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Report Calls for Enhanced Role of HHS in Improving Nation’s Oral Health

 

Despite calls for providers and patients to recognize dental health as an integral part of overall health and the shocking 2007 case of a boy's death due to an untreated tooth infection, oral health needs a higher profile within the U.S. health care system.  A new report by the Institute of Medicine provides a blueprint for how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can help make that happen. The report’s recommendations are designed to enhance HHS's recently debuted Oral Health Initiative, a cross-agency, national plan for improving oral health.