Improving Oral Health
- 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) .
- Each year, an estimated 35,000 people learn that they have mouth (oral) or throat (pharyngeal) cancer (CDC) .
- 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:
Burt CW, Overpeck MD. Emergency visits for sports-related injuries.
Ann Emerg Med 2001;37:301–8.