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Untreated dental decay, children and adolescents, 1999–2004, 2009–10, and 2011–12

Decrease Desired

SOURCE: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

NOTE: Data are for the proportion of children aged 3–5 years with untreated dental decay in at least one primary tooth (objective OH-2.1), children aged 6–9 years with untreated dental decay in at least one primary or permanent tooth (objective OH-2.2), and adolescents aged 13–15 years with untreated dental decay in at least one permanent tooth (objective OH-2.3).

confidence interval = 95% confidence interval. 

The proportion of children aged 3-5 years with untreated dental decay in at least one primary tooth decreased 50.8% from 1999–2004 to 2011–12, from 23.8% to 11.7%. The proportion of children aged 6-9 years with untreated dental decay in at least one primary or permanent tooth decreased 25.3% from 1999–2004 to 2011-12, from 28.8% to 21.5%. The proportion of adolescents aged 13–15 years with untreated dental decay in at least one permanent tooth decreased 32.9% from 1999-2004 to 2011–12, from 17.0% to 11.4%.

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014

Untreated dental decay, adults, 1999–2004 and 2011–12

Decrease Desired

*Data for adults aged 75 years and over were not collected in 2011-12.

SOURCE: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.

NOTE: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 35–44 years with untreated dental decay in at least one permanent tooth (objective OH–3.1), adults aged 65–74 years with untreated coronal caries in at least one permanent tooth (objective OH–3.2), and adults aged 75 years and over with untreated root surface caries in at least one permanent tooth (objective OH–3.3).

confidence interval = 95% confidence interval. 

The proportion of adults aged 35-44 years with untreated dental decay in at least one permanent tooth  decreased 10.4% from 1999–2004 to 2011–12, from 27.8% to 24.9%, although this change was not statistically significant. Similarly, the proportion of adults aged 65–74 years with untreated coronal caries in at least one permanent tooth decreased 13.5% from 1999–2004 to 2011–12, from 17.1% to 14.8%, although this change was not statistically significant. In 1999–2004, 37.9% of adults aged 75 years and over had untreated root surface caries in at least one permanent tooth. Data were unavailable in 2011–12 to assess change over time. 

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014

Dental visit in the past 12 months, 2007–2011

Increase Desired

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.

The proportion of persons aged 2 years and over who reported a dental visit in the past 12 months decreased 6.1% between 2007 and 2011, from 44.5% to 41.8% (age adjusted). The likelihood of a dental visit in the past 12 months varied by education. For example, in 2011, 54.6% (age adjusted) of persons aged 25 years and over with some college education reported a dental visit in the past 12 months, more than one and a half times the likelihood among those who were high school graduates, 34.4%, and more than three times the likelihood among those who had less than a high school education, 16.8%. 

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014

Preventive dental visit in the past year, low-income children and adolescents, 2007–2011

Increase Desired

SOURCE: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ.
NOTE: Data are for the proportion of children and adolescents aged 2–18 years whose family incomes were at or below 200% of the Poverty Threshold (PT) and who received a preventive dental service during the past year.

The proportion of children and adolescents aged 2–18 years whose family incomes were at or below 200% of the Poverty Threshold (PT) and who received a preventive dental service during the past year increased 10.3% between 2007 and 2011, from 30.2% to 33.3%, although this change was not statistically significant. The likelihood of a preventive dental visit in the past year varied by health insurance status. For example, in 2011, 36.7% of low-income children and adolescents with a private health insurance received a preventive dental service during the past year, more than three times the likelihood among low-income children and adolescents without health insurance, 12.0%.

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014

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HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020 NATIONAL SNAPSHOTS

A User's Guide

  1. National snapshots provide a visual display of progress for selected objectives in each Healthy People 2020 Topic Area, whenever data are available.

  2. The snapshot heading describes the snapshot theme, the population to which the snapshot applies (when needed for clarification), and the data year(s). The snapshot heading is not meant to capture the full scientific scope of the objective(s) that is (are) displayed. The user can find complete technical information about the objective(s) in the Data Details.

  3. The snapshot visual display is generally one of three types: a line graph, a bar chart, or a map. 

  4. The snapshot notes and footnotes indicate any technical information about the data that the user needs to correctly interpret the visual display, together with any key data limitations (when applicable). Although the snapshots are intended to be standalone, the user should consult the objective(s) Data Details for the full range of methodology issues that may impact interpretation.

  5. The snapshot source(s) indicate the data source(s) used to create the visual display.

  6. Age-adjusted data are adjusted using the year 2000 standard population.

  7. Education and income are the primary measures of socioeconomic status in Healthy People 2020. Unless otherwise noted, income is defined as a family’s income before taxes; thus, the terms “income” and “family income” are used interchangeably in the snapshots.

  8. To facilitate comparisons among groups and over time, while adjusting for family size and for inflation, Healthy People 2020 categorizes family income using the Poverty Threshold (PT), sometimes also referred to as the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), developed by the Census Bureau. Unless otherwise overridden by considerations specific to the data system, the five categories of family income primarily used are: 

    1. Below the PT (i.e., less than 100% of the PT) 

    2. At 100%–199% of the PT 

    3. At 200%–399% of the PT 

    4. At 400%–599% of the PT 

    5. At or above 600% of the PT.

  9. A snapshot narrative paragraph highlights some key features of the visual display. The narrative text is not meant to provide an exhaustive analysis of the data displayed. For a more in-depth analysis, the user should refer to the applicable data table(s) and objective(s) Data Details.

  10. The user should keep in mind the following: 

    1. When two rates or proportions are highlighted for comparison (and measures of variability are available), the user may interpret the highlighted difference to be statistically significant at the 0.05 level, unless otherwise stated.

    2. Only selected differences are highlighted in the narrative text. Differences visible in the visual data display but not highlighted in the text still may well be statistically significant.

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014