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Oral Health Data and Surveillance

Oral Health Surveillance System

Monitoring the status of oral disease in Minnesota’s population is essential for setting achievable objectives, as well as, for planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs.


The Status of Oral Health in Minnesota

The Minnesota Oral Health Program shares information about the burden of oral disease in Minnesota with policy makers, local public health agencies, stakeholders, and all others with an interest in oral health.

The Status of Oral Health in Minnesota report describes the status of oral diseases (e.g. dental caries, periodontal disease, total tooth loss) in the state. This report includes information related to disparities in oral disease status among population groups. It also discusses the ability of Minnesota’s programs to meet the oral health needs of the community by including a description of existing state oral health assets.  Such assets include professional dental and dental hygiene education programs and intervention programs that focus on preventing oral diseases.


Basic Screening Survey (BSS)

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) Basic Screening Survey (BSS) is a standardized set of surveys designed to collect: a) information on the observed oral health of participants, b) self-reported or observed information on age, gender, race and Hispanic ethnicity, and c) self-reported information on access to care for preschool, school-age and adult populations. The surveys are cross-sectional and descriptive. Observations of oral health status are made by dentists, dental hygienists or other appropriate health care workers in accordance with state law. 

Minnesota will be coordinating efforts to conduct the BSS in specific populations to fulfill many requirements of the National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS). 

More information about the BSS:


“At a Glance” Oral Health Indicators – Summary

“At-a-Glance” highlights twelve county-level oral health indicators. The indicators’ data sources and years collected vary. Combining or using one indicator’s numbers or percentages with another indicator’s could be misleading. For further details, please review the following PDF file:

Updated Friday, November 22, 2013 at 03:16PM