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Oral Health
Many Americans do not have access to regular dental care. Dental 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 in reducing health disparities and improving the health of all Americans.
 
Persons with a Dental Visit by Sex
In 2012, a higher percentage of females aged 2 years and older had a dental visit in the past 12 months than males (age adjusted). 
 
Females (age adjusted): 45.2%
Males (age adjusted): 39.0%
 
Data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ
 
Persons with a Dental Visit by Education
In 2012, the rate for those 25 years and over with at least some college education was about 3 times that of the population with less than a high school education (age adjusted). 
 
At least some college (age adjusted): 54.2%
Less than high school (age adjusted): 18.2%
 
Data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ
 
Healthy People 2020 Target
 
Persons with a Dental Visit
In 2012, 42.1% of persons aged 2 years and older had a dental visit in the past 12 months (age adjusted).
 
Most recent: 49.0%
HP2020 Target: 100%
16.3% increase needed to reach Target
 
Data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ