Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Oral Health (2005)

July 2005

Racial and ethnic disparities in oral health are common, considerable, and consequential. They manifest as inequitable differences in oral health status, access to dental care, extent of dental coverage, and workforce. While many of these differences also relate to socioeconomic status, many persist even after considering income, education, and other social factors. Racial and ethnic disparities often belie differences in opportunities to obtain and maintain oral health. 

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