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Annu Rev Public Health. 2000;21:403-36.

Oral health in the United States: the post-fluoride generation.

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  • 1Department of Dental Public Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle 98195-7475, USA. dfrc@u.washington.edu

Abstract

Tremendous strides have been made in reducing the incidence of tooth decay, periodontal diseases, and associated loss of teeth in adults and children since the inception of community water fluoridation programs. Yet the disadvantaged and poor have not fully shared in the benefits. Other challenges to oral health remain. Oral cancer and related smoking and smokeless tobacco use remain major public health problems. Access to preventive and therapeutic dental care is far from universal. Public health programs similar in commitment to the approach of community water fluoridation programs initiated in the 1950s and 1960s are needed to address neglected oral health needs of underserved and high-risk populations in the United States.

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