Oral Health Quality Indicators for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Population

Consortium for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement
Indicators

Indicators

Indicators are listed below and in this handout. Follow the links to view a one-page summary of each indicator and full technical specifications for each indicator. View details about indicator sources. Consult the user guide for comprehensive information.

Quality Indicators for Women of Child-Bearing Age and Pregnant Women

Access

W.1. Percentage of pregnant women reporting difficulty getting dental care during pregnancy (Data source: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System [PRAMS])

W.2. Percentage of pregnant women who had insurance to cover dental care during pregnancy (Data source: PRAMS)

Utilization

W.3. Percentage of pregnant women who reported having their teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist during pregnancy (Data source: PRAMS)

W.4. Percentage of women of child-bearing age (ages 18–44) who report having a visit to a dentist or dental clinic in the past year (Data source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Outcome

W.5. Percentage of pregnant women reporting that they needed to see a dentist for a problem during pregnancy (Data source: PRAMS)

Quality Indicators for Children

Access

C.1. Dentists who actively participate in Medicaid per 1,000 EPSDT-eligible enrolled children (Data source: Medicaid enrollment and claims)

Utilization

C.2. Percentage of children who had a dental visit in the last 12 months (Data source: Medicaid enrollment and claims)*

C.3. Percentage of children at elevated risk receiving preventive dental services (Data source: Medicaid enrollment and claims)*

Process

C.4. Percentage of children at elevated risk receiving at least two topical fluoride applications as a dental service (Data source: Medicaid enrollment and claims)*

C.5. Percentage of children at elevated risk receiving at least two topical fluoride applications as an oral health service (Data source: Medicaid enrollment and claims)*

C.6. Percentage of children who have ever received sealants on permanent first molar teeth by the 10th birthdate (Data source: Medicaid enrollment and claims)*

C.7. Percentage of children who have ever received sealants on permanent second molar teeth by the 15th birthdate (Data source: Medicaid enrollment and claims)*

Outcome

C.8. Percentage of kindergarten children with dental caries experience (treated or untreated tooth decay) (Data source: Basic Screening Survey [BSS])

C.9. Percentage of third-grade children with dental caries experience (treated or untreated tooth decay) (Data source: BSS)

C.10. Percentage of kindergarten children with urgent dental treatment needs (Data source: BSS)

C.11. Percentage of third-grade children with urgent dental treatment needs (Data source: BSS)

*Developer and steward: DQA