Military Readiness 1940: 1 out of 10 army recruits didn't have enough teeth to enlist. (Number of teeth needed to enlist: 6) 2002: 34% of military personnel on active duty require dental care prior to deployment
Measuring our successes: Increase age one dental visits. Increase sealants on permanent teeth. Improve rates of community water fluoridation.
Children’s Oral Disease – a Public Health Crisis Most common chronic disease of childhood US Surgeon General: oral health is a core component of overall health Need to reduce oral health inequities
Simply by drinking fluoridated water, everyone in the community benefits. No change in behavior is required by the individual Everyone – regardless of age, gender, culture, socio- economic status – can benefit Fluoridation The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named community water fluoridation as one of the 10 great health achievements of the 20 th Century.