Report Assesses Kansas Children's Oral Health

August 21, 2012  |  Foundation News

Research and Reports

The Kansas Bureau of Oral Health has released 2012 Smiles Across Kansas, a statewide oral health surveillance of children’s oral health. The study uses a survey protocol designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association for State and Territorial Dental Directors, and collects clinical information on caries, dental restorations and dental sealants. The study also reports on access to dental care, insurance status and the frequency of dental visits.

Among the findings:

  • The oral health status of Kansas children is improving:  Approximately one of 10 Kansas children has untreated, active dental decay, which is an improvement from the 2004 survey, which reported one of four children had untreated decay.
  • Dental sealants are undertilized to prevent dental decay, particularly in minority children. Fewer than 36% of Kansas children have sealants on their first molars; the percentage is lower for African American and Latino children.

Read the 2012 Smiles Across Kansas report.

Missouri Oral Health Landscape Report

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Missouri Foundation for Health and REACH Healthcare Foundation supported a study of oral health in Missouri: “Missouri’s Oral Health:  Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Oral Health Access.”

The study, conducted by Healthcare Management Strategies, reports on the oral health status of children and adults, disparities in oral health and opportunities to strengthen the oral health delivery system.

Read the executive summary.

Ready the full report.