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 Oral Health

Oral health is an important component of overall health, and impacts maternal and child health outcomes in a number of ways. In the US, dental caries is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases, and oral health care is a leading unmet health care need among children and adolescents.[1] Good oral health is also important for pregnant women and new mothers as it can prevent complications of dental disease, improve birth outcomes and decrease dental caries in children.[2] Title V Programs work to promote oral health and access to dental care for women and children nationwide. Many Title V Programs also include an oral health component and actively partner with state dental directors and providers. AMCHP works to support these partnerships and Title V’s role in addressing oral health needs for children and families.


External Resources

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors has a comprehensive listing of State Oral Health Programs and state-specific oral health contacts. ASTDD also has resources for state programs related to oral health, including a tip sheet for using oral health data to inform decisions and policymaking and policy statements on early childhood oral health.

Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University
Oral Health Knowledge Path



[1] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oral health in America: a report of the Surgeon General. NIH Publication No. 00-4713, Rockville, MD:U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, May 2000.
[2] Silk H, et al. Oral health during pregnancy. Amer Fam Physician. 2008;77:1139-1144.