Evidence shows glaring racial disparities in oral health, with nearly 1 in 6 (16%) Black adults reporting the loss of six teeth or more from tooth decay or gum disease. This percentage is much higher than that reported among white (12%), Hispanic (9%), and Asian (3%) adults.

A 2022 “State of Oral Health Equity in America” survey found more than half (55%) of adults in the U.S. reported some type of oral health problem. This finding is troubling; it also represents an opportunity to break oral health out of its silo.

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