Measuring Oral Health in North Carolina

Dental public health's "patient" is the community, so the N.C. Oral Health Section must survey individuals in a community to determine the overall oral health of that community. The data from both epidemiological surveys and from school oral health assessments are used to provide data for planning programs to prevent oral disease and to provide oral health education to our citizens.

 Data Briefs - Updated 04/26/21

 NC Oral Health Regional Snapshots - Updated 01/05/21

 Oral Health Reports

These reports address issues and concerns about oral health in North Carolina and nationally.

Healthy NC 2020 Updates - Oral Health, July 2013

The July 2013 Healthy NC 2020 Update (PDF, 319 KB) reports on the status of oral health in North Carolina as it relates to the objectives of the Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health plan for NC public health initiatives.

March / April 2012 - North Carolina Medical Journal

The March/April 2012 issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal policy forum focuses on initiatives that promote oral health and on challenges the state currently faces. Commentaries discuss new practice models and trends in dental practice, dentist workforce numbers, the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine education model, and insurance innovation in dental coverage. Several articles focus on access to oral health care in specific populations including children, adult Medicaid recipients, and people with special needs.

2010 Special Care Oral Health Services: A North Carolina Commitment

The 2010 Special Care Oral Health Services: A North Carolina Commitment (PDF, 109KB) is a report from the Special Care Dentistry Advisory Group.  It examines the current dental care options for populations requiring special care dentistry and provides suggestions for ways to improve the availability of services to those needing such dental services. The Department reported the Advisory Group findings and recommendations to the North Carolina Study Commission on Aging and the Public Health Study Commission.

The Oral Health Section of the Division of Public Health was charged with identifying collaborative partners and coordinating preparation of this report. We worked in collaboration with the N.C Division of Medical Assistance, the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the East Carolina University Schools of Dentistry, the North Carolina Dental Society and current providers of special care dental services. The Special Care Advisory Group of providers and consumers, individuals and agencies met twice and developed the sixteen (16) recommendations described in this report.


Last Modified: 04-26-21