Oklahoma Scores a D on Key Oral Health Indicators

The Oklahoma Oral Health Coalition (OOHC) released the first-ever oral health report card for the State of Oklahoma on Friday, May 29, 2020. Development and underwriting of the report card was provided by the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation.

The report card provides a framework for discussion on the challenges various populations face in accessing dental care. The report reveals that, when compared to the nation’s performance on 13 key oral health indicators, Oklahoma often scores an F and has an overall score of D.

The 13 indicators reflect the most recent annualized data available in each category.

Data on children include:

  • the number of Medicaid-enrolled children who visited a dentist for preventive care
  • the number of Medicaid-enrolled children who received dental sealants on their permanent molars
  • the number of children in the general population who visited a dentist, and
  • the number of third graders who had dental caries (tooth decay) experience

Data on adults include:

  • the total number of adults who visited the dentist
  • the number of adults over the age of 65 who lost all their natural teeth to tooth decay or gum disease
  • the number of pregnant women who had their teeth cleaned during pregnancy
  • the percentage of persons with access to optimally fluoridated water

You may view Oklahoma’s Oral Health Report Card here.