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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.


Minnesota Oral Health Statistics System (MNOHSS)

A new state-of-the-art, one-stop source for oral health data known as the Minnesota Oral Health Statistics System (MNOHSS) is available for public use on the Minnesota Public Health Data Access portal. The portal significantly improves access to critical data affecting the dental/oral health of Minnesotans and connects dental/oral health with other chronic disease indicators (such as birth defects, cancer and smoking) and determinants of health (such as income, poverty, and insurance).  Policymakers, state and local government, community organizations, researchers, and grant writers will find this new resource to be beneficial to their work.

MNOHSS is an ongoing, collaborative project between the Minnesota Department of Health’s Oral Health Program, funding agency and partner, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, and the oral health community. Unique features of MNOHSS include interactive queries and downloadable state and county data, background information on the data, dynamic charts, maps, and application of best practices in web accessibility, health literacy and numeracy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Explore dental/oral health data:MN Data Access portal logo


Basic Screening Survey (BSS)

The MDH Oral Health Program conducts a statewide Basic Screening Survey to assess the oral health status of third grade students in a sample of Minnesota public schools. The screening is conducted by trained MDH personnel using a validated, nationally recognized open-mouth survey tool developed by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.
The survey observes the presence of dental caries, fillings and significant caries-related infection that requires immediate care. These data are used to assess and monitor the oral health status of Minnesota third graders to guide future health planning and allocation of funding.

This statewide survey is done once every five years to fulfill the National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS) guidelines. The most recent results for Minnesota and other states from 2010 are available online via the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/nohss/.


Report: The Status of Oral Health in Minnesota 

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Oral Health Program shares information about the burden of dental diseases and oral conditions in Minnesota with policymakers, national, state and local public health agencies, community organizations and all others with an interest in dental/oral health.

The Status of Oral Health in Minnesota report describes the status of dental diseases and oral health conditions (such as tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss) in the state. This report includes information related to disparities in the status of dental diseases and oral conditions among population groups. It also discusses the ability of Minnesota’s programs to meet the dental/oral health needs of the community by including a description of existing state assets.  Such assets include professional dental and dental hygiene education programs and intervention programs that focus on preventing dental diseases and oral conditions.
The Status of Oral Health in Minnesota 2013 (PDF: 1589KB/48 pages)


Healthy People 2020 Goals

Every ten years the Department of Health and Human Services develops science-based national goals and objectives across various health topics.  The federal agency also establishes benchmarks for leading health indicators within each topic and monitors progress over time in order to:

  • Identify national health improvement priorities.
  • Increase public awareness and understanding of the determinants of health, disease, and disability and the opportunities for progress.
  • Engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.
  • Identify critical research, evaluation, and data collection needs.
  • Provide consistent, measurable objectives and goals that are applicable at the national, state and local levels.

The main oral health goals from the Healthy People 2020 report are to prevent and control oral and craniofacial diseases, conditions, and injuries and improve access to preventive services and dental care. 
The MDH Oral Health Program tracks Healthy People 2020 objectives through the Minnesota Oral Health Statistics System and collects critical data on children’s untreated and treated tooth decay (caries experience) and dental sealants with the Basic Screening Survey.

 

Updated Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10:16AM