Extensive tooth loss can lead to poor diet resulting in weight loss or obesity. It can also detract from physical appearance and impede speech, factors that can restrict social contact, inhibit intimacy, and lower self-esteem. Chronic medical conditions and oral conditions share common risk factors. Persons with chronic conditions are more likely to have untreated dental disease, which can result in tooth loss. Read more.
NACDD has never wavered in our commitment to the underserved, and now, more than ever, we are working hard to help state and territorial health prevent disproportionate morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 among communities of color.
Recently, in honor of National Minority Health Month, NACDD hosted a webinar featuring Dr. Renée Branch Canady, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Michigan Public Health Institute, on improving the fundamental social, systemic, and economic structures to decrease barriers and improve supports that allow people to achieve their full health potential. [Watch the recording].