Oral Health by the Numbers

Data is an essential component of public health.  Data should be what drives decisions and change.  It is our role to collect and provide oral health surveillance data in Texas.  DDSHS both conducts surveillance through its Texas Oral Health Basic Screening Surveys (BSS) of schoolchildren and analyzes oral health data from other surveys conducted throughout the state.  We analyze oral health data and make it available to our partners and stakeholders.

The Texas Oral Health Surveillance System  

The Texas Oral Health Surveillance System (TOHSS) defines public health surveillance as an ongoing systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health data for purposes of improving health. The creation of TOHSS allows Texas to collect and review oral health data from available standardized reporting formats. It also allows Texas to compare the oral health of its residents to that of national standards, such as the National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS), jointly developed by the CDC and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), and Healthy People 2020 (HP2020), which is maintained by the United States (US) Department of Health and Human Services. By analyzing trends over time, essential oral health information is available for stakeholders and policymakers to evaluate current systems and identify potential resources needed to improve the oral health of all Texans in the future. 

Texas Oral Health Data Resources

Texas Overall Findings 3rdGrade BSS2018 Final

Texas Access to OH Care 3rd Grade BSS 2018 Final

Texas Oral Health Disparities 3rdGrade BSS2018 Final

3rd Grade Screening Survey: Rural/Urban and Border/Non-Border Analysis

2012-2016 Teeth Cleaning During Pregnancy in Texas

Texas 2016-2017 NSCH OH Data Brief

2016-2017 Smile Proud Report


Last updated July 16, 2019