Kentuckyoralhealth2018-09-14T14:48:09+00:00

Delta Dental of Kentucky is investing in four regions across Kentucky to help improve oral health among children in the Commonwealth. Each region within the state has a unique set of oral health outcomes, and these regional investments provide a localized solution to improving the oral health status of children in each community. This program is the result of state research findings published in the Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky’s Youth. Delta Dental of Kentucky partnered with Kentucky Youth Advocates to develop the regional networks. Read more about each region’s oral health initiative below:

Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky’s Youth

View the Making Smiles Happen®: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky’s Youth report using the flipbook above or by DOWNLOADING A PDF.

View the project overview HERE.

PROJECT SUMMARY

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.

KEY FINDINGS

Overall, the 2016 study found that despite some progress,
too many Kentucky children suffer from poor oral health.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Develop comprehensive goals and objectives for a statewide oral health plan.

Launch regional networks to develop local, data-driven solutions.

Establish school-based sealant programs in all high needs schools.

Promote oral health literacy campaigns.

Regularly collect state and county-level oral health data.

KEY PARTNERS

The following partners made this project possible in meaningful ways.