Established in 1943, the Oral Health Section has a proud history of oral public health achievements.
Oral Health Section goals:
- Promote the importance of oral health.
- Increase access to oral health preventive and treatment services.
- Monitor and disseminate information about the oral health needs of the public.
- Advancing the integration of oral health and chronic disease prevention and management.
- Promoting multidisciplinary collaboration with non--oral health professionals to broaden knowledge through the development of joint scientific sessions.
- Promoting fluoridation initiatives at the national level.
- Supporting health care reform that will improve access to oral health prevention and care for the under-served, uninsured and those with special health care needs.
- Developing and promoting policies to improve the public's oral health and overall health. Recent examples include policies on community water fluoridation, fluoride varnish, dental health therapists and third molar extractions.