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Children preventive dental visits 

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Yearly preventive dental visits can prevent tooth decay

Examples of preventive dental care include dental cleanings, pit and fissure sealants, and fluoride varnish.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend at least one preventive dental visit each year, starting by the child’s first birthday or when the first tooth appears, whichever comes first.


8 in 10 Minnesota children have at least one yearly preventive dental visit

During 2011 to 2012, 8 out of 10 children had a preventive dental visit within the past year.

8 out of every 10
Minnesota children (1 to 17 years) (75.7%)

Have at least one preventive dental visit
2011 to 2012


Children under age 6 are less likely to have preventive dental visits

Children past year preventive dental visit by age, 2011 to 2012

Source: National Survey of Children's Health.

Data indicator

1 to 5 years

6 to 11 years

12 to 17 years

United States

Percent children (1 to 17 years) with at least one past year preventive dental visit

54.3%

87.6%

85.1%

95% Confidence Interval

53.0 to 55.7

86.7 to 88.5

84.1 to 86.1

Number children (1 to 17 years) with at least one past year preventive dental visit

13,797

28,007

30,495

Estimated population

10,782,309

21,334,326

21,271,270

Minnesota

Percent children (1 to 17 years) with at least one past year preventive dental visit

44.2%

90.4%

87.1%

95% Confidence Interval

38.2 to 50.2

86.8 to 94.0

83.0 to 87.1

Number children (1 to 17 years) with at least one past year preventive dental visit

255

533

591

Estimated population

157,144

400,953

354,823

Data is based on a telephone survey of parent or guardian reported measures of non-institutionalized children (i.e., children not in jail, prison, or hospital setting). Total sample: United States = 90,240 and Minnesota = 1,735. Percentages are weighted to population characteristics. See About the Data: National Survey of Children’s Health for more information.

In Minnesota during 2011 to 2012, children under age 6 were 2.0 times less likely to have had a preventive dental visit within the past year compared to children 6 to 17 years. 

Nationally, 54 percent of children under age 6 had a preventive dental visit within the past year compared to 86 percent of children 6 to 17 years.


Children in poverty are less likely to have yearly preventive dental visits

Children past year preventive dental visit by household poverty level, 2011 to 2012

Data source: National Survey of Children's Health.

Data indicator

0 to 99% federal poverty level (lowest income)

100 to 199% federal poverty level

200 to 399% federal poverty level

400% or more federal poverty level

United States

Percent children (1 to 17 years) with at least one past year preventive dental visit

68.0%

73.0%

79.7%

85.0%

95% Confidence Interval

66.4 to 69.7

71.5 to 74.6

78.6 to 80.8

84.1 to 85.9

Number children (1 to 17 years) with at least one past year preventive dental visit

9,583

12,097

22,202

28,417

Estimated population

10,420,985

10,922,093

15,594,514

16,450,243

Minnesota

Percent children (1 to 17 years) with at least one past year preventive dental visit

58.3%

73.2%

75.9%

84.4%

95% Confidence Interval

48.1 to 68.5

65.7 to 80.8

71.0 to 80.8

80.5 to 88.3

Number children (1 to 17 years) with at least one past year preventive dental visit

87

176

473

643

Estimated population

100,920

149,611

332,523

329,837

Data is based on a telephone survey of parent or guardian reported measures of non-institutionalized children (i.e., children not in jail, prison, or hospital setting).  Total sample: United States = 90,231 and Minnesota = 1,735.  Percentages are weighted to population characteristics.  See About the Data: National Survey of Children’s Health for more information.

Federal Poverty Level in the National Survey of Children’s Health data uses the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines calculated from parent or guardian reported income to determine program and benefit eligibility.  Those above 400% of the federal poverty level have more income than those at or below 100%.

In Minnesota during 2011 to 2012, children living in households below 100% of the federal poverty level were 1.4 times less likely to have had a preventive dental visit within the past year, compared to children living in households at or above 400% of the federal poverty level. 

Nationally, children living in households below 100% of the federal poverty level were 1.3 times less likely to have had a preventive dental visit within the past year, compared to children living in households at or above 400% of the federal poverty level.