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 Preventing Oral Diseases

The saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is so true when we talk about oral diseases, such as dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal (gum) disease. 

Most oral diseases can be prevented.  The Oral Health Program supports community-based oral disease prevention programs—programs that prevent oral diseases in large groups of people. 

Click on Dental Sealants to learn about the best way to prevent the most common type of tooth decay seen in school-aged children today.

Click on Community Water Fluoridation to learn about one of “the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century” (according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Click on Fluoride Varnish to learn about this easy and inexpensive way to prevent tooth decay.  Fluoride varnish can be applied to the teeth at a doctor’s or dentist’s office.

Click on Fluoride Mouthrinse Program to learn about this program to prevent tooth decay that is offered to some elementary schools in Ohio.

Click on Dietary Fluoride Supplements to learn about how children who live in places without enough fluoride in the drinking water can receive fluoride in drops or tablets.

You can also visit the Oral Health Fact Sheets page to learn more about ways to prevent oral diseases.


Page Reviewed: 5/18/17