PDF: Women’s oral health across the life span


The importance of women’s oral health and its association with overall systemic health cannot be overemphasized.


Poor oral health can have several detrimental effects on a woman’s health across her life span.


This article reviews the literature and describes how nurses, nurse practitioners, and nurse-midwives can incorporate oral cavity examinations into their care of women. 

Almost two decades ago, in the preface to a landmark report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2000, paragraph 2), the former U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher, described a “silent epidemic” of dental and oral diseases that significantly affected various population groups.

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The health of the mouth reflects general health and well-being; thus, poor oral health among the U.S. population can have a substantial impact on the overall health of U.S. citizens and the nation.



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