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.
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
Number of persons aged 2 to 18 years at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level
From the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:
What type of dental care provider did [PERSON] see during this visit?
[PROBE:] Any other type of dental care person? [CODE ALL THAT APPLY.]
- GENERAL DENTIST
- DENTAL HYGIENIST
- DENTAL TECHNICIAN
- DENTAL SURGEON
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
- (16) FIXED BRIDGES
- (17) DENTURES OR REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTURES
- (18) RELINING OR REPAIR OF BRIDGES OR DENTURES
- (19) ORTHODONTIA, BRACES, OR RETAINERS
- ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES
- (20) BOND, WHITEN, OR BLEACH
- (21) TREATMENT FOR TMD OR TMJ
- (22) OTHER
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). The measurement protocol described for Healthy People 2000 is still in use.
Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.
Additional resources about the objective
- From MEPS 2007.
- 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.