Oral health is essential to overall health. Oral diseases cause pain and disability for millions of Americans each year and may be prevented by increasing access to regular dental care.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay (dental caries) affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. Untreated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems such as difficulty eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Ensuring that underserved populations, including low-income families, have regular access to dental care is critical to preventing these issues.
Join Healthy People 2020 on Thursday, January 23, at 12 p.m. ET, to learn about how the Iowa Department of Public Health is working to improve the health of underserved populations by providing access to quality oral health care. This 45-minute Webinar will be led by the Assistant Surgeon General, Chief Dental Officer, USPHS, Dr. William Bailey, who will be joined by Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, and Gina Thornton-Evans, DDS, MPH, Dental Officer, both from the Division of Oral Health, within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The Webinar will include a roundtable discussion on the importance of oral health, as well as strategies and resources to effectively address oral health objectives.