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CDC: US oral health improvements mixed


A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once again is putting the country's oral health disparities in the spotlight. The report, issued May 31 by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, found that while the presence of tooth decay has declined over the last two decades, more than 1 in every 5 Americans still suffers from untreated caries. The report used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for 2005-2008 to assess the prevalence of untreated caries, existing dental restorations, dental sealants, and edentulism in the U.S. by age, race/ethnicity, and poverty level. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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