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Notice to Readers: Publication of Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health

On May 25, 2000, the Surgeon General issued Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. The report identifies the essential role of oral health in overall health and well-being. Although oral health has improved since 1950, disparities in oral health status and access to care affect many persons, including those with low income and members of racial/ethnic minority groups. Safe and effective measures for preventing oral disease such as the use of fluoridated water or dental sealants are underutilized. Actions called for by the report include increasing awareness of the importance of oral health as part of general health; accelerating the building of the science base and applying it more effectively to improve oral health; strengthening the local, state, and federal capacity to perform core public health functions; removing barriers between people and receipt of oral health services; and using public-private partnerships to improve the oral health of those who still suffer disproportionately from oral diseases.

Additional information, a copy of the report, and ordering information are available on the World-Wide Web at Additional information is available on the Web at, or by telephone at (887) 232-2020.

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