TU-9.3 Increase tobacco screening in dental care settings

National Data Source
Survey of Dental Practice (SDP); American Dental Association (ADA)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
52.9 (2010)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of general practice dentists who reported that they or their dental team usually or always ask patients if they use tobacco.
Number of general practice dentists.
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2010 American Dental Association’s Survey of Dental Practice:

Please use the following rating scale to answer the following question: During the past week, how often did you or your dental team personally ask patients if they use tobacco?

1= Always
2= Usually
3= Sometimes
4= Rarely
5= Never

Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable


Methodology Notes

Asking patients if they use tobacco is defined as dentists or their dental teams who responded with a “1” (always) or “2” (usually).

Dental teams include dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.

1495 general dentists returned the survey out of 4725 mailed the survey for a response rate of 31.6% (this is the unit response rate or overall specific to general dentists).

1035 and 1036 general practice dentists responded to the questions about screening. , respectively. Of the full sample, the item response rate was 21.9% for both questions (1035/4725). and 1036/4725).

Among the 1495 general practice dentists who returned the survey, the item response rates was 69.2% and 69.3%, respectively. (1035/1495) and 1036/1495).

The overall crude and adjusted response rates for the survey in 2010 were 27.3% and 29.2% accordingly. A low response rate may yield a biased estimate from the survey if the responders and non-responders are inherently different.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

This objective was moved from developmental to measurable in 2013.