World Map on Average Consumption of Sugars and Sweeteners

The Word Dental Federation created a map on the average consumption of sugars and sweeteners, measured by grams per person per day. This map is one of many maps created by the World Dental Federation about the indicators and factors of oral health and oral health related issues. Based on the map below, in most countries in the world, including the U.S., individuals are consuming more than 100 grams of sugar per person per day. This information is significant for developing policies and issues regarding oral health issues and chronic illnesses.

Visit the World Dental Federation’s website here to learn more about their work and maps related to oral health.

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Source: https://www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/media/43_map_oral_health_2.pdf

 

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World Map of Oral Cancer

The following map is from the World Dental Federation. This map shows the incidence rate per 100,000 people of oral and lip cancer in individuals who are 15 years of age and older. Based on this map, the U.S. appears to have an oral cancer incidence rate of 5.0 – 6.9 per 100,000 people. This incidence rate is higher than other countries, which aren’t as developed or economically stable. Maps like this are important in understanding the differences in incidence and prevalence rates of many oral health-related issues.

For more information on the World Dental Federation and their maps on various oral health indicators, check out their website, here.

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Source: https://www.fdiworlddental.org/sites/default/files/media/26_map_oh2.pdf

Who doesn’t have health insurance?

There are multiple reasons why some individuals in the US have health insurance and others do not.  Affordability, knowledge of health insurance policies and awareness of need are just some reasons one may or may not have health insurance. To raise public awareness about the social determinants that increase one’s susceptibility to developing heart disease and stroke, in 2014 the CDC released a map of the percentage of adults in the US who are under the age of 65 and are uninsured. This map highlights areas of the country that are severely uninsured compared to areas where almost no one is without health insurance.

To read more about the CDC’s efforts at addressing heart disease and stroke in the US, please visit their website here.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Percent of Population Under Age 65 without Health Insurance. Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/maps/sd_insurance.htm

Heat Mapping in GA using GIS

The CDC conducted an interesting case study in which they mapped areas in Georgia that were most at risk to hazardous exposure from climate change. This map includes indicators such as percent of population below poverty level, percent 65 or older living alone, heat event exposure, percent of dialysis patients covered by Medicare, hospital insufficiency and percent impervious surface. To learn more information about how this study was conducted, check out the website here.

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Source: https://health2016.globalchange.gov/populations-concern

GA County Health Rankings

The Georgia Department of Public Health (GADPH) created maps of the health factors and outcomes in all of the counties in Georgia. The list of health factors include health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment. However, there is no mention of any oral health indicators. Health outcomes are defined as length and quality of life. Maps of these indicators and outcomes are helpful to better understand the impact of health issues in various populations. In the map below, the green counties represent health outcomes and the blue counties represent health factors.

Click on the source link below to access more information about GADPH’s state-wide data mapping efforts.

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Source: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/georgia/2018/overview#!%2Fgeorgia%2F2018%2Foverview

 

Preventive Dental Care for Children in GA – A look at the disparities.

Preventive oral health care is essential for one’s overall health. For children, it is important to address oral health needs earlier in life to prevent oral health issues from forming and progressing into adulthood. Below is a map of the percentage of children in Georgia with financial access to preventive dental care. This map comes from an article written by Cao, Gentili, Griffin, Griffin & Serban (2017) titled, “Disparities in Preventive Dental Care Among Children in Georgia.”

The authors of the article state that financial access is, “the percentage of children who either are eligible for public insurance or have the ability to afford dental care through commercial insurance or ability to pay out-of-pocket,” (Cao et al., 2017). Although there are plenty of children who are eligible to receive public funding for preventive dental care in GA, only 27.9% of the 4,123 dentists in GA who offer preventive dental services to children accept public insurance, (Cao et al., 2017).

What are your thoughts? What does financial access to preventive dental care mean to you? Is this an accurate representation of financial access? I invite you to read more of the article on the CDC’s website, here

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Source: Cao S, Gentili M, Griffin PM, Griffin SO, Serban N. Disparities in Preventive Dental Care Among Children in Georgia. Prev Chronic Dis 2017;14:170176. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd14.170176.

The Availability of Food

These maps from 2010 show the availability of grocery store locations and also the percentage of people who had a car to get there. The topic of food availability is already an interesting conversation.. is there enough food? Is there enough food, but it just isn’t distributed evenly? Why is healthy food more expense then unhealthy? Why has food become more of a business then of a way to survive? Take a look at these maps, because they bring another problem into the mix! Transportation and accessibility.

The information for the maps was collected from the USDA Food Environment Atlas and the maps were created by Meharry Medical College.

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