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William D. Bailey

Delta Dental Endowed Chair in the Prevention of Early Childhood Caries

Willam D. Bailey

Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health
Mail Stop F843
13065 E 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-724-8698
Fax: 303-724-7079


    • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Colorado
    • Master of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • Bachelor of Arts, San Diego State University

Honors and Awards:

    • Diplomate, American Board of Dental Public Health
    • Fellow, American College of Dentists
    • President’s Award, American Dental Association
    • President’s Award, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
    • Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Award
    • HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award
    • Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service

Department Affiliations:

Community Dentistry and Population Health

Research Interest:

    • Public Health Practice
    • Oral Health Epidemiology

Recent Publications:

  • Griffin SO, Griffin PM, Li CH, Bailey WD, Brunson D, Jones JA. Changes in older adults' oral health and disparities: 1999--2004 and 2011—2016. J Am Geriatr Soc. June 2019.
  • Hornsby W, Bailey W, Braun P, Weiss K, Heichelbech J. Busting the Baby Teeth Myth and Increasing Children’s Consumption of Tap Water: Building Public Will for Children’s Oral Health in Colorado. Front. Pub Health, Sept 2017.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Federal Panel on Community Water Fluoridation, U.S. Public Health Service Recommendation for Fluoride Concentration in Drinking Water for the Prevention of Dental Caries, Public Health Reports, July-Aug 2015.
  • Bailey, W. Public-private partnership: complementary efforts to improve oral health. Jour Calif Dent Assoc. 2014 Apr; 42(4):249-52.
  • Griffin SO, Jones JA, Brunson D, Griffin PM, Bailey WD.  Burden of oral disease among older adults and implications for public health priorities. Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar;102(3):411-8.
  • Bailey W. Improving dental care: the intersection of private and public health practice. Journal of Evidence Based Dentistry, Jun;12(2):50-2, 2012.
  • Bailey, W. The need for leadership in improving oral health. J Am Coll Dent. 2010 Winter;77(4):8-10.
  • Bailey WD. Community Water Fluoridation (Chapter 11), In NO Harris et al., eds., Primary Preventive Dentistry 7th edition; Upper Saddle River,N.J.:Pearson, 2009.
  • Bailey W, Duchon K, Barker L, Maas W, MMWR – Populations receiving optimally fluoridated public drinking water – United States, 1992-2006, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR 2008;57:737-741.
  • Gooch BF, Bailey W.  Fluoride Isn’t Just for Kids.  Dental Abstracts, 2005.


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