Measure Oral Health

Oral Health 2020 Goal: Build a comprehensive national oral health measurement system. 

If you can’t measure it, you can’t fix it.

Improving the oral health of the U.S. population requires the ability to reliably measure success and setbacks to better inform strategies. We must have complete and consistent data on oral health status, evidence of the impact of community resources to protect oral health, and data to demonstrate quality care in order to better understand baseline disparities, to target resources and interventions, and to measure progress.

Robust data describing oral health in various population groups across the lifespan provides a baseline for monitoring disease trends and planning programs to prevent disease and provide oral health education. Findings are also used to inform public health policy, direct and design health programs and services, and expand health knowledge in communities and states.

Oral Health 2020 Target: A national and state-based measurement system is in place.