Basic Screening Surveys (BSS)
Recognizing the need for community level oral health status and dental care access data, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) developed the Basic Screening Survey (BSS). The primary purpose of the BSS is to provide a framework for obtaining oral health data that is inexpensive and easy to implement; yet always consistent. By collecting data in a consistent manner, communities and states have the ability to compare their data with (1) data collected by other organizations or agencies using the same methodology and/or (2) data from previous surveys.
Before embarking on a screening survey, it is important to understand its limitations. A dental screening is not a thorough clinical examination and does not involve making a clinical diagnosis resulting in a treatment plan. A screening is intended to identify definitive dental or oral lesions, and is conducted by dentists, dental hygienists, or other appropriate health care workers, in accordance with applicable state law.
The information gathered through a screening survey is at a level consistent with monitoring the nation health objectives found in Healthy People 2020 (www.healthypeople.gov/), the United States Public Health Services's 10 -year agenda for improving the Nation's health. Surveys are cross sectional (looking at a population at a point in time) and descriptive (intended for determining estimates of oral health status for a defined population).
The BSS model has two basic components:
- direct observation of an individual's mouth, and
- questions asked of, or about, the individual being screened.
The direct observation portion of the model is required while the questionnaire portion is optional.
NV BSS Head Start Screenings
Nevada BSS Third Grade Oral Health Surveys
Seniors - Healthy Smiles for Healthy Living
Special Needs Population - Basic Screening Survey