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 50 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
- The Impact of Oral Disease in New York State - December 2006 (PDF, 1.59MB, 129pg.)
- Poor Oral Health Linked to Poor General Health
DOH Oral Health Programs in New York State
Oral Health Plan for New York State
Statistics and Data
Water Fluoridation in New York State
- What are the benefits of community water fluoridation?
- Addressing Safety Concerns
- Costs and Savings
- Operational/Engineering Aspects