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Prevention of Oral Diseases

  • P. Jean Frazier
  • Alice M. Horowitz

Abstract

Health care consumers and providers alike are placing greater emphasis on achieving health through disease prevention. Today, health and wellness are promoted as achievable priorities in our society—and oral health is included (Goldhaber, 1977; Green & Johnson, 1982; Iverson, 1980; Iverson & Kolbe, 1983; U.S. Department of HEW, 1979; World Health Organization, 1980). Although a treatment tradition and expectation—on the part of both dentistry and the public—has prevailed since dentistry was formally established, this orientation need not and, indeed, should not continue. Oral diseases should not be considered as inevitable, as one of life’s burdens that must be endured. Preventive measures are available now to prevent or control the two major oral diseases—dental caries and periodontal diseases. An intact dentition with healthy surrounding tissues is an achievable goal. How to achieve this goal is the theme of this chapter.

Keywords

Oral Health Periodontal Disease Oral Cancer Dental Caries Dental Plaque 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Jean Frazier
    • 1
  • Alice M. Horowitz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Health Ecology, School of DentistryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Health Promotion and Science Transfer Section, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and CommunicationsNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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