Surgeon General Commissions 2020 Report on Oral Health


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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Public Health Service’s Oral Health Coordinating Committee have commissioned a new Surgeon General's Report on oral health.

The NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is the main federal organization working with the Surgeon General to produce the report. 

The purpose of this report will be to document progress in oral health since publication in 2000 of the first Surgeon General’s Report on oral health. The new report will also describe key issues that currently affect oral health, identify challenges and opportunities that have emerged since publication of the first report, articulate a vision for the future, and call upon all Americans to take action.

For more information, see the Federal Register Notice (July 27, 2018).

Public Comments Invited Through January 25, 2019

Interested persons or organizations are invited to submit written views on oral health, including the importance of poor oral health as a public health issue, contemporary issues affecting oral health, new knowledge that may transform the oral health of the nation, and future directions. NIDCR is also interested in receiving examples of partnerships or coalitions that have demonstrated improvement of oral health and well-being of individuals, families, or communities. 

Please note that comments received, including any supplemental material provided with the comments, are part of the public record and are subject to public disclosure. Do not include any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.

NIDCR will carefully consider all comments submitted and may include relevant information in the upcoming Surgeon General’s Report on oral health.


To Submit Comments: 

Deadline: January 25, 2019



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