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.
Oral Health Status of Preschool-Aged Children
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.
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 most recent findings are from a screening survey of third-grade schoolchildren that was conducted during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Listed below are data briefs that summarize the major findings of this screening survey.
•Access to Dental Care
•Disparities in Oral Health
•Findings for Ohio Counties
A one-page infographic is also available.
During the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, the department conducted a state-level survey of third-grade schoolchildren at 65 schools across the state. Data collection ended in November 2018 and results will be available this spring.
Oral Health of Children in Appalachian Ohio
Getting Dental Care
Findings of the 2015 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.
Ohio Annual Cancer Report 2018 presents age-adjusted incidence and mortality rates for cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx. County-level data are also available.
Visit the ODH Tobacco Data and Statistics Web page to access information about the use of tobacco among Ohioans.
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a survey of students in grades nine through 12 that asks about behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disease and injury among youths. The most recent Ohio data are for 2013. Questions about visiting the dentist are also asked.
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
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 2020 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
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.)
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 is in the process of updating guidelines for conducting oral health screening in schools.