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CDC monitors the occurrence of oral diseases and conditions, the use of preventive measures (e.g., dental sealants), and other factors that can influence oral health, such as dental visits. CDC leads the nation by helping states and territories collect oral health data and by developing new methods for oral health surveillance. CDC scientists are currently working with other leading experts to develop self-report measures for use in the surveillance of periodontal disease at the state and local levels. These self-reported measures of periodontal (gum) disease in adults will soon be tested in a national survey. We also bring together oral health data from many sources and make this information widely available to public health professionals and consumers through CDC Web-based systems.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations.
An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community. ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.
Part of the National Institutes of Health, NIDCR is the Federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases. Scientists supported by NIDCR use modern biomedical and behavioral research tools to conduct research on the full spectrum of topics related to diseases and conditions that fall within the Institute’s mission.
The CAPP database is based on national oral health surveys, publications from national health bulletins and personal communications. Additionally, the dentition status information, as well as periodontal diseases information, have been retrieved from bibliography databases.