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Our Vision

In 2030, we imagine a world where dental, oral, and craniofacial health and disease are understood in the context of the whole body, and research transforms how we promote health, treat disease, and overcome health disparities, so all people have the opportunity to lead healthy lives.

To achieve what we’ve imagined, we need you. Please join us in a discussion about what it will take to reach the five goals we outline below. We will use your ideas and comments to plan future workshops and research initiatives.


Browse our 2030 goals and submit your ideas.

Oral Health + Overall Health

Oral health will be fully integrated into the study of overall health through a deeper and more complex understanding of the underlying biological, behavioral, and social factors that cause disease or support health in the dental, oral, and craniofacial region and throughout the body.

End Date: May 19, 2017
Precision Health

Precision prevention, treatment, and public health interventions will be available to all people based on their unique variations in genetic, biological, behavioral, and social determinants of health. Individual and population-based dental, oral, and craniofacial prevention and treatment strategies will be scientifically-based and validated.

End Date: May 19, 2017

Prevention and treatment tactics aimed at the dental, oral, and craniofacial region will take advantage of the body’s innate ability to repair and regenerate damaged or diseased tissues. In addition, these autotherapies will be used to restore the biological balance of body systems and maintain health.

End Date: May 19, 2017
Oral Biodevices

The mouth will be used as a portal for real-time monitoring and assessment of oral health and overall health. Devices located in the dental, oral, and craniofacial region will also be able to diagnose disease and deliver local and systemic treatments.

End Date: May 19, 2017
Workforce Diversity

The dental, oral, and craniofacial research workforce will cross disciplines, draw from multiple professions, and reflect the diversity of the nation with regard to race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and socio-economic status.

End Date: May 19, 2017

Trending Ideas

Regenerative Endodontics

Ken Hargreaves

More than 15 million root canals are performed yearly by disinfection and placement of a root filling. An alternative approach would regenerate th...

Net Votes: 8   Number of Comments: 1

Biostimulation of salivary gland...

Sultan Mohammed Kaleem

Utilisation of biofeed back chip implanted in denture to promote stimulation of salivary glands to screate saliva in patients undergoing Chemothera...

Net Votes: 2   Number of Comments: 0

Neural circuitry underlying orof...

Feng Tao

Orofacial neuropathic pain, such as trigeminal neuralgia, is a debilitating neurological disorder and represents a challenge to dentists and pain s...

Net Votes: 7   Number of Comments: 4

Develop Oral Disease Vaccines


Vaccines remain one of the most potent infectious disease prevention tools. The discovery of the oral microbiome has demonstrated that communities ...

Net Votes: 6   Number of Comments: 0

About Us

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is the nation’s leading supporter of dental, oral, and craniofacial research. NIDCR is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about NIDCR, visit