Dr. Evans stateoralhealthconf101707.pptPresentation Transcript
Illinois Oral Health Plan -a University’s response
Caswell A. Evans, DDS, MPH
Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
October 17, 2007
Illinois Oral Health Plans I & II State Health Improvement Plan
Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (DHHS 2000)
The Surgeon General’s Report provided the nation with an alert “ Oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Americans and… improved oral health can be achieved by all Americans… Great progress has been made in reducing the extent and severity of common oral diseases …however, not everyone is experiencing the same degree of improvement.”
The Report’s themes:
Oral health is much more than healthy teeth.
Oral health is integral to general health.
Safe, effective, easy to adopt disease prevention measures exist.
General health risk factors also affect oral and craniofacial health.
National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/oralhealth/
The National Oral Health “Call to Action”
Builds upon the Framework for Action from Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General