Oral Fitness 

Oral Fitness for Energy Intake and Communication

Oral Fitness/ Dental Readiness is essential for unit readiness.

The best way to maintain oral fitness is to prevent dental disease from developing in the first place.  The mouth is a strategic resource with essential functions:

  • Energy Intake (Sustainment)
  • Communication (Operations)

Oral diseases have a disruptive effect on mobilization and sustainment operations.

  • Time treating oral diseases or injuries detracts from unit maintenance and training.
  • Soldiers who are free of oral disease are up to 8 times less likely to require dental treatment during deployment.
  • Soldiers who maximize their Oral Fitness support the Army transformation to a more responsive, lethal, agile, versatile, survivable, and sustainable force.

Decay Risk Self-Check                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you know your chances of getting tooth decay? This short 10-question tool is designed to help you find out what you can do to decrease your risk.  This tool cannot diagnose any medical or dental condition.  Please contact your dental care provider regarding any specific concerns that you may have regarding your oral health. The information that you provide is strictly confidential.

 

Topics

Leaders and Oral Fitness

Information for leaders about oral fitness to assist them in keeping Soldiers in Dental Class 1.

Oral Health and Disease Prevention

How to guard against oral disease and injury.

Oral Health for Healthcare Providers

Information for dental health care professionals regarding preventive medicine, changing oral health behavior, DENCOM prevention components, and continuing education.

Soldier Oral Fitness

Information to encourage Soldiers to practice good oral fitness and definitions of the DoD Oral Health Classification System.