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The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on dental, oral and craniofacial health and disease. NIDCR is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Our mission is to improve dental, oral and craniofacial health through research and research training, and by sharing science-based health information with the public and health care professionals.

How NIDCR Accomplishes Its Mission

  • Scientists supported by NIDCR use the latest molecular and genetic tools to conduct research on the full spectrum of topics related to dental, oral, and craniofacial health and disease. Among the areas of study are: oral cancer; chronic pain conditions; infectious diseases, including tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease; salivary gland function and dysfunction; craniofacial development and disorders; tissue engineering; and the relationship between oral health and general well-being.
  • NIDCR supports training and career development programs for everyone from high school students to independent scientists.
  • NIDCR shares research findings with the public, health care professionals, and policy makers. Institute staff also produce and distribute health education materials for consumers as well as dentists, physicians, and other health care providers.

Read about our research priorities in the NIDCR Strategic Plan


The MPWRM Resource Center is supported in part by the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U24DE026915. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.