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OH-7 Data Details

OH-7 Increase the proportion of children, adolescents, and adults who used the oral health care system in the past year Leading Health Indicators

Leading Health Indicators are a subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues.

About the Data

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

National Data Source
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
No
Measure
percent (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year)
44.5 (2007)
Target
49.0
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Number of persons aged 2 years or older who report having had a dental visit in the past 12 months
Denominator
Number of persons aged 2 years or older
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:

[NUMERATOR:]

What type of dental care provider did [PERSON] see during this visit?

[PROBE:] Any other type of dental care person? [CODE ALL THAT APPLY.]

  1. GENERAL DENTIST
  2. DENTAL HYGIENIST
  3. DENTAL TECHNICIAN
  4. DENTAL SURGEON
  5. ORTHODONTIST
  6. ENDODONTIST
  7. PERIODONTIST
  8. OTHER

What did [PERSON] have done during this visit?

[PROBE:] What else was done? [CODE ALL THAT APPLY.]

  • DIAGNOSTIC OR PREVENTATIVE
    • (1) GENERAL EXAM, CHECKUP OR CONSULTATION
    • (2) CLEANING, PROPHYLAXIS, OR POLISHING
    • (3) X-RAYS, RADIOGRAPHS, OR BITEWINGS
    • (4) FLUORIDE TREATMENT
    • (5) SEALANT (PLASTIC COATINGS ON BACK TEETH)
  • RESTORATIVE OR ENDODONTIC
    • (6) FILLINGS
    • (7) INLAYS
    • (8) CROWNS OR CAPS
    • (9) ROOT CANAL
  • PERIODONTIC (GUM TREATMENT)
    • (10) PERIODONTAL SCALING, ROOT PLANING, OR GUM SURGERY
    • (11) PERIODONTAL RECALL VISIT (PERIODIC ORREGULAR)
  • ORAL SURGERY
    • (12) EXTRACTION, TOOTH PULLED
    • (13) IMPLANTS
    • (14) ABSCESS OR INFECTION TREATMENT
    • (15) OTHER ORAL SURGERY
  • PROSTHETICS
    • (16) FIXED BRIDGES
    • (17) DENTURES OR REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURES
    • (18) RELINING OR REPAIR OF BRIDGES OR DENTURES
  • ORTHODONTICS
    • (19) ORTHODONTIA, BRACES, OR RETAINERS
    • (20) BOND, WHITEN, OR BLEACH
    • (21) TREATMENT FOR TMD OR TMJ
    • (22) OTHER
Data Collection Frequency
Annual
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Leading Health Indicator
Oral Health
Methodology Notes

MEPS data for oral health provide information on the nature of the dental visit. Subjects are interviewed on five different occasions over 15 months, so that they do not need to recall details of dental care received more than 3 months beforehand. In addition, MEPS subjects are also asked for specific information about care received at each visit.

Age Adjustment

This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

  • Total: 2-17, 18-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+
  • Sex: 2-17, 18-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+
  • Race/Ethnicity: 2-17, 18-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+
  • Educational Attainment: 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+
  • Family Income: 2-17, 18-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+
  • Disability Status: 2-17, 18-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+
  • Geographic Location: 2-17, 18-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+
  • Health Insurance Status: 2-17, 18-44, 45-54, 55-64
  • Marital Status: 18-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+
  • Obesity Status: 20-39, 40-59, 60+

References

Additional resources about the objective.

  1. From MEPS 2007. See http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb for details
  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.