This page features resources providing comprehensive information on children’s oral health status ranging from dental caries and periodontal disease to access to preventive dental services, including socio-demographic indicators for oral health disparities such as economic status, geographic location, race and ethnicity.
Untreated Caries Rates Falling Among Children, Rising Among Low-Income Adults and Seniors, American Dental Association, September 2016.
Untreated caries rates are declining for children, especially low-income populations. This infographic from the ADA Health Policy Institute reports the prevalence of untreated caries by age group, including children ages 5 to 18.
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Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care, June 2015.
Commissioned by the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health, this white paper presents an organizing framework for delivering preventive oral health care in the primary care setting and improving the structure of referrals from primary care to dentistry.
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The POHRPC Offers Commentary On CDC Report
The AAPD provided commentary on the report, Dental Caries and Sealant Prevalence in Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2011-2012, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics. Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo stated, "Of particular interest is the 5 percent decrease in which 23 percent of children ages 2 to 5 years had caries in primary teeth. This suggests that more very young children are receiving care, most likely due to the increased number of pediatric dentists, as well as improvements in Medicaid dental programs in some states."
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Changes in Children’s Oral Health Status and Receipt of Preventive Dental Visits, United States, 2003–2011/2012. Prevention of Chronic Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, December 2013
This study examines changes in parent-reported children’s oral health status and preventive dental visits in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The percentage of parents who reported that their children had preventive dental visits increased from 72 percent in 2003 to 77 percent in 2011-2012. State variation in oral health status and receipt of preventive dental services remained after adjusting for demographic characteristics.
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Oral Health Disparities as Determined by Selected Healthy People 2020 Oral Health Objectives for the United States, 2009–2010. National Center for Health Statistics, August 2012
The Healthy People 2020 initiative serves as a roadmap for tracking the nation’s health, including oral health ranging from dental caries and periodontal disease to access to preventive dental services and program infrastructure. The report found that influential socio-demographic indicators for oral health disparities are poverty status, race and ethnicity. For example, approximately one in four children aged three to five and six to nine living in poverty had untreated dental caries.
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Selected Oral Health Indicators in the United States, 2005–2008. National Center for Health Statistics, May 2012
The prevalence of dental caries has been declining in the United States, mostly due to better prevention, improvements in treatment techniques, and patient attitudes regarding tooth preservation. However, the magnitude of the decline has varied across different population groups during the past two decades. This report describes the prevalence of untreated dental caries, existing dental restorations, dental sealants, and tooth loss in the United States by poverty level, age, race and ethnicity in 2005–2008.
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2015 Child Snapshot
This presentation provides information about key national indicators of child health and well-being. Data sources are identified that provide comprehensive information on economic status, demographics, safety and health of America’s children. Information relating to access and utilization of dental services is presented.
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AAPD Dental Home Page
State of Little Teeth Report
Prenatal Oral Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Oral Health Information
American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures
Children's Dental Health Project
Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource Center
Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
National Oral Health Policy Center
NIDCR Special Care Resources