Updated: Feb 12, 2022
Can you believe the last oral health report was published over 2 decades ago by the U.S. Surgeon General?
3 years ago, I was just a D1 sitting in a public health lecture learning the findings of that report. I figured many of the same disparities still applied to our present-day populations, but still wondered what may have changed over the years.
Well, today is the day! The NIH blessed us with a report compiled by over 400 researchers that took a staggering 2 years to complete!
An incredible feat, considering the attention span of the average person on social media is about 15 seconds. 😅
Since I know 790 pages might discourage some of us from checking it out. I decided to help us out by reading, well most of it!
Now as a dental professional, you should probably browse the report when you do get a chance because I can't possibly nail all the key points and there's definitely more to the story, like planned initiatives. But for now, I guess you have to trust I interpreted everything correctly 😄.
DISCLAIMER: So I don't have to reference the same document a million times, please remember, all the data and conclusions you will see below, have obviously been obtained from the report, and they are in no way my own findings. Seems silly, but you just never know anymore.