Reduce the proportion of adults aged 45 years and over with moderate and severe periodontitis — OH‑06 Data Methodology and Measurement

About the National Data


Baseline: 44.5 percent of adults aged 45 years and over had moderate and severe periodontitis in 2015-16

Target: 39.3 percent

Number of adults aged 45 and over with moderate or severe periodontitis.
Number of dentate adults (those who have teeth) aged 45 and over. Based on the number of teeth present from a clinical examination. Adults with no teeth are not included.
Target-setting method
Minimal statistical significance
Target-setting method details
Minimal statistical significance, assuming the same standard error for the target as for the baseline.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were not available for this objective. The standard error was used to calculate a target based on minimal statistical significance, assuming the same standard error for the target as for the baseline. This method was used because it was a statistically significant improvement from the baseline.


Methodology notes

The Centers for Disease Control - American Academy for Periodontology (CDC-AAP) case definitions for moderate and severe periodontitis have been published elsewhere.


Comparable HP2020 objective
Modified, which includes core objectives that are continuing from Healthy People 2020 but underwent a change in measurement.
Changes between HP2020 and HP2030
This objective differs from Healthy People 2020 objective OH-5 in that objective OH-5 tracks persons aged 45 to 64 years, while this objective tracks persons aged 45 years and over.


Additional resources about the objective

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Page RC, Eke PI. Case definitions for use in population-based surveillance of periodontitis. J Periodontol. 2007 Jul;78(7 Suppl):1387-99. doi: 10.1902/jop.2007.060264. PMID: 17608611.
Eke PI, Dye B. Assessment of self-report measures for predicting population prevalence of periodontitis. J Periodontol. 2009 Sep;80(9):1371-9. doi: 10.1902/jop.2009.080607. PMID: 19722785.
Eke PI, Thornton-Evans GO, Wei L, Borgnakke WS, Dye BA. Accuracy of NHANES periodontal examination protocols. J Dent Res. 2010 Nov;89(11):1208-13. doi: 10.1177/0022034510377793. Epub 2010 Sep 21. PMID: 20858782.
Eke PI, Wei L, Thornton-Evans GO, Borrell LN, Borgnakke WS, Dye B, Genco RJ. Risk Indicators for Periodontitis in US Adults: NHANES 2009 to 2012. J Periodontol. 2016 Oct;87(10):1174-85. doi: 10.1902/jop.2016.160013. Epub 2016 Jul 1. PMID: 27367420.
Eke PI, Thornton-Evans GO, Wei L, Borgnakke WS, Dye BA, Genco RJ. Periodontitis in US Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2014. J Am Dent Assoc. 2018 Jul;149(7):576-588.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2018.04.023. PMID: 29957185; PMCID: PMC8094373.