Oral health in America: a report of the Surgeon General

J Calif Dent Assoc. 2000 Sep;28(9):685-95.


The U.S. surgeon general released this year the nation's first official report on oral health. This document elaborates on the meaning of oral health and explains why oral health is essential to general health and well-being. We have reprinted here an abridged version of the report's Executive Summary. The full report can be accessed at.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minority Groups
  • Mouth Diseases / epidemiology
  • Mouth Diseases / prevention & control
  • Oral Health*
  • Poverty
  • Quality of Life
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • Tooth Diseases / epidemiology
  • Tooth Diseases / prevention & control
  • United States / epidemiology
  • United States Public Health Service*