Dental care is often overlooked as a priority and sometimes considered more of a chore rather than an important aspect of personal health. This oversight can lead to poor health outcomes like gingivitis, periodontitis, and even chronic illness like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. This issue brief describes the short- and long-term effects of a poor dental health routine and the simple steps necessary to maintain a healthy smile.
oral health, dental care, chronic disease
Dental Hygiene | Dental Public Health and Education
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The author would like to thank Mary Kate Schutt for providing insight and ideas to address this serious public health problem and Jack Lupfer for providing the perspective of a dental health professional. The author also thanks Shannon Monnat and Megan Ray for edits to previous drafts of this brief.
Dengel, Alexander G., "Oral Health Is Important, but How Important?" (2021). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 120.
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