Oral Health

The Total Body Connection

"Oral Health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Americans...
Oral health means more than sound teeth. Oral health is integral to overall health..."

Oral Health in America, A Report of the Surgeon General 2000

Over the past fifty years, the citizens of New York State have seen a dramatic improvement in their oral health. Still, oral diseases are a major health concern that affect almost every person in New York State. Oral health and general health are inseparable. Diseases and conditions of the mouth have a direct impact on the health of the entire body.

Good oral health can help improve birth outcomes, keep children from developing painful cavities and prevent seniors, and those with chronic health conditions, from developing life-threatening complications.

Oral Health Across the Lifespan

Impact of Oral Disease

DOH Oral Health Programs in New York State

Oral Health Plan for New York State

Statistics and Data

Water Fluoridation in New York State

Additional Resources