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OH-3.1 Data Details

OH-3.1 Reduce the proportion of adults aged 35 to 44 years with untreated dental decay

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
No
Measure
percent 
Baseline (Year)
27.8 (1999-2004)
Target
25.0
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Number of adults aged 35 to 44 years with coronal caries that have not been restored in at least one permanent tooth
Denominator
Number of adults aged 35 to 44 years with at least one permanent tooth present and valid coronal caries codes for at least one permanent tooth
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Untreated dental decay is defined as the presence of untreated caries. Caries is the disease that causes tooth decay and can lead to cavities in teeth. This indicator is tracked using the Oral Health Examination component of the Continuous National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, collected since 1999. The measurement protocol has been described. Data on missing primary teeth are not captured by NHANES. Indicators of caries in primary teeth omit missing teeth to avoid potential misclassification of teeth lost to natural exfoliation as missing due to caries.

References

Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Dye BA, Barker, LK, Selwitz RH, Lewis BG, Wu T, Fryar CD, et al. Overview and quality assurance for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) oral health component, 1999–2002. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 35:140–51. 2007.
  2. Vargas, C.; Schober, S.; and Gift, H. Operational definitions for year 2000 objectives: Priority area 13, Oral Health. Healthy People 2000 Statistical Notes, No. 12. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 1997.