Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 4: measuring quality of effect (% of "is anyone better off")
Service Type: Bottom level: public health services and systems
Service Recipient: Activities directed to families/children/youth
Goal: Increase preventive dental visits among high risk children.
Numerator: The number of children, ages 1 through 17 eligible for HUSKY( Medicaid) who had a preventive dental visit in the past year
Denominator: The number of children ages 1-17 that were eligible for HUSKY( Medicaid) services in the past year
Significance: The DPH Office of Oral Health (OOH) and its partners recognize the integral role of maintaining oral health across the lifespan, beginning before a child is born and continuing until the end of life. Poor oral health impacts overall health and well-being; a child’s ability to learn, grow and thrive; self-esteem; employability; and overall quality of life. The “Life Course Theory” conceptual framework points to broad social, economic and environmental factors as underlying causes of inequalities in health, with oral health being no exception. The OOH works to advance improvements in oral health by addressing both the risk and protective factors which contribute to reducing the oral disease across the lifespan, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable populations.
The two most prevalent oral diseases, dental caries (cavities) and periodontal (gum) disease are chronic, communicable, bacterial infectious diseases that are almost entirely preventable and manageable if detected in the early stages of the disease. Dental caries is the most common, chronic disease in children, five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. If a child develops tooth decay at an early age, they are more likely to have a lifetime of pain and suffering from poor oral health. While these diseases are present across the population, disparities exist in individuals with low-socio economic status and in racial and ethnic minorities.
Data Sources and Data Issues: CMS database (Medicaid population ages 1-17)
Unit Type: Percentage, Unit Number: 100