporosis, heart and lung conditions, and certain adverse pregnancy outcomes…
  • Lifestyle behaviors that affect general health such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, and poor dietary choices affect oral and craniofacial health as well.
  • Safe and effective measures exist to prevent the most common dental diseases—dental caries and periodontal diseases.

For more information:

National Call To Action To Promote Oral Health

Oral Health in America, A Report of the Surgeon General 2000

http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/dental/