Oral Health Reports

Alaska Oral Health Plan: 2012-2016

Alaska Dental Action Coalition recommendations and action plan to address oral disease and dental access in the state.

Alaska Oral Health Surveillance Plan

CDC Report on Dental Caries

High Prevalence of Early Childhood Caries, Alaska, 2005 and 2007

Dental caries is an infectious disease that is the most common chronic disease of childhood.

Oral Health Surveys of Alaskan Children

Visual assessments of the oral health of Alaskan third grade, kindergarten and Head Start children were conducted in 2004-2006, 2007 and 2010-2011. The assessments evaluate dental decay experience (all groups), untreated decay (all groups), caries experience in primary maxillary anterior teeth (Head Start and kindergarten) and dental sealants (third-graders). The statewide assessment data are reported in the summary tables. The reports provide more analysis of information collected in the parent surveys and the assessment data.

2010-11 Survey and Reports

2007 Surveys and Reports

2004-05 Surveys and Reports

Oral Health and Dental Access: Perspectives and Recommendations from the Alaska Dental Action Coalition

Alaska Dental Action Coalition provides recommendations to the Governor’s Health Care Strategies Planning Council

Indian Health Service Oral Health Surveys (1991 and 1999)

Demonstrates high dental decay in Alaska Native children (3-4 times national averages), high rates of Early Childhood Caries (Baby-bottle/nursing caries), and high rates of untreated dental decay.

Alaska Head Start Program – Dental Action Plan

An action plan to improve access to dental services for children and/or pregnant women enrolled in Head Start/Early Head Start.

Medicaid Dental Action Plan

A discussion of access issues for Denali KidCare/Medicaid patients in Alaska communities.

Surgeon General Report on Oral Health

The major message of the report is that oral health means much more than healthy teeth, and is integral to the general health and well-being of all Americans. Oral health must be included in the provision of health care and design of community programs. The Call to Action specifies five specific actions, each of which has an implementation strategy.

  • Action 1. Change perceptions of oral health.
  • Action 2. Overcome barriers by replicating effective programs and proven efforts.
  • Action 3. Build the science base and accelerate science transfer.
  • Action 4. Increase oral health workforce diversity, capacity, and flexibility.
  • Action 5. Increase collaborations.
  • Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General

Youth Tobacco Use Results

The Impact of Smoking in Alaska

High use rates of tobacco products (cigarettes and chewing tobacco) along with high rates of alcohol use may lead to increased prevalence of oral cancer in Alaska.

Healthy Alaskans 2010/Healthy People 2020

Disease Burden in Alaska

Presentation on the Oral Disease Burden in Alaska by Brad Whistler, DMD — January 2006

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