How’s this for perspective? In the winter of 2001, Word of Mouth went to press with its rst issue just as the new president, George W. Bush, was coming to Washington; Osama bin Laden was an obscure name to most people, related to some bombings in the Middle East; and Barack Obama was a little-known Illinois state senator from Chicago. In the sports world, the New England Patriots had yet to win even one of their three Super Bowl trophies, and a Red Sox World Series victory seemed like a hopeless dream. In the world of dentistry, concerns presented in our first issue, Winter-Spring 2001, included the increasing prevalence of oral cancer related to tobacco use, the potential problems related to the youthful trend of oral piercings, and the growing trend of adult orthodontics. As the decade progressed, these topics and many more have been covered in Word of Mouth, revealing a multitude of advances, trends, and opportunities to promote oral health as it relates to overall health.