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2016-17 Statewide Oral Health/BMI Screening Survey of Preschool-Aged Children

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) recently completed a statewide oral health and Body Mass Index (BMI) screening survey of preschool-aged children. The survey was conducted to help ODH monitor the health of young children in the state and plan public health programs to improve their health.

Screenings were conducted at Early Childhood Learning Centers licensed through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and public preschool programs licensed by the Ohio Department of Education during the 2016-17 school year. About 3,000 children at 82 sites were screened. 

With consent from parents, each child had their height and weight checked to measure growth and were screened on four measures of oral health:

  • the presence of cavities (tooth decay).
  • treated tooth decay (fillings and crowns).
  • teeth extracted (pulled) due to cavities.
  • the need for dental care.

Also, parents were asked questions on the consent form about problems getting dental care for their child. A question on the number of sweetened beverages their child drinks per day was also asked.

Overall results of the oral health portion of the screening survey can be found in the Fall, 2017 edition of the Oral Health Program newsletter.

Page Updated: 02/05/2018