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U.S. Air Force Col. Scott Wright, 81st Medical Group prosthodontist, and Amanda Kersey, 81st MDG dental assistant, examine the teeth of Airman 1st Class Diamond Bonner, 81st MDG dental assistant, at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Aug. 30, 2022. The primary mission of the 81st MDG is to maintain medical readiness for worldwide contingencies by providing health care for more than 22,000 enrollees, including almost 4,500 active-duty members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Davis)
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Dental Health

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Dental health is critical to overall health. Many service members may not be aware of the impact their oral health can have, so in February, we will remind them of the connection between dental care and their overall health and readiness. There are simple habits and practices to greatly improve dental health and lower the risk of chronic disease.

Message to Communicators

  • The health of the teeth and the rest of the mouth can profoundly affect general heath. Maintaining dental health will enhance your quality of life.
  • Oral problems - such as cavities, gum abscesses, gum disease, and bad breath - can affect your overall well-being.
  • Dental Preventive Care Fitness is your ability to sustain your health and wellness and facilitate restoration to meet dental standards for fitness for duty, return to duty, and medical readiness.

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