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Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General

In addition to a lack of awareness of the importance of oral health among the public, the report found a significant disparity between racial and socioeconomic groups in regards to oral health and ensuing overall health issues. Based upon these findings, the Surgeon General called for action to promote access to oral-health care for all Americans, especially the disadvantaged and minority children found to be at greatest risk for severe medical complications resulting from minimal oral care and treatment.

[Note: forthcoming in 2003 is Lawrence, H.P., and Leake, J.L. "The U.S. Surgeon-General's Report on Oral Health in America--A Canadian Perspective" in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association,}