TFCPS Oral Health–Related Recommendations


Preventing Dental Caries
Community water fluoridation Recommended
State- or community-wide sealant promotion Insufficient evidence
School-based or -linked sealant delivery programs Recommended
Preventing Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers
Population-based interventions for early detection Insufficient evidence
Preventing Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers
Population-based interventions to encourage use of helmets, facemasks, and mouth guards in contact sports Insufficient evidence

SOURCE: CDC, 2010g.


oral disease, if funded.25 The bill requires the CDC to establish a 5-year oral health campaign related to prevention and award grants to all states, territories, Indians, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to develop school-based sealant programs. In addition, the ACA will improve the surveillance capabilities of the CDC and states by authorizing oral health infrastructure grants to all states and improvements to the oral health components of several national health surveys.


Chapter 2 documented the basics of health literacy and the status of the oral health literacy of both health care professionals and the general public. The federal government has a role to play in improving oral health literacy and has several specific actions that target the general health literacy of both the public and health care professionals.

AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

AHRQ developed the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to help primary care providers improve communication with people of all literacy levels (DeWalt et. al., 2010). The toolkit provides methods to improve spoken communication, written communication, self-management,


25 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 148, 111th Cong., 2nd sess. (March 23, 2010).

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