Oral Health in America


Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges is a culmination of two years of research and writing by over 400 contributors. As a follow up to the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America, this report explores the nation's oral health over the last 20 years.

Oral Health in America

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Over the next several months, NIDCR will release highlights from each section of Oral Health in America. These overviews will discuss key points and offer a Q&A with section editors.

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Oral Health Across the Lifespan: Older Adults

Older Adults

The U.S. population 65 years of age and older is growing rapidly. With an aging population and increased expectations for good oral health-related quality of life, more older Americans are seeking dental care. However, many adults lose their private dental insurance when they retire, leaving them with little to no coverage during a stage of life where their need for oral healthcare may be greater than ever.

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Effect of Oral Health on the Community, Overall Well-Being, and the Economy

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Oral Health Workforce, Education, Practice, and Integration

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Pain, Mental Illness, Substance Use, and Oral Health

Read Section 5 of the Report

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Emerging Science and Promising Technologies to Transform Oral Health

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Latest Videos on Oral Health in America

A Message from Dr. Rena D'Souza

NIDCR Director Dr. Rena D’Souza shares highlights of the landmark report Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges, released to the public on December 21, 2021.

Webcast Announcement of New Report

NIDCR Director Dr. Rena D’Souza and colleagues announce release of the landmark report Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges on December 21, 2021. Panelists included senior editors Dr. Judith Albino and Dr. Bruce A. Dye, as well as Dr. Renee Joskow, senior advisor to the NIDCR director.

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Did You Know?


Nearly 1 in 5 US adults experience moderate to high dental fear and anxiety.


Dental mirror

About half of all American children do not receive regular dental care.



Periodontal (gum) disease affects more than 2 in 5 adults between the ages of 45 and 60.


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Oral Health in America

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Last Reviewed
May 2022