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OH-8 Data Details

OH-8 Increase the proportion of low-income children and adolescents who received any preventive dental service during the past year

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
Yes
Measure
percent 
Baseline (Year)
30.2 (2007)
Target
33.2
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Number of persons aged 2 to 18 years at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level who received a preventive dental visit during the last year
Denominator
Number of persons aged 2 to 18 years at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level
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
  • ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES
    • (20) BOND, WHITEN, OR BLEACH
    • (21) TREATMENT FOR TMD OR TMJ
    • (22) OTHER
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
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. This indicator defines a preventive dental visit as one in which the patient received a dental sealant, a fluoride treatment or a dental prophylaxis (professional tooth cleaning by a dental hygienist or dentist).

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

In 2012, the original baseline was revised from 26.7 to 30.2 percent when children aged 0-1 years were excluded from the objective statement and to correct an error in coding the upper age limit. The target was adjusted from 29.4 to 33.2 percent to reflect the revised baseline using the orginal target-setting method.

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.