Virginia Oral Health Report Card

Virginia Oral Health Report Card

Measuring Progress, Inspiring Change

Oral health is health.  Good oral health is an essential part of overall health and well-being.  This connection is important for everyone across the lifespan.  Unfortunately, Virginia only earns a "C+" when compared to the nation's performance on the following nine key indicators of oral health. 

The good news?  This is winnable.  Dental disease is preventable.  State health care leaders share a collective vision for the commonwealth to become the healthiest state in the nation -- a vision that cannot be achieved without addressing oral health problems.  Virginia has the necessary partnerships and commitment to improve oral health care delivery.  The Virginia Oral Health Report Card is a tool to renew our focus, investment and innovation, and to support collaboration around oral health issues as we seek to become the healthiest state in the nation. 


Click each indicator tile in the Infographic below to view narrative information. For additional details on how we arrived at each indicator, including data sources and information, check out the Methodology

DOWNLOAD the Report Card infographic and technical notes.

Partner to Improve Oral Health 

Our C+ grade on the Virginia Oral Health Report Card shows that we have a lot of work to do to improve oral health - and overall health - for all Virginians.  You can join us at the state level in one of our workgroups or locally through a regional alliance.  Review the group descriptions below and complete our Partnership Form to get started.

Regional Opportunity

Regional Oral Health Alliance:  Regional alliances will act as leaders at the regional Report Card convenings and guide regional planning efforts. 

Statewide Opportunities

Report Card Workgroup:  Members monitor nine high-level indicators of oral health in Virginia, work to expand data collection, and serve as a connector among regional efforts. 

Adult Dental Access Workgroup:  Members identify and advocate for policy strategies to improve access to dental services for low-income adults.  Current focus is an adult dental benefit in an expanded Medicaid. 

Early Dental Home Workgroup:  Members identify and implement programs and policy strategies to increase utilization of dental services for pregnant women and young children.  Members also serve as an advisory council for the Virginia Department of Health's Perinatal & Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Grant. 

School Age Oral Health Workgroup:  Members identify and implement programs and policy strategies that ensure readiness to learn is not hindered by poor oral health.  (Formerly the "Kindergarten Dental Policy Workgroup.")


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