The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC) knows that what gets measured gets changed. As we continue to move the oral health needle forward across the Commonwealth, we must look at data and research to ensure we’re being effective in focusing our efforts and finding solutions.

Kentucky KIDS COUNT Oral Health Data Indicators

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

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.

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

View the project overview HERE.

KOHC Reports & Publications

2014 Roadmap to Oral Health Literacy Planning Report

  • Section 1: Oral Health 2014 Oral Health Literacy Planning Grant Summary
  • Section 2: Focus Group Findings
  • Section 3: Oral Health Literacy Survey Findings
  • Section 4: Kentucky Networks and Resources for a Statewide Oral Health Literacy Campaign


Kentucky’s Cavity: Parents Voice Concerns about Children’s Dental Care in their Communities

This report gave parents a chance to talk about their experiences in obtaining dental health services for their children in their communities. Many of the problems, challenges, barriers, and experiences that parents spoke to us about have been documented in other research, some of which we present in this report to support the parents’ observations.


National Reports & Publications