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Oral Health

Good oral health is essential to overall health and well-being.

Dental disease is a serious public health issue and affects a person’s overall health and productivity. Many Americans suffer from oral diseases such as cavities, periodontal disease and oral cancer.

Risk Factors for Oral Health

Tips for Good Oral Health

Importance of Oral Health for Children
Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated decay can cause tooth pain and infections, which may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

The good news is that it is possible to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride varnish can prevent about one-third of decay in baby teeth. Children living in communities with fluoridated tap water have fewer decayed teeth than children who live in areas where their tap water is not fluoridated. In addition, children who brush daily with fluoride toothpaste will have less tooth decay.  Applying dental sealants to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth is another way to prevent tooth decay. 

Here are some things you can do to ensure good oral health for your child:



Source: South Dakota Department of Health Work Well Toolkit