OH-1.2 Reduce the proportion of children aged 6 to 9 years with dental caries experience in their primary and permanent teeth

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)
54.4 (1999-2004)
Target
49.0
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Number of children aged 6 to 9 years with coronal caries or presence of filling observed in at least one primary tooth or permanent tooth, or evidence of a missing tooth due to caries
Denominator
Number of children aged 6 to 9 years with valid coronal caries codes for at least one primary or permanent tooth
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective

Comments

Methodology Notes

Caries experience is defined as the presence of either untreated or treated (restored or filled) tooth decay. Caries is the disease that causes tooth decay and can lead to cavities in teeth. This indicator is measured 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 and More Information

  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. Klein, R.J.; Proctor, S.E.; Boudreault, M.A.; Turczyn, K.M. Healthy People 2010 Criteria for Data Suppression. Statistical Notes No. 24. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.
  3. 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.