MDH Oral Health News

February 5, 2015

Find Data and Create Reports with New Minnesota Oral Health Data Source
Minnesota Oral Health Data  is now available for use on the Minnesota Public Health Data Access portal, improves access to key data affecting the oral health of Minnesotans and helps link key determinants of health such as income and access to dental care.

Choose Your Format and Data
Easily access up-to-date national, Minnesota state and county oral health data, track trends in disease and dental service use, and more readily identify health disparities and unmet needs via computer, mobile or tablet. Use summaries found under "Facts and Figures" or easily create your own reports under "Data Queries" using a variety of variables, such as:

State data:
•  Minnesota adult dental service use
•  Tooth loss among older adults (65 years and older)
•  Caries experience (tooth decay) and dental sealant rates among third graders enrolled in public schools

State and County data:
•  Adult and child dental service use among Minnesota Health Care Program/Medicaid enrollees
•  Public school free/reduced lunch enrollment

The MN Public Health Data Access portal includes statewide data on environmental and public health topics using graphs, charts, interactive map systems, dynamic queries and health information to inform public health professionals, researchers, policymakers and the general public.
This is one of few online state oral health statistical systems in the country. The project represents an ongoing collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Health Oral Health Program and community partner and funding agent, the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. 


January 16, 2015

Oral Health News Update: National Fluoride Anniversary Information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Locally, the state of Minnesota has required municipalities to provided fluoridated water in our community water supplies since 1970.
The Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP), a national organization, is working with the American Academy of Pediatrics to launch a Social Media Storm at Noon (CST) on Friday, January 23rd to observe the 70th anniversary of nationwide community water fluoridation. 
If you and your organization would like to participate, here are the details:

  • The Social Media Storm will last 70 minutes to commemorate 70 years of water fluoridation. During this time, CDHP is encouraging people who care about oral health to post a couple of messages to Twitter and/or Facebook. At 1:10 p.m. (CST), the event will conclude.
  • Participants can write messages of their own or use messages from the CDHP social media kit, and CDHP encourages everyone posting a message to use the same hashtag of #factsfavorfluoridation. Doing so will make it possible for people to follow the entire thread of messages. If you tweet prior to the designated time, CDHP will not be able to track participation.


Updated Thursday, April 09, 2015 at 09:27AM