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Institute of Medicine issues report on US oral health

from Institute of Medicine

Tooth decay is a common chronic disease in the United States and one of the most common diseases worldwide. Evidence shows that decay and other oral health complications may be associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While tooth decay is a highly preventable disease, individuals and many health care professionals remain unaware of the risk factors and preventive approaches for many oral diseases, and they do not fully appreciate how oral health affects overall health and well-being. In 2009, the Health Resources Services Administration asked the IOM to assess the current oral health care system and to recommend strategic actions for Department of Health and Human Services agencies to improve oral health and oral health care in America. more

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