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State of Oral Health Equity in America 2023
To treat the whole person, our health system must better recognize the link between oral health and systemic health.”
The State of Oral Health Equity in America is the largest nationally representative survey focused exclusively on adults’ knowledge, attitudes, experiences, and behaviors related to oral health.
The survey of more than 5,000 adults across the United States also collects information on how insurance coverage, oral health literacy, and access to a trusted provider can improve oral health opportunities and affect outcomes.
Key findings from the survey allow researchers to uncover trends in oral health equity gaps and provide oral health stakeholders with the information needed to work on closing those gaps.
The study was designed by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. Results were collected by NORC at the University of Chicago in January–February of 2021, 2022, and 2023 from adults 18 and older on the AmeriSpeak panel. AmeriSpeak is a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the United States’ (US) household population. Randomly selected US households were sampled using area probability and address-based sampling, with a known, non-zero probability of selection from NORC National Sample Frame. Sampled households were contacted by US mail, telephone, and field interviewers. In 2023, a sampling unit of 18,521 was used, with a final sample size of 5,240 and a final weighted cumulative response rate of 4.4%. All data presented account for appropriate sample weights. The margin of error for the survey is 1.83%.