Oral Health in America


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NIDCR has published corrections to the original report. View the notice here.


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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Pain, Mental Health, Substance Use, and Oral Health

A word cloud highlighting pain, mental illness, and substance abuse and how they impact oral health.

Section 5 of the oral health report reflects a growing understanding of the relationship between pain, mental health concerns, substance use, and oral health.

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

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Read Section 1 of the Report

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Emerging Science and Promising Technologies to Transform Oral Health

Read Section 6 of the Report

Download the fact sheet (PDF - 299 KB)

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?

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Today’s dental workforce includes over 750,000 professionals.


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About 60 million Americans live in Health Professions Shortage Areas.


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More than half of all adolescents will experience dental caries.


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Oral Health in America

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Last Reviewed
July 2022