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The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Together, the Community Guide and the Clinical Guide provide evidence-based recommendations across the prevention spectrum.


Improving Oral Health

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  • Mouth and throat diseases, which range from cavities to cancer, cause pain and disability for millions of Americans each year, yet almost all oral diseases are largely preventable.
  • Tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2-5 and half of those aged 12-15 (CDC) External Web Site Icon.
  • Each year, an estimated 35,000 people learn that they have mouth (oral) or throat (pharyngeal) cancer (CDC) External Web Site Icon.
  • As many as one third of all dental injuries and up to 19% of head and face injuries are sports related (Burt 2001).

Community Guide Systematic Reviews

The Community Guide conducted systematic reviews of interventions in the following areas:

Referenced Documents

Burt CW, Overpeck MD. Emergency visits for sports-related injuries.
Ann Emerg Med 2001;37:301–8.