Healthy People 2020Oral Health The significant improvement in the oral health of Americans over the past 50 years is a public health success story. Most of the gains are a result of effective prevention and treatment efforts. One major success is community water fluoridation, which now benefits about 7 out of 10 Americans who get water through public water systems. However, some Americans do not have access to preventive programs. Objectives in this topic area address a number of areas for public health improvement, including the need to:
Increase awareness of the importance of oral health to overall health and well-being.
Increase acceptance and adoption of effective preventive interventions.
Reduce disparities in access to effective preventive and dental treatment services.
NIDCR on Dental Caries The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has been an important source of information on oral health and dental care in the United States since the early 1970s.
www.healthyteethnj.com NJDHA has been working with the American Academy of Pediatrics NJ Chapter “Pediatric Health Home Subcommittee”, thanks to the efforts of Yvonne Goldman (N). This subcommittee has developed a website through the funding of DentaQuest & Delta Dental grants. The website provides not only oral health info, but info on accessing pediatric providers & insurers. The resources page lists dental clinics in NJ, including the dental & dental hygiene educational programs. The sponsor scroll includes NJDHA along with Rutgers Dental, AAPNJ, NJDA and, NJAPD.
To see Clinical Guidelines available from the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry click here
To see the Pediatric Oral Health Research & Policy Center of the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry click here
To see a PowerPoint developed by NJDHA-member Jean Rath (S), click here NOTE: this presentation is undergoing copyright protection. You may contact Jean Rath for continuing education presentations. Contact through Central Office firstname.lastname@example.org
Pew Trust has issued an "F" to NJ's water fluoridation efforts, with only 14.6% NJ citizens with access to water fluoridation as per CDC.
Click here to see CDC statistics for all states as per 2014 - New Jersey ranks 49 out of 50..