New York State Community Health Indicator Reports - About Oral Health

Contact the Public Health Information Group, at (518) 474-2543 for information about the indicators produced for this report.

Health IndicatorDescription and DefinitionData Source and Program Contact Information
Percentage of 3rd grade children with caries experience Caries experience reflects history of tooth decay. Indicates that opportunities for primary prevention may have been missed. Bureau of Dental Health, Oral Health Survey of 3rd grade children a

Contact: Bureau of Dental Health oralhealth@health.ny.gov
Percentage of of 3rd grade children with untreated caries Untreated Caries reflects the presence of a cavity. Indicates that treatment has not been obtained in a timely manner. Bureau of Dental Health, Oral Health Survey of 3rd grade children a

Contact: Bureau of Dental Health oralhealth@health.ny.gov
Percentage of 3rd grade children with dental sealants Dental Sealants. Indicates presence of dental sealants is a reflection of use of preventive services. Sealants are plastic coatings applied to decay-susceptible tooth surfaces (the pits and fissures) in 6 to 15 year-old children. Bureau of Dental Health, Oral Health Survey of 3rd grade children a

Contact: Bureau of Dental Health oralhealth@health.ny.gov
Percentage of 3rd grade children with dental insurance Dental Insurance. Self-reported coverage that pays for visits to a dentist or a dental clinic. Includes Medicaid and Child Health Plus coverage. Bureau of Dental Health, Oral Health Survey of 3rd grade children a

Contact: Bureau of Dental Health oralhealth@health.ny.gov
Percentage of 3rd grade children with at least one dental visit in last year Dental visits in last one year. Reflects the visit to a dentist or dental clinic at least once in the past year. Bureau of Dental Health, Oral Health Survey of 3rd grade children a

Contact: Bureau of Dental Health oralhealth@health.ny.gov
Percentage of 3rd grade children reported taking fluoride tablets regularly Use of Fluoride Tablet. Reflects the use of fluoride tablets or drops on a regular basis. Fluoride tablets or drops are prescribed to those children living in non-fluoridated areas. Bureau of Dental Health, Oral Health Survey of 3rd grade children a

Contact: Bureau of Dental Health oralhealth@health.ny.gov
Age-adjusted percentage of adults who had a dentist visit within the past year**

The percentage of adults who reported having visited a dentist or dental clinic for any reason within the past year among those that had or never had visited a dentist in past year.

New York State Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System b

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
Caries outpatient visit rate per 10,000 - Aged 3-5 years The number of outpatient visits due to dental caries in children aged 3 to 5 per 10,000 population in that age group. Only visits with caries as the primary diagnosis are included. The ICD-9-CM codes used for caries are 521.0 and 522.4. The ICD-10-CM codes used for caries are: K02. Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) c
Bureau of Health Informatics
Division of Information and Statistics
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Submission Questions: sparcs.submissions@health.ny.gov - for submission questions
Data Request Contact: sparcs.requests@health.ny.gov - for data requests
Phone: (518) 473-8144
Percentage of Medicaid enrollees with at least one dental visit within the last year Percentage of Medicaid enrollees with at least one dental visit within the last year. Bureau of Dental Health

Contact: Bureau of Dental Health oralhealth@health.ny.gov
Percentage of Medicaid enrollees with at least one preventive dental visit within the last year Percentage of Medicaid enrollees with at least one preventive dental visit within the last year. Bureau of Dental Health

Contact: Bureau of Dental Health oralhealth@health.ny.gov
Percentage of Medicaid enrollees (aged 2-20 years) who had at least one dental visit within the last year Percentage of Medicaid enrollees (aged 2-20 years) who had at least one dental visit within the last year. Bureau of Dental Health

Contact: Bureau of Dental Health oralhealth@health.ny.gov
Percentage of Medicaid enrollees (aged 2-20 years) with at least one preventive dental visit within the last year Percentage of Medicaid enrollees (aged 2-20 years) with at least one preventive dental visit within the last year. Bureau of Dental Health

Contact: Bureau of Dental Health oralhealth@health.ny.gov
Percentage of children, aged 2-20 years, with at least one dental visit in government sponsored insurance programs Percentage of children, aged 2-20 years, with at least one dental visit in government sponsored insurance programs. In 2017, the age limit in the dental visit measure has changed from 21 to 20 per HEDIS specifications. NYSDOH Office of Quality and Patient Safety
Contact: Office of Quality and Patient Safety, at (518) 486-9012
Crude and age-adjusted Lip, oral cavity and pharynx cancer incidence rate per 100,000 ** Oral cancer case rates that are age-adjusted to produce incidence rates per 100,000. Contact: New York State Cancer Registry at (518) 474-2255.
Crude and age-adjusted Lip, oral cavity and pharynx cancer mortality rate per 100,000 ** Deaths rates due to oral cancer used to produce age-adjusted mortality rates per 100,000. Contact: New York State Cancer Registry at (518) 474-2255.
Oral cancer mortality per 100,000 (aged 45-74 years) Crude oral cancer mortality rates per 100,000 (aged 45-74 years). Contact: New York State Cancer Registry at (518) 474-2255.

Data Notes:

a Oral Health Survey of Third Grade Children
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a surveillance system for monitoring oral health status, risk factors, workforce, and the use of dental services. To collect data on tooth decay or dental caries in children, DOH assisted each county in conducting an Oral Health Survey of 3rd Grade Children. The survey of 3rd grade children is designed for fulfilling many of the requirements of the National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS). The objectives of this survey were to determine oral health indicators. The Oral Health Survey of 3rd Grade Children was conducted over the three-year period, 2009-2011, using representative samples of schools in each county. Oral Health Status of Third Grade Children: NYS Oral Health Surveillance System
b Expanded BRFSS:
The Expanded BRFSS is a NYS county (regional) adult telephone (landline and cellphone) surveillance system that collects self-reported health conditions and behaviors related to early mortality and morbidity. This system is based on the annual collaborative state based surveillance project administered and supported by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC), Division of Population Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
c Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS):
Information about hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits are collected through the hospital data system. Up through the third quarter of 2015, each hospitalization and ED visit received an ICD-9-CM primary diagnosis code, and may have also received additional ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes to further describe the hospitalization or ED visit. CHIR used the ICD-9-CM primary diagnosis code and up to 14 additional ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes from the hospital data system to generate tables and charts to describe hospitalizations and ED visits up through 2014.

Starting in the fourth quarter of 2015, the hospital data system changed to using the ICD-10-CM for diagnoses. CHIRS used the ICD-10-CM primary diagnosis codes and up to 24 additional ICD-10-CM codes from the hospital data system to generate tables and charts to describe hospitalizations and ED visits in 2016 and after.

CHIRS does not include hospitalizations and ED visits in 2015, as the ICD codes changed part way through the year.

** The standard population used for age adjustment was the 2000 U.S. population.