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Oral Health

  • Mouth and throat diseases, which range from cavities to cancer, cause pain and disability for millions of Americans each year, yet almost all oral diseases are largely preventable.
  • In 2011-2012, nearly one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2–5 years had dental caries in their primary teeth. About three in five adolescents aged 12–19 experienced dental caries in permanent teeth, and 15% of them had untreated tooth decay (Dye et al., 2015 External Web Site Icon).
  • In 2012, there were nearly 40,000 new cases of cancer of mouth (oral) or throat (pharyngeal) cancer diagnosed in the United States and nearly 9,000 deaths (CDC External Web Site Icon).
  • As many as one third of all dental injuries and up to 19% of head and face injuries are sports related (Burt 2001).
Task Force Findings
Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings to improve oral health can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.


Burt CW, Overpeck MD. Emergency visits for sports-related injuries. Ann Emerg Med 2001;37:301–8.

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