Designing a standardized oral health survey for the tri-services

Mil Med. 1994 Mar;159(3):179-86.


To address a Congressional directive for a comprehensive study of the military medical care system (including dental care), the Tri-Service Dental Chiefs convened a panel of dental epidemiologists to develop a standardized protocol for assessing the oral health of soldiers, sailors, and airmen. This paper discusses previous military and civilian oral health surveys and outlines key design features of the common military protocol that evolved from this critical review of the literature.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Dental Health Surveys*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / trends
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Dentistry / trends
  • Military Personnel*
  • Oral Health*
  • Oral Hygiene Index*
  • United States