This report outlines what we've learned since the 2000 Surgeon General’s Oral Health Report. It describes the improvements we've made as a nation in improving oral health at a population level, and also outlines disparities and inequities in access and affordability of care that still need to be addressed.

What next?

  • Policy: Local, state, and national policies must address the systemic barriers to accessing care that many still face
  • Clinical: Integrate oral health with medical and behavioral care, including telehealth
  • Community: Create opportunities for young people to learn about careers in oral health care early on

Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
December 2021