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Reports

Iowa Oral Health Plan 2016-2020

This five-year state plan, compiled by the Iowa Department of Public Health with input from multiple state stakeholders, identifies five focus areas for future oral health strategies. Each focus area consists of multiple objectives and activities to guide efforts for improving the oral health of Iowans. Input for the plan was gathered through an environmental scan, a strategic planning forum, and through ongoing stakeholder communication and feedback.

2016 Burden of Oral Disease in Iowa Report

This report provides information on the burden of oral disease, risk and protective factors for oral disease, and access to oral health services for Iowans in each stage of life. Created as part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) project, this report can be printed and shared in its entirety or as individual factsheets.

Full Report

Individual Factsheets

Inside I-Smile™ Report

The annual report, Inside I-Smile™, details the oral health issues children face within the state of Iowa and the impact of the I-Smile™ dental home program. Along with statistical data, stories from I-Smile™ Coordinators across the state are included in the report. The report highlights both the success of the program as well as what areas of concern need further attention.

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Dental Services Reports

The EPSDT (Early & Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment) program assures comprehensive health services for children enrolled in Medicaid. The EPSDT Dental Services Reports provide annual county data for dental services provided to Medicaid-enrolled children in Iowa. All information is based on services provided within a federal fiscal year (October 1 - September 30).

Reports from 1999 through 2009 provide information on the number of Medicaid-enrolled children receiving:

  • Any dental services by dentists and Title V agency staff (dental hygienists, nurses)
  • Preventive services (cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants) by dentists and Title V agency staff
  • Restorative services (fillings, crowns, extractions, root canals) by dentists.

Beginning in 2010, the report provides information on the number of Medicaid-enrolled children receiving:

  • Any dental services by dentists/dental clinics, Title V agency staff, and physicians
  • Any dental services by Title V agency staff and physicians
  • Any dental services by dentists/dental clinics

Beginning in 2013, the report provides information on the number of Medicaid-enrolled children receiving:

  • Any dental services or oral health services by dentists/dental clinics/dental hygienists, medical providers, and Title V agency nurses
  • Any oral health services by medical providers and Title V agency nurses
  • Any dental services by dentists/dental clinics/dental hygienists

EPSDT Dental Services Reports

School Oral Health Survey Reports

The following reports describe the background, methodology, and results from open-mouth surveys conducted in selected Iowa schools. In 1999, students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades were included in the study. All subsequent years only include 3rd graders.

2010 WIC Oral Health Survey Report

The Iowa Department of Public Health coordinated an open-mouth survey of children enrolled in the state WIC program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) during the spring and summer of 2010. This report describes the process of conducting the oral health survey and the results.

Head Start Oral Health Survey Report

The Iowa Department of Public Health has coordinated an open-mouth surveys of children enrolled in the state Head Start program. These reports describe the process for conducting the oral health survey and the results from each of these surveys.

I-Smile™ @ School Annual Report

The I-Smile™ @ School annual report details the Iowa Department of Public Health’s preventive school-based dental program. This program, which focuses on improving the oral health of Iowa’s students in the school setting, provides dental screenings, sealants, fluoride varnish, oral health education, and care coordination services. This report provides an overview of this program and highlights its positive impact across the state.

Sealant Program Summaries

Each year, data collected through the school-based sealant programs funded through the Iowa Department of Public Health are combined into a year-end report.

School Dental Screening Audit Reports

Since the implementation of the school dental screening requirement, a comprehensive audit report of the year's screening data is compiled.

Public Health Supervision Service Reports

In 2003, the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners approved a rule change allowing public health supervision of dental hygienists. Under this rule, a dental hygienist can enter into a collaborative agreement with a dentist, allowing the hygienist to provide services to patients prior to those patients being seen by a dentist. The Oral Health Center is responsible for collecting the annual reports of services provided by dental hygienists working under public health supervision.

Environmental Scans 2014 & 2016

Oral Health Center staff have conducted two environmental scans as part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project to improve Iowa’s oral health strategic planning efforts. The 2014 summary includes survey data and information from both state personnel and external stakeholders. The 2016 summary is a follow-up report with updated survey data and information from state personnel. 

Environmental Scan 2005

This report uses existing data and input from state stakeholders to identify strengths, weaknesses, trends, and conditions regarding the oral health of Iowa children.

Iowa Oral Health Surveillance Plan 2016

This plan is a comprehensive summary of indicators and data sources used to monitor the oral health status of Iowans. 

The Impact of Unaddressed Dental Disease

Oral health is the silent epidemic. Despite being one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States, dental disease often does not receive the needed attention from policymakers and from the public. Public Health Dental Director Dr. Bob Russell details this problem in his report and notes how untreated dental disease has resulted increased visits to hospital emergency rooms.

Access to Preventive Dental Care by Medicaid Recipients During Pregnancy, Iowa 2005 - 2009

A fact sheet was developed to highlight the increase in access to preventive dental care for Iowa Medicaid recipients during pregnancy. The Iowa Department of Public Health collaborated with the Iowa Department of Human Services/Iowa Medicaid Enterprise, the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Public Health Promotion, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this fact sheet.