National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is an authoritative source for basic oral and dental health information. The website covers common disorders like gum disease, tooth decay, dry mouth, and more. However, the site lacks breadth, and several topics are not detailed.

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Review Date: 11/1/2018


Ease of Use

The website features large font that is easy to read and understand. Visitors will have little trouble using the site's content headings, which organize materials by topic, audience, and type.

Visual Design

The visual design is professional, but few of the in-depth pages contain images or other multimedia materials to keep visitors engaged.


The information on this website is less useful than that found on other similar sites. For one, the information lacks both depth and breadth, and will require users to seek out other resources to put the information in context. Additionally, there is a limited reliability given the lack of author citations and scholarly references.


No authors or editors are credited for generating content, although U.S. government sponsorship provides some credibility. The website was last reviewed in February 2018.


  1. Reliable and up-to-date information about many oral health and dental topics
  2. Links to additional information and helpful resources
  3. Topics are written in a user-focused manner


  1. The content is relevant, but level of detail is inadequate to satisfy most users' needs
  2. Lacks images that would increase usefulness of the information


Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Patient resources, downloadable fact sheets, newsletter, research, clinical trials, news

Languages: English, Spanish