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.

Community Preventive Services Task Force Findings

Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings to improve oral health can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

Implementation Resources

Implementation Products

Preventing Dental Caries Through School-Based Sealant Programs: Updated Recommendations and Review of Evidence
Published in the November 2009 issue of Journal of the American Dental Association, this article provides guidance for using school-based sealant programs. The recommendations were developed by a CDC work group of experts in cavity prevention and treatment, oral epidemiology, and evidence-based reviews, and representatives from professional dental organizations.

CDC’s Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) Initiative
HI-5 highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier. The website features links to implementation resources and success stories that can help communities get started.

Water Fluoridation

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Use these materials to share information about the CPSTF findings and Community Guide products with your community.

What Works Fact Sheets

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

One Pagers