During the 2015-2016 school year, Delta Dental of Kentucky’s Making Smiles Happen® initiative launched a statewide children’s oral health study. Delta Dental of Kentucky partnered with Kentucky Youth Advocates, the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, and other key partners to collect data on the oral health status of over 2,000 3rd and 6th grade children. The data provided state and regional pictures of the oral health needs of children in the state. This is the first study of this kind conducted since 2001.
Overall, the 2016 study found that despite some progress,
too many Kentucky children suffer from poor oral health.