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Web Policies

Disclaimer of Endorsement and Liability

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The information on NIDCR's website may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Copyright Information

Most of the information available on the NIDCR website is within the public domain, and unless otherwise noted, may be freely downloaded and reproduced.

Please give the source credit to the NIDCR, including the publication name, the URL, and the date the document was accessed.

At times the NIDCR website may contain documents or links to documents, such as full-text journal articles, that may be copyright protected. Permission to reproduce copyrighted documents may be required.

Information Disclaimer

It is not the intention of the NIDCR to provide specific dental or medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. For dental or medical advice or answers to specific questions, NIDCR urges you to visit a qualified dentist or physician.

Linking Policy

The NIDCR links to—as appropriate—other Federal agencies, professional organizations and dental institutions, and patient advocacy groups with useful patient education information.

When linking to a non-Federal site, NIDCR uses the following criteria to evaluate the site:

  • The organization must be national in scope; it must exist as a non-profit organization or educational institution. No individually operated websites will be considered.
  • The organization's mission must relate to the goals of the NIDCR.
  • The organization must provide accurate, current science-based information that complements or enhances information on the NIDCR website.
  • The organization must have a professional advisory board.
  • The site must not contain commercial or product endorsements.
  • The site must not have an unmoderated chat room.
  • The organization must provide evidence that they review and update their site on an annual basis.
  • The site must adhere to government policies regarding privacy of user data.

Individuals or organizations wishing to link to the NIDCR website should direct their link to If a description is to be provided with the link, NIDCR would prefer the following:

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website [] provides accurate, up-to-date information about oral health, clinical trials, patient resources, research advances, and funding and training opportunities for researchers and health professionals.

Also see Disclaimer of Endorsement and Liability

External Link Disclaimer

This graphic (External Web Site Policy) means that you are leaving the NIDCR website. The NIDCR site provides links to external sites for informational purposes only. Links to external web sites do not constitute endorsement of these sites or their contents by NIDCR. Furthermore, NIDCR does not control or guarantee the currency, accuracy, or completeness of information found on linked, external sites.

When users select a link to an external website, they are subject to the privacy and security policies of the external site.

NIDCR does not guarantee that linked, external websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

NIDCR cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials published on linked, external websites. Users must request authorization from the sponsors of those external sites.

Web Accessibility Policy

We have endeavored to make the NIDCR website accessible to all users. The website complies with Section 508 standards and is compatible with screen readers and other assistive technologies. However, this is an ongoing process and it is possible that some users may encounter problems accessing some pages. For questions about NIDCR's continuing efforts to make its web-based information accessible to all users, or to report an accessibility problem on any pages, please e-mail the NIDCR Webmaster.

Privacy Policy Statement

For information about NIDCR's privacy policy, please see:

Kids' Privacy

For information about Kids' Privacy on the NIDCR website see:

The No Fear Act

The Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act (Public Law No. 107-174) became effective on October 1, 2003. Its intent is to increase federal agency accountability for acts of discrimination or reprisal against employees. This act requires that federal agencies post on their public websites certain summary statistical data relating to equal employment opportunity complaints filed against the respective agencies.

In accordance with this act, statistical information relating to NIH equal employment opportunity complaints is available on the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Management website.

Intrusion Detection

This is a U.S. Government computer system. Under Title 18 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, it is illegal to use this resource for any other purpose than its intended use as a World Wide Web server for the dissemination of public information from the NIDCR. By accessing this computer system you are consenting to system monitoring by law enforcement and other purposes. Unauthorized use of, or access to, this computer system may subject you to criminal prosecution and penalties.

This page last updated: August 31, 2012