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Oral Health Data & Reports

The Oral Health Program collects data on the oral health status of people in Ohio and their ability to get dental care. Learn more by reading this fact sheet. Data are used to measure the amount of dental disease over time and track whether the oral health of people in Ohio is getting better. The Oral Health Program has developed a plan to direct its oral health surveillance activities for the next five years.

State Data

Oral Health Status of Ohio Schoolchildren, 2017-18

The Ohio Department of Health conducted an oral health screening survey of third grade schoolchildren in 2017-18. This data brief describes findings from the survey.

Oral Health Status of Ohioans, 2019

This 2019 PowerPoint presentation summarizes statewide data on the oral health status and access to dental care among Ohioans. Included are results of the most recent oral health screening survey of schoolchildren conducted in 2017-18.

Oral Health Status of Preschool-Aged Children, 2016-17

The Ohio Department of Heath (ODH) conducted an oral health screening survey of preschool-age children during the 2016-17 school year. Learn more about how this survey was conducted and the overall results.

County-Level Oral Health Status of School-Aged Children,

Since 1987, the Oral Health program has conducted statewide oral health screening surveys of schoolchildren in hundreds of public schools in Ohio about every five years. The following data briefs summarize findings from a county-level screening survey of third-grade schoolchildren that was conducted during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. 

Overall Findings
Access to Dental Care
Disparities in Oral Health
Findings for Ohio Counties

A one-page infographic is also available.

Oral Health of Children in Appalachian Ohio

View this infographic on the disparity in oral health among children who live in the 32-county region of Appalachian Ohio.

Oral Health of Adults in Ohio

Ohio participates in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The BRFSS is a nationwide random-digit dial telephone survey sponsored by the CDC that tracks health practices, health conditions and risk behaviors of adults 18 years and older in the United States. The BRFSS monitors the behaviors associated with major causes of preventable morbidity and mortality in the adult population of Ohio, e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and injuries. The BRFSS is the only source of data available on the oral health status of Ohio adults. While the BRFSS is conducted annually, questions related to oral health are only asked every two years. Oral health questions were most recently asked in 2018, and relate to two indicators:
•          Length of time since the last visit to a dental office.
•          Permanent teeth removed because of tooth decay or gum disease.

Getting Dental Care

Findings of the 2019 Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey show that, regardless of income, getting dental care remains the most common unmet health care need among children, and is second only to prescription drug coverage as the greatest unmet health care need among adults. Click on the Adult or Child dashboard button to access the most recent recent data.

Oral Cancer

NEW – Cancer in Ohio 2020 provides Ohio-specific data and information on cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx incidence and mortality, trends, stage at diagnosis, risk factors, signs and symptoms, early detection, treatment, and survival.

Ohio Annual Cancer Report 2020 presents age-adjusted incidence and mortality rates for cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx for 2017. County-level data and cancer trends for 2008-2017 are also available.

Tobacco Use

Visit the ODH Tobacco Data and Statistics Web page to access information about the use of tobacco among Ohioans.

National Data

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Oral Health Data 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains Oral Health Data, a website that includes data from the National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS). The NOHSS is a joint effort between CDC's Division of Oral Health and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. The NOHSS monitors the amount of oral disease, use of oral health care services, and the status of community water fluoridation on both a national and state level.

Prevalence of Tooth Decay and Sealants Among US Youth

Prevalence of Total and Untreated Dental Caries Among Youth: United States, 2015–2016

Dental Caries and Sealant Prevalence in Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2011-2012

Other National Data

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports oral health data by topic and population.

The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health offers an interactive query to search for national, regional and state oral health data.  

Other Reports and Publications

Oral Health Policy

Healthy People 2030 sets forth goals and objectives for the nation's improved health, and includes the statistical basis for each objective and guidance for its implementation.

Advancing Oral Health in America, Institute of Medicine, 2011

Improving Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, Institute of Medicine, 2011

Archived Data Briefs and Reports

Partnering to Improve Access to Oral Health in Ohio, November, 2013

Hills and Valleys: The Challenge of Improving Oral Health in Appalachian Ohio, 2012

Oral Health Isn't Optional! A Report on the Oral Health of Ohioans and Their Access to Dental Care, 2011

How to Collect Oral Health Data

One of the most common ways to learn about the oral health of a community is to do an oral health screening survey. This survey can measure the amount and type of oral diseases that people have, such as tooth decay, gum disease or cancer of the mouth. It can also tell you if people can get dental care when they need it, and what types of problems they have trying to get dental care.

An oral health screening survey finds obvious dental disease. The screening is not a thorough dental exam. It can be done not only by dentists and dental hygienists but also by non-dental health care workers, such as school nurses (depending on what oral health data you want to collect.)   

Dental screening at school
This photo shows a child getting a dental screening at school.

Basic Screening Surveys

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to produce The ASTDD Basic Screening Survey of Children. The Oral Health Program at the Ohio Department of Health led the development of the first edition of this tool in 1999. Each set of this tool contains a CD, DVD and reference guide for training. The ASTDD also offers The ASTDD Basic Screening Survey for Older Adults, which includes a CD of the survey manual and a DVD for training.

A Note about Dental Screening in Schools

Some schools conduct oral health screening. This screening is different from screening surveys in that it is conducted to identify students who need to be referred for dental care. They are much like screening to detect vision or hearing problems. The Oral Health Program offers guidelines for conducting oral health screening in schools.  A training DVD is also available. A single copy of the guidelines, DVD and pocket guide can be ordered using this order form.