About the oral health BRFSS data

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based health survey carried out in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Past year adult dental visits: Percentage of adults 18 years and older that reported visiting a dentist or dental clinic at least once within the past year.
  • Older adult complete tooth loss: Percentage of adults 65 years and older that reported having had all their natural permanent teeth removed due to infection, tooth decay or gum disease.
  • Older adult partial tooth loss: Percentage of adults 65 years and older that reported having had 1 to 31 of their natural permanent teeth removed due to infection, tooth decay, or gum disease.
  • Adults with complete set of teeth: Percentage of adults 18 to 64 years that reported none of their natural permanent teeth removed due to infection, tooth decay, or gum disease.
  • U.S. and state non-institutionalized (not on active duty in the Armed Forces or living in mental health facilities, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, or prisons) adults ages 18 years and older.
  • Survey data is based on respondent report of risk factors, exposures, and health outcomes, and are not actual measurements such as that provided by hospitalization data or combination interview with physical examinations (e.g. CDC National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey).
  • The BRFSS surveys a sample of adults 18 years or older in households selected from a list of landline and cellular phone numbers. It does not represent all Minnesota adults, such as those on active duty in the Armed Forces or those living in mental health facilities, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, or prisons.
  • BRFSS is a phone-based survey. Therefore, adults who do not have access to a landline or cellular phone do not have an opportunity to respond to the survey.
  • All surveys have possible selection bias, reporting bias and uneven or low response rates.



 
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
  • Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System