We are working to gather raw data for your own analysis and to pinpoint trustworthy outside sources of data, analysis and summaries that you can use in your reporting. Below are data sources that can assist you in covering oral health.
A National Study of the Practice Characteristics of Women in Dentistry and Potential Impacts on Access to Care for Underserved Communities: Data from the University at Albany SUNY-based Oral Health Workforce Research Center
2020’s States with the Best and Worst Dental Health
The annual report card, offered by the consumer finance website WalletHub, employs data sets that reflect various oral health indicators.
A 2018 update on the progress of the state’s innovative workforce expansion effort from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care
White paper commissioned by the National Interprofessional Initiative on Health weighs the costs and benefits of addressing the longstanding divide between the nation’s dental and primary care systems.
Trends in Human Papilloma-Virus Associated Cancers – United States 1999-2015
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by sex, cancer type and age group. Released August 2018, the report concludes that oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma is now the most common HPV-associated cancer.
An Oral Health Benefit in Medicare Part B: Time to Include Oral Health in Health Care
This July 2018 white paper features data and analysis from a consortium of nonprofit groups supporting the addition of a dental benefit to Medicare.
New Study: No Neurotoxic Effect
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a useful summary of a 2018 study that re-examined potential neurotoxic effects of fluoride exposure.
Published in Excel format by the American Dental Association (ADA), these tables include data on net income, gross billings, practice expenses, characteristics of private dental practices and employment of dental practice personnel. Reported data are based on results of the ADA’s annual survey of dental practice.
Healthy People 2020 Midcourse Review
This January 2017 report from the National Center for Health Statistics looks at the status of efforts to improve American health across a range of areas. In terms of reducing tooth decay and getting treatment and preventive services, overall progress has been made, yet disparities remain among racial groups, the report finds.
Association between food intake and oral health in elderly
Child and Adult Core Health Care Quality Measurement Sets
The sets include data submitted by states to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and are used as measures of the quality of a range of health care services provided to children and adults enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. They are updated annually. More about the Core Sets and links to the latest data can be found here.
Estimating the Cost of Introducing a Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit in 22 States
A report from the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute.
“Reaching a Spending Plateau?”
Health Care Costs 101, 2015 Edition The California HealthCare Foundation’s analysis of government data offers insights into how America spends its health care dollars. The study looks at spending on many types of health care, including dental care.
“More Dental Benefit Options in 2015 Health Insurance Marketplaces”
The American Dental Association Health Policy Institute offers a 2015 analysis of federal data related to the expansion of dental benefits being offered for sale on health insurance exchanges.
Combustible and Smokeless Tobacco Use Among High School Athletes – United States, 2001-2013
Chronic Disease Indicators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Chronic Disease Indicators (including oral health) are used by states and territories to uniformly define, collect, and report chronic disease data that are important to public health practice. The site includes a drop down menu to sort results by indicator and jurisdiction.
National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief from March 2015
National data resources on community water fluoridation maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dental information from the latest National Health Interview Survey results (2012)
This 2014 summary of health statistics for American adults from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes a trove of information gathered during the 2012 National Health Interview Survey including, table XXI, page 158, data on the length of time that has elapsed since the last dental visit broken down by factors including gender, age and race.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Oral Health Initiative (OHI) Baseline Goals
This table provides state-by-state OHI baseline goals for children receiving preventative dental services in fiscal year 2015.
The Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Data Resource Center (DRC)
The Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Data Resource Center (DRC), cosponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Oral Health, offers a storehouse of historical dental, oral, and craniofacial data for the oral health research community, clinical practitioners, public health planners and policy makers, advocates, and the general public.
Nursing Home Compare
Medicare.gov’s Nursing Home Compare is a source of information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. AHCJ has reduced key elements in Nursing Compare data into a more manageable format, using Excel spreadsheets.
Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2014
According to data included in this April 2014 Morbidity and Mortality Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014. Earlier: A fall 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, using data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, finds an increase in the use of electronic cigarettes by middle and high school students.
Health Insurance Marketplace: February Enrollment Report
This February 2014 report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is the latest in a series of issue briefs highlighting national and state level enrollment-related information for the Health Insurance Marketplace.
On page 13, we get an early glimpse of consumer interest in dental benefits in states with federally facilitated marketplaces. In those states, according to this report, 21.8 percent of all enrollees (421,941) selected a standalone dental plan in addition to their medical plan. Page 26 offers gender breakdown. Page 30 gives insight into the ages of standalone dental beneficiaries. At the point these findings were compiled, 4 percent of the enrollees in the standalone dental plans (18,764) were in the 0-17 year-old group covered by the pediatric dental benefit under the Affordable Care Act.
Dental Benefits Continue to Expand for Children, Remain Stable for Working-Age Adults
The report finds that more children had dental benefits in 2011 than in 2000; that more working-age adults are going without dental benefits compared to 2000 (although the rate did not change significantly between 2010 and 2011) and that among the elderly, the percentage with private dental benefits has remained steady from 2000 through 2010.
Dental Therapists in New Zealand: What the Evidence Shows
This brief, from the Pew Charitable Trusts, offers a look at New Zealand’s use of dental therapists to provide care for children, and explores the use of the model in the United States. It includes data for health outcomes for children in both countries. (An earlier version of this brief used mislabeled data from a 2012 report produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, to compare dental health outcomes for children in the United States and New Zealand. According to Pew, this brief and the original CDC source report have been revised and corrected.)
A map produced by the CDC shows Human-Papilloma–Virus-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer Rates by State.
An accompanying 2012 CDC report, “Human Papillomavirus–Associated Cancers — United States, 2004–2008,” finds that oropharyngeal cancers, primarily at the base of the tongue and tonsils, are the second most common, after cervical cancer. The report provides information from an analysis of data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. An average of 33,369 HPV-associated cancers were diagnosed annually including 11,726 cases of oropharyngeal cancers.
The NCHHSTP Atlas offers a tool for accessing data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions' National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).
This interactive platform allows users to observe trends and patterns by creating detailed reports, maps, and other graphics. Currently, the Atlas provides interactive maps, graphs, tables, and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis surveillance data down to a county level. It requires Adobe Flashplayer 10.0 or later to use.
Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Dental Services
The Medicaid.gov site, maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, includes data gathered from CMS-416 forms used to collect basic state-by-state information on Medicaid and CHIP programs under the EPSDT or Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program.
Births Financed by Medicaid as a Percent of State Births A state-by-state map from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
This July 2013 report published in the Medicare and Medicaid Research Review, a peer-reviewed online journal, includes state-by-state data reflecting percentages of Medicaid children getting care.
The Oral Health Atlas, compiled by the World Dental Federation, includes this World Table that lists the federation’s best estimates for things like number of dentists and disease burdens for different countries around the world.