This Special Issue on Children's Oral Health contains the background papers prepared for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Summit on Children's Oral Health (, convened to assess progress made in meeting the recommendations of the 2000 Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. Launched with a seed grant provided to the AAP by Procter and Gamble, this project grew to include the Summit and the publication of the background papers in this Special Issue of Academic Pediatrics (also available online at:
      This project would not have been possible without the help and contributions of many people. In particular, I would like to thank the original members of the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health for their guidance and advice: Drs Harold Slavkin, Caswell Evans Jr, Dushanka Kleinman and William Maas, and Joan Wilentz, editor of the original report and assistant to this project. In addition, I would like to thank guest editor Dr Rebecca L. Slayton for her invaluable assistance, and dental education expert Dr Dominick DePaola for his ever-present support and help in this process. I would also like to thank Dr Peter Szilagyi, editor-in-chief and Sheila Bloom, editorial associate, of Academic Pediatrics, and their staff, for their enormous effort in producing this volume on such a short timeline; the American Academy of Pediatrics Oral Health Initiative and the Section on Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health; and AAP Staff person Wendy Nelson, whose vision and dedication ensured the success of this project.
      Special appreciation is extended to all the funders who made this project possible, especially Delta Dental and Proctor and Gamble. The agenda and additional papers and materials prepared for the National Summit on Children's Oral Health which could not be included in this publication due to space are also available at the Summit website.
      The following agencies and organizations contributed to the funding of the National Summit on Children's Oral Health and related activities through generous financial and in-kind-contributions:
      Major Sponsors
      Delta Dental
      Procter and Gamble
      Dental Trade Alliance Foundation
      Washington Dental Service, Washington Dental Service Foundation and the Oral Health Institute
      Supporting Sponsors
      (listed in alphabetical order)
      American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
      American Dental Association
      DentaQuest Foundation
      Henry Schein, Inc
      Leadership Education in Pediatric Dentistry, University of Washington School of Dentistry
      The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Health Resources and Services Administration)
      Maternal and Child Health Program, University of Washington School of Public Health
      Oral Heath America
      The Pew Charitable Trusts
      The Santa Fe Group
      University of Washington School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry