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Oral Health

Many Americans do not have access to regular dental care. Dental insurance coverage and social determinants of health, including income level and educational attainment, may impact one’s ability to access regular dental care. Addressing social determinants is key to reducing health disparities and improving the health of all Americans.

 

Persons with a Dental Visit by Insurance Status, 2013

The rate of a dental visit in the past 12 months for persons aged 2–64 years with private health insurance was more than 2.5 times that of the population who were uninsured (age adjusted). (Note that some, but not all, health insurance plans include dental coverage.)

Private health insurance: 50.6% (age adjusted)

Uninsured: 19.2% (age adjusted)

Data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ.

 

Persons with a Dental Visit by Education, 2013

The rate of a dental visit in the past 12 months for persons aged 25 years and over with at least some college education was more than 2.5 times that of the population with less than a high school education (age adjusted).

At least some college: 50.4% (age adjusted)

Less than high school: 17.5% (age adjusted)

Data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ.

 

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020 TARGET

Persons with a Dental Visit

HP2020 Target: 49.0%

Most recent (2013): 43.0%

In 2013, 43.0% of persons aged 2 years and over had a dental visit in the past 12 months (age adjusted).   

14.0% increase needed

Data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ.