In April 2018, Oral Health America (OHA) released it biannual report, A State of Decay, Vol. IV, a state-by-state analysis of variables that affect the oral health of older adults in the United States.
Ohio ranked near the bottom, and it is clear we have work to do to ensure all older adults have good oral health as a key factor in being healthy as they age. The good news is that Ohio scored well in four of the six variables to measure state performance. The two variables where Ohio did not score well include: State Oral Health Plan (SOHP) and Basic Screening Survey (BSS). Currently, Ohio does not have a state oral health plan and does not track basic screening surveys on older adults. Oral Health Ohio is working to address both variables to improve its ranking in the State of Decay report.