Oral Health Needs Assessment
A number of major surveys have been performed to determine the prevalence of oral disease in the United States. Health needs assessments provide valuable information on the status of a region's dental health.
The National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS) is a collaborative effort between CDC's Division of Oral Health and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD). NOHSS is designed to monitor the burden of oral disease, use of the oral health care delivery system, and the status of community water fluoridation on both a national and state level. The NOHSS is designed to track oral health surveillance indicators based on data sources and surveillance capacity available to most states. The Dental Health Service of the Oklahoma State Department of Health reports state oral health program activities to the Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD).