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

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.

Data Source: 
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
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

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
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 OR REGULAR)
    • 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
Leading Health Indicator:
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. The measurement protocol described for Healthy People 2000 is still in use.

    Age Adjustment Notes: 

    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 (percent poverty threshold): 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.
  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.