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Dental visit in the past 12 months, 2007 and 2009

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OH-7 education and income graph

Objective OH-7 View Leading Health Indicators

SOURCE: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ.
NOTES: Data are for the proportion of persons aged 2 years and over who reported a dental visit in the past 12 months and are age adjusted using the year 2000 standard population. Data by education are for persons aged 25 and over.
FPL = Federal Poverty Level.
I = 95% confidence interval.

Over the past decade, the proportion of persons aged 2 years and over who reported a dental visit in the past 12 months decreased slightly from 44.5% in 1999 to 43.1% in 2009 (age adjusted), although this change was not statistically significant. Rates varied by education and family income. For example, in 2009:

  • 57.6% (age adjusted) of persons aged 25 and over with at least some college reported a dental visit in the past 12 months, compared with: 35.9% of those with a high school education; and 17.7% of those with less than a high school education. When expressed as persons aged 25 and over who did not report a dental visit in the past 12 months, the rate for those with less than a high school education was nearly twice the rate for those with at least some college education.
  • 57.3% (age adjusted) of persons aged 2 years and over with family incomes at or above 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) reported a dental visit in the past 12 months, compared with: 41.3% among those at 200%–399% of the FPL; 29.5% among those at 100%–199% of the FPL; and 27.1% among those with family incomes below the FPL. When expressed as persons aged 2 years and over who did not report a dental visit in the past 12 months, the rates for those with family incomes below the FPL and at 100%–199% of the FPL were more than one and a half times the rate for those with family incomes at or above 400% of the FPL.

Dental visit in the past 12 months, 2007 and 2009

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OH-7 race graph

Objective OH-7 View Leading Health Indicators

SOURCE: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ.
NOTES: Data are for the proportion of persons aged 2 years and over who reported a dental visit in the past 12 months and are age adjusted using the year 2000 standard population. Respondents were asked to select one or more races. The single-race categories are for persons who reported only one racial group. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
I = 95% confidence interval.

Over the past decade, the proportion of persons aged 2 years and over who had a dental visit in the past 12 months decreased slightly from 44.5% in 1999 to 43.1% in 2009 (age adjusted), although this change was not statistically significant. Rates varied by race and ethnicity. For example, in 2009, 49.0% (age adjusted) of the non-Hispanic white population aged 2 years and over reported a dental visit in the past 12 months, compared with: 33.7% of the Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander population; 33.7% of the American Indian or Alaska Native population; 30.6% of the non-Hispanic black population; and 27.8% of the Hispanic or Latino population. When expressed as persons aged 2 years and over who did not report a dental visit in the past 12 months, the rates for the Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic or Latino populations were all nearly one and a half times the rate for the non-Hispanic white population.

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