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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. 

Percentage of adults aged 18 or older who have lost all of their natural teeth by age group

Data from the National Health Interview Study 2000-2017

White paper on endodontic care

This 2019 paper from the Geneva-based FDI World Dental Federation offers data on the global burden of oral disease. It also outlines prevention strategies, treatment approaches and challenges to expanding access to endodontic care.

Dental therapy in Minnesota

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.

Longterm Trends in Health

Health, United States, 2016, Data from the National Center on Health Statistics

Dental caries in children

Water Fluoridation and Dental Caries in U.S. Children and Adolescents: Results of a large scale study using federal data published in June 2018. 

Prevalence of Total and Untreated Dental Caries Among Youth: United States, 2015–2016, National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief Number 307, April 2018

Dental education

A collection of data related to United States dental schools, enrollment and educational costs from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute.

Tobacco-related disparities

Data on tobacco use and morbidity across population groups and regions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Annual Drinking Water Quality Reports

The Enviromental Protection Agency offers consumers a portal where they can look up water quality reports from their communities.

Dental care utilization in the United States

An infographic based upon an analysis of public and private insurance data from the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute.

Recommendations for the Future of CHIP and Children’s Coverage 

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) performance and funding data from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.

Treatment Needs and Costs Associated With Transmandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)

Facial pain data from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Reimbursement rates

Medicaid Fee-For-Service Reimbursement Rates for Child and Adult Dental Care Services for all States, 2016

Oral health and people with disabilities

A Tip Sheet for Public Health Professionals: This resource includes state-by-state data comparing the prevalence of dental visits among adults with and without disabilities.

Oral Health Status of 4,732 Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Study from the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Characteristics of Dental Practices

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

The full text of an important 2011 systematic review published in the Dental Research Journal.

Overview of the Public Health Burden of Prescription Drug and Heroin Overdoses

A presentation of data from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. 

Consumption of added sugar among U.S. children and adolescents

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 

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

Oral Health and Well-Being in the United States

A report from the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute summarizes data on self-reported oral health status, attitudes and dental care utilization among United States adults based upon a household survey.

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

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Global Oral Health Indicators Table

Global Oral Health Indicators Table from FDI World Dental Federation.

National Health Care Expenditure Projections

National Health Care Expenditure Projections 2014-2024 (including dental) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Dental Caries and Tooth Loss in Adults in the United States, 2011–2012

National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, No. 197, May 2015. New data on adult tooth decay from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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

Dental Caries and Sealant Prevalence in Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2011–12: This brief includes key findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Disparities in caries continue to persist for some race and ethnic groups in the United States. Prevalence of dental sealants – applied to the tooth chewing surfaces to help prevent caries – has also varied among sociodemographic groups. This report describes U.S. youth dental caries and sealant prevalence by race and Hispanic origin for 2011–12.

Survival rates of oral cancer

Oral cancer five-year survival rates by race, gender, and stage of diagnosis from the National Institutes of Health.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

The Prevalence of Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder; Data from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Water fluoridation data and statistics (CDC)

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’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.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Workforce data for dentists and dental hygienists.

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

Using data from the federal Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, this 2013 report from the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Resource Center analyzes how public and private dental benefit coverage has changed for Americans over recent years.

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.

Here is where to find the MEPS data for Dental Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas

The U.S. Department of Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration maintains a map and tables of Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas across the country.

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.) 

Falling Short: Most States Lag On Dental Sealants

A 2013 report by The Pew Charitable Trusts takes a state-by-state look at access to sealants among needy children.

Healthy People 2010 Database

The Healthy People 2010 Database is searchable by a number of health indicators including oral health.

Human-Papilloma–virus-associated oropharyngeal cancer

Thousands of cases of oropharyngeal cancers in recent years have been attributable to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)

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

2013 Annual Report on the Quality of Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP: Contains state-level data on Medicaid and CHIP pediatric services and quality measures as well as comparisons to previous years.

The 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.

Water Fluoridation

Find state-by-state data on populations served by community water fluoridation programs based on the 2010 census, compiled by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

State-by-state fluoridation statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oral Health Atlas

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.

Oral Health Indicators

CDC's National Oral Health Surveillance System: Includes tables of oral health indicators state-by-state

Perinatal care

Births Financed by Medicaid as a Percent of State Births: A state-by-state map from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation