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Major oral health disparities exist in San Antonio among its residents, according to the first oral health report conducted by a U. S. surgeon general. The report, released Thursday, May 25, lists San Antonio among several U.S. cities with such disparities and makes an association between a number of factors, such as non-fluoridated water, and the overall oral health status of the citiesí residents.

Cities with significant minority populations are more likely to include large numbers of residents with poor oral health, the study indicates.

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), which includes The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonioís Dental School, will work closely with the surgeon generalís committee to identify ways to educate the community about better dental care.

Note to reporters: To ask specific questions about the surgeon generalís report, please call Susan Johnson, Office of Communications and Health Education, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, at (301) 496-4260.

Contact: Myong Covert