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Improve Oral Health

Improving oral health is one of seven priority areas from Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. Progress is updated annually. Get the 2018 Progress Report for this priority or view current data highlights below.

Key Strategies

Population interventions

  • Increase the number of fluoridated public water districts

Health equity interventions

  • Provide dental sealants in schools that serve students at high risk of tooth decay
  • Enhance oral health services through community clinics, including school-based health centers
  • Ensure Oregon has an adequate number of oral health professionals
  • Reduce the number of dental-related visits to emergency departments
  • Assess data needs for ethnic disparities
  • Provide culturally responsive educational materials about oral health for racial and ethnic communities

Health system interventions

  • Create incentives for private and public health plans and health care providers to improve oral health
  • Increase early preventive care for children
  • Include oral health in chronic disease prevention and management models
  • Ensure dental benefit packages cover care and treatment to ensure optimal oral health maintenance

Priority Targets - Highlights

Chart showing the percentage of adults who have lost all of their natural teeth is decreasing 

Oral health among adults. This chart shows the percentage of adults who have lost all of their natural teeth is decreasing.
Oral health among adults (percentage of adults who have lost all natural teeth)
Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Percentage 16% 12% 13% 15% 13%
2020 Target


12%
12%

Data source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Chart showing percentage of 11th graders who have had a cavity appears to be decreasing 

Oral health among youth. This chart shows the percentage of 11th graders who have had a cavity appears to be decreasing.
Oral health among youth (percentage of 11th graders who have had a cavity)
Year 2002 2007 2012 2017 2020
Percentage 12% 17% 15.5% 7.6%
2020 Target 14% 14% 14%

Data source: Oregon Smiles Survey

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