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A Building Block for Better Health

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Oral disease is one of the most overlooked chronic diseases that affects both adults and children. It is a new category for the 2019 NMC Healthcare Report Card. There is a relationship between oral health and several chronic diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and many other diseases share similar risk factors with oral diseases. Dental clinics and check-ups need to be accessible so that symptoms of chronic diseases can be detected early and disease progression can be managed. Oral health is critical to our overall well-being, and there are many areas were Nevada can improve.

Oral Health: Oral Health IndicatorsYearCurrent Valuevs. prior period2020 TargetRankGrade
Note – All death rate and provider rate statistics are per 100,000 residents

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  • Worst Performer
  • Best Performer

Sources

  • Age-Adjusted Death Rate - Oral Cancer – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics,CDC WONDER Online Database
  • Percentage of Adults 18-64 with No Tooth Loss – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chronic Disease Indicators
  • Percentage of Adults over 65 Who Have Lost 6+ Teeth – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oral Health Data
  • Percentage of Adults over 65 Who Have All Teeth – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oral Health Data
  • Percentage of Adults Visiting a Dentist in Past Year – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oral Health Data
  • Percentage of Population with Fluoridated Water – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oral Health Data
  • Dentist Provider Rate - County Health Rankings, http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/

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2020 Target Methodology

The 2020 targets are based on the methodology used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 initiative. In most cases the targets are calculated as a 10 percent improvement over the U.S. average from a base year, typically 2007-2008. In cases where national data from certain sources was not available or reliable, Nevada data was used as the baseline. For more information on Healthy People 2020 and the target-setting methodology, visit www.healthypeople.gov.