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US Surgeon General’s Report: Oral Health is integral to one’s overall health and well-being.

US Surgeon General’s Report: Oral Health is integral to one’s overall health and well-being.

The US Surgeon General is the leading spokesperson on matters of public health of the United States government.  It is the Surgeon General’s duty to educate the American public about health issues and advocating healthy lifestyle choices.  In this regard, the US Surgeon General is viewed as a very influential figure in public health not only in America but in the whole world.

One of the most important reports made was in 1964 when the US Surgeon General, Dr. Luther Terry, issued a warning that sparked a world-wide movement that forever changed the way we see tobacco use.  Dr. Terry was the US Surgeon General that issued the famous warning that we see in cigarette packs that says “smoking is hazardous to your health.”

In 2010, the US Surgeon General again released a landmark report called “Oral Health in America: The US Surgeon General’s Report” which addressed  the “silent epidemic” of oral diseases which causes “needless pain and suffering, complications that devastate overall health and well-being, and cause financial and social burdens that diminish the quality of life.”

The report stresses that we must recognize that oral health and general health are inseparable.  They are not separate entities but one. A person cannot be considered healthy without oral health.

Oral health means much more than healthy teeth.

The US Surgeon general defines oral health as not only having healthy teeth but also being free of chronic oral-facial pain conditions, cancers, lesions, defects and other diseases or disorders that affect the oral, dental, and craniofacial tissues.

Oral-Systemic Disease Relationship.

Our mouth is a window to understanding our overall health and well-being. A thorough oral examination can detect signs of a number of systemic diseases like microbial infections, immune disorders, injuries, and some cancers. New research on oral-systemic disease relationships are also finding direct associations between chronic oral infections such as gum diseases (periodontitis) with diabetes, premature births, strokes, low birth weights and heart and lung diseases.

Oral Health and our Humanity.

The “cranio-facial tissues” or the tissues that can be found on our faces allow us to speak and smile, eat, taste, chew and nourish ourselves, protect us from infections and, most importantly, allow us to convey our feelings and emotions through the expressions we are able to make. These tissues represent the very essence of our humanity and our identity as a person.

 

 

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