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NYS Resource Information, Reports
The New York State Oral Health Plan addresses the burden of oral disease in New York State and was developed by the New York State Department of Health in collaboration with the New York State Public Health Association and stakeholders from across the state. The Plan has identified goals, objectives, and strategies covering a broad spectrum of issues related to policy, prevention, access, workforce, and surveillance and research and the guidance provided in the plan should serve as a blueprint for achieving optimal oral health for all New Yorkers. Here is the full report.


  • The Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, University at Albany, issued in July 2012 A Profile of Dental Hygienists in New York, a demographic study of hygienists statewide and regionally, concluding that "dental hygienists are unevenly distributed across the state."


  • The NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Dental Health has produced document entitled Impact of Oral Disease in NYS that presents information on the burden of oral disease on the people of New York State, highlights groups and regions at highest risk for oral health problems, and discusses strategies to prevent these conditions and provide access to dental care. Based on an analysis of the data, the burden of oral disease is spread unevenly throughout the population. The report is available here.


  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) commissioned a study by the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the School of Public Health at the University at Albany.The full report entitled “The Professional Practice Environment of Dental Hygienists in the Fifty States and the District of Columbia” can be found>here. The primary goals of this study were to: document the professional practice of dental hygienists in the fifty States and DC in 2001; to assess the extent to which the professional practice environment is related to numbers of practitioners, selected characteristics of practitioners, oral health outcomes, and utilization of oral health services; and to assess the impact of dental hygienists on access to care for underserved population.
National Resources, Reports
  • ADHA Government Affairs - At the national level, ADHA works with Congressional leaders, federal agencies and other associations to promote federal policies that encourage increased availability of oral health care. Resources also include information on actions in various states.  Check here


  • "Advancing Oral Health in America" - Issued by the Institute of Medicine in April 2011, this report recommends actions that the Department of Health and Human Services can take to emphasize that promotion of well being in oral health is a priority, including consistent and sustained messaging, increased public education, access, and involvement of multiple stakeholders.  The report and related information is available here.


  • "State of Decay" - Released by Oral Health America in October 2013 provides a state-by-state analysis and makes recommendations on oral healthcare delivery and public health factors affecting older adults' oral health. Check here.


  • "In Search of Dental Care" - issued by Pew Center on the States in June 2013, reported that 57.3% of Medicaid-enrolled children in New York State did not receive dental care. The study examines the lack of access to dental care, especially for low-income children and families, in the United States, and  explores the strategies states are employing—particularly the expansion of the dental team by licensing additional types of providers—to address workforce shortages and serve low-income children. Check here.


  • "The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fails One in Five Children" - This study by the Pew Center on the States, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the DentaQuest Foundation, reported that two-thirds of states are doing a poor job.More information on the Children’s Dental Health Initiative is located here


  • Healthy People 2020 is the federal government’s agenda to promote health and prevent disease nationwide, including oral health.The project, with 2010 and 2020 objectives, identifies the most significant preventable threats to health and establishes national goals to reduce these threats.The 2020 oral health goal is to:Prevent and control oral and craniofacial diseases, conditions, and injuries, and improve access to preventive services and dental care.Visit for more information.


  • Surgeon General’s "A National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health" presented goals of promoting oral health, improving quality of life, and eliminating oral health disparities.Read the report here.


  • Surgeon General's "The Health Consequences of Smoking - 50 Years of Progress" includes updates on the impact of smoking on oral health. The 2014 report is here.


  • "Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (2000)" – This first-ever oral health report of the Surgeon General identified a "silent epidemic" of dental and oral diseases that burdens some population groups and called for a national effort to improve oral health among all Americans. The report also focused on the relationship between oral health and overall good health throughout life. The full report is here.
  • "One and Only Campaign," led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition, is a public health initiative to raise awareness and provide resources for healthcare providers and the public about safe injection practices, including dental procedures. New York State is a partner in the campaign. For more information, click here.
  • The "Oral Health Strategic Plan for 2011-2014" of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Oral Health includes public health priorities and goals that emphasize actions for prevention and elimination of disparities in oral health care. Check out the plan at the CDC web site here. CDC released in 2012 a report, "Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010," finding that 47.2% of adults have some form of periodontal disease and that previous studies may have underestimated population prevalence. Read the report here.


  • This Centers for Disease Control study released in 2013 shows an increase in parental reports of their children's oral health status and preventive care visits, including findings for NYS and other states. See the report here.


  • A Centers for Disease Control study issued in finds an increase in positive reports from parents of their children's oral health status and preventive care visits.


  • During the school day, students across the U.S. will be offered healthier food options, including items lower in sugar, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new nutritional standards, Smart Snacks in School, announced on June 27, 2013.


  • A consensus report issued in 2013 by the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation od Periodontology sets out clinical recommendations for dental professions when treating persons with diabetes