Oral health data systems monitor the prevalence of oral diseases and the
factors influencing oral health, such as risky or protective behaviors, the
availability of preventive interventions and utilization of preventive
services. The systems bring together existing data from multiple national
and state sources and present the data in useful and accessible formats for
the broad community interested in promoting oral health.
the data systems relate.
Additional information regarding Policies on Data
Methods, Procedures, and Use.
Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data
Resource Center (DRC)
The DRC serves as a resource on dental, oral and craniofacial data for
the oral health research community, clinical practitioners, public health
planners and policy makers, advocates and the general public. Resources
include the Catalog of Surveys and Archive of Procedures Related to
Oral Health, a searchable database containing descriptions of
national and state oral health surveys; an annual report; and the Data Query System, a tool for viewing prepared
tables or generating rapid statistical analyses of selected data sets.
My Water's Fluoride
Find information about your local water system's fluoridation status.
Currently available only for states that voluntarily participate in the
Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS).
National Oral Health Surveillance
Interact with tables, graphs and maps of oral health indicators by
state. Compare a state to the nation or to another state on dental visits,
dental cleanings or complete tooth loss, either overall or grouped by
demographic characteristics. Compare water fluoridation status in 2002 to
the status in previous years. See which states have met the Healthy People 2010
Objective for water fluoridation. Or, view all indicators for one state in
the State Profile. Other state oral health data meeting the data standards
may be added upon request from state dental directors.
Map water fluoridation status by state or county. View demographic
characteristics of a selected state or county with more detailed water
fluoridation information. Map indicators of oral health for children and
adults by state.
of State and Territorial Dental Public Health Programs (State Synopses)
View characteristics of and programs conducted by state and
territorial oral health programs by year. Use tables or maps to see
which states or territories have water fluoridation programs, dental
sealant programs, oral health education programs, dental screening
programs and more.
Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS)
A water fluoridation monitoring tool for state and tribal water
fluoridation program managers and oral health program directors or
managers. This system requires special authorization for access. WFRS is
the data source for the
annual fluoridation information in the National Oral Health Surveillance
- The DRC is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial
Research (NIDCR) and the Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).
- My Water's Fluoride, NOHSS, Oral
Health Maps, the Synopses, and WFRS were developed
and are maintained through a collaborative effort with the Association of
State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)*, an affiliate
organization of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers.
- The Chronic Disease
Indicators (CDI) are a cross-cutting set of 90 indicators that were
developed by consensus and that allows states and territories to
uniformly define, collect, and report chronic disease data that are
important to public health practice and available at the state level. In
addition to providing access to state-specific indicator data, the CDI
Web site serves as a gateway to additional information and data
resources. CDI includes three indicators for adult oral health - past
year dental visit, past year dental cleaning, and total tooth loss - and
other indicators for health behaviors and risk factors associated with
* Links to non-Federal organizations are
provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an
endorsement of any organization by CDC or the Federal Government, and none
should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual
organization Web pages found at this link.
Date last reviewed:
October 22, 2008
Date late modified: June 1, 2007
Division of Oral Health,
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and