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A Message from Chief Dental Officer RADM Ricks

Profession Dentist

Welcome to our page! The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health had as its major message that “oral health means much more than healthy teeth.” Oral health is integral to the overall health and well-being of all Americans. Dentists in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps promote this message every day on the front lines in providing oral health-care to some of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in America. Dental officers in the USPHS Commissioned Corps primarily serve as clinicians in the Indian Health Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Health Service Corps, but dental officers also serve non-clinical roles in program management, research, surveillance, and education in agencies such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What sets USPHS Commissioned Corps dentists apart is their leadership abilities within the profession and within public health. USPHS Commissioned Corps dental officers work with state leaders, with organized dentistry, and within their own agencies to help promote oral health, the integration of oral health and primary care, and prevention of dental disease at both a population and individual patient level. When called upon, our dental officers also assist the Nation in public health emergencies by deploying as part of the Commissioned Corps to respond to natural and man-made disasters. Whether in their day-to-day commitment to treating vulnerable populations or responding to national crises, USPHS Commissioned Corps dental officers embody the core values of our service: leadership, service, integrity, and excellence.

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