The Burden of Oral Disease:
A Tool for Creating State Documents
The Burden of Oral Disease tool was created to help states develop a
comprehensive document that describes their burden of oral disease.
This tool provides users with data on a broad range of indicators related to
national and state health objectives about oral health. It focuses on the
indicators in the National Oral Health
Surveillance System and other recommended elements using Healthy People
The tool includes
- An outline.
- Sample text.
- National data.
These can be used to document the prevalence of oral disease, unmet dental
needs, and disparities in oral health. Each chapter includes background
information on oral disease and conditions, as well as basic tables and examples
of data displayed as bar charts.
This tool is not prescriptive; the text can be freely edited or supplemented
and the methods of data presentation may be altered.
In addition, this tool includes an appendix with sample fact sheets and
policy briefs. A calendar of expected data release dates from national surveys
also is provided (Appendix b). As updates are released,
these will be made available on this Web site.
A CD-ROM of this document is available for state programs and may be ordered
by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggested Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The
Burden of Oral Disease: Tool for Creating State Documents. Atlanta: U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services; 2005. Available at:
Scott L. Tomar, DMD, MPH, DrPH, Associate Professor, University of Florida
College of Dentistry
Beth Hines, MPH, RDH, Public Health Educator, CDC Division of Oral Health
Lisa R. Levy, MPH, Fellow, Association of Schools of Public Health
Contributors to this document included:
Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
Children’s Dental Health Project
Colorado Department of Public Health, Oral Health Program
Michigan Department of Community Health
Mississippi Health Policy and Research Center
Table of Contents (PDF–28K)
How To Use This Reference Tool (PDF–66K)
- Guidelines for Using and Interpreting National Data
- Updating Data
- Presenting Race/Ethnicity Data
- Elements Addressed in CDC's State Infrastructure and Capacity Building
Cooperative Agreement Program (PA
I. Introduction (PDF–35K)
Executive Summary (PDF–26K)
This chapter, developed by a state program based on the data described
in the burden document, summarizes the status of
oral disease burden in its populations.
III. National and State Objectives on Oral Health
The Burden of Oral Diseases (PDF–338K)
- Prevalence of Disease and Unmet Needs
- Adults—Dental Caries/Tooth Loss/Periodontal (Gum)
- Racial and Ethnic Groups
- Women's Health
- People with Disabilities
- Socioeconomic Disparities
- Societal Impact of Oral Disease
- Social Impact
- Economic Impact—Direct Costs of Oral Diseases/Indirect Costs of Oral Diseases
- Oral Disease and Other Health Conditions
V. Risk and Protective Factors Affecting Oral Diseases
- Community Water Fluoridation
- Topical Fluorides and Fluoride Supplements
- Dental Sealants
- Preventative Visits
- Screening for Oral Cancer
- Tobacco Control
- Oral Health Education
VI. Provision of Dental Services (PDF–52K)
- Dental Workforce and Capacity
- Dental Workforce Diversity
- Use of Dental Services
- General Population
- Special Populations
- Dental Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs
- Community and Migrant Health Centers and other State, County,
and Local Programs
VII. Conclusions (PDF–26K)
This chapter is developed by the state and summarizes the overall
findings provided in this document.
VIII. References (PDF–116K)
- Indicators of Oral Health Status
- Calendar of Expected Data Release Dates
- Sample Fact Sheet: Fluoridation
- Sample Fact Sheet: Sealants
- Example Policy Brief: Children’s Dental Health Project
- Example Policy Brief: Children’s Oral Health in Mississippi
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Date last reviewed: July 28, 2010
Date last modified: July 28, 2010
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