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Health Indicator Report of Dental Caries Experience: Children Aged 6-9

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [ (CDC)] says that dental caries (tooth decay) is '''''largely preventable''''', but it remains the '''''most common chronic disease of children''''' aged 6 to 11 years (25%), and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years (59%). '''''Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma''''' among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years (15%). It is also one of the most preventable diseases. Oral health affects a person's overall general health.

Percentage of Children Who Had Ever Had Dental Caries, Utah Children Aged 6-9, 2000-2015


''2000 and 2005 data are for ages 6 to 8 years.''

Data Source

Utah Oral Health Survey, Utah Department of Health


Percentage of 6- to 9-year-old children who have dental caries experience (treated or untreated).


Number of 6 to 9-year-old children who participated in the school dental health survey who had dental caries experience (treated or untreated).


Number of 6 to 9-year-old children who participated in the school dental health survey.

Healthy People Objective OH-1.2:

Reduce the proportion of children aged 6 to 9 years with dental caries experience in their primary and permanent teeth
U.S. Target: 49.0 percent

How Are We Doing?

By third grade most children have already experienced dental disease, and one fifth have obvious untreated decay. In a recent survey of parents of first through third grade children, one in five (22%) did not have insurance that pays for dental care. One in eight (13%) children were reported to have required dental care during the past year but were unable to obtain needed dental treatment.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Utah continues to lag behind the U.S. in the percentage of caries-free children. Utah children have more cavities in part because of the lack of fluoridation in Utah's community water systems. In 2010 Utah was 54% fluoridated; while the U.S. in 2010 was 73.9% fluoridated. This is however an improvement, since in 2000 Utah was less than 2% fluoridated.

What Is Being Done?

Community water fluoridation has been implemented in Salt Lake and Davis counties. It is also being implemented in Brigham City and Helper communities.

Available Services

As of September 2015, Medicaid includes basic dental care for children and pregnant women. There is only emergency coverage for all other adults. For information call 801-538-6155, or 1-800-662-9651 or visit []. CHIP includes preventive and restorative services for children. For more information call 1-877-KIDS-NOW or visit []. There are a few dental clinics that provide services on a sliding fee scale or at a reduced rate. For more information on these clinics, contact your local health department or the State Oral Health Program at (801) 273-2995, or visit the [ Oral Health Program - Find a Dentist] website. Dental Hygiene Schools throughout the state of Utah offer preventive services including sealants and fluoride treatments. Dental Schools also offer treatment services in addition. Contact the UDOH Oral Health Program at (801) 273-2995, or visit the [ Oral Health Program] website for more information. [ Link for Healthy People 2020 for Oral Health]
Page Content Updated On 10/25/2016, Published on 12/02/2016
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Content updated: Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:44 MDT