A special supplement to the American Journal of Public Health explores oral health inequities among vulnerable populations and the need to diversify the health work force to close the gaps.

As the nation continues to grapple with how to make health care available and affordable, it is clear that oral health continues to be treated as a stepchild. This special issue of AJPH shows that despite gains made in the past two decades, poor oral health is a silent epidemic that continues to affect  low-income communities and communities of color, in particular children, who are among our most vulnerable citizens.

Funding for this issue was provided by Community Voices:Healthcare for the Underserved at Morehouse School of Medicine and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The online supplement can be found here.