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Dental treatment use (children)

Dental treatment service use among Medicaid eligible children by:


Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Program offers oral screenings, dental disease prevention, and referrals for yearly well-child care health and dental visits to children enrolled in Medicaid and other Minnesota Health Care Programs

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) is Minnesota’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program—a federal program required in every state to provide children enrolled in a Medicaid or public health insurance program with yearly well-child care health and dental visits.

Children eligible for Minnesota’s C&TC services include all children under the age of 21 enrolled in a Medicaid or Children Health Insurance (CHIP) expansion program (Medical Assistance) or MinnesotaCare (collectively called Minnesota Health Care Programs).

The following is based on data from the CMS-416 Report, which records dental treatment service use among children ages 1 to 20 years enrolled in Medicaid and other state health insurance programs. This data includes paid, unpaid, and denied fee-for-service claims and encounter data for at least one dental treatment service among children enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program for at least 90 continuous days during the federal fiscal year (October 1 through September 30).

Dental treatment services include sedation or anesthesia, oral surgery, dentures, and restorative work such as dental cavity fillings, crowns, and root canals provided by or under the supervision of a dentist. For more information visit: About the Data: Child and Teen Checkups Program (CMS-416) Report.


1 in 5 Minnesota Medicaid children receive at least one yearly dental treatment service

During federal fiscal year 2015, almost 1 out of 5 Minnesota C&TC eligible children (17 percent) had at least one dental treatment service.

1 out of every 5
C&TC eligible children (1 to 20 years) (17.4%)

Have at least one dental treatment service
FFY 2015


Dental treatment services used most by children 6 to 18 years

Dental treatment service use among Child and Teen Checkup (C&TC) eligible children by age, federal fiscal year 2015

Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services. Child and Teen Checkup (CMS-416) Report.
Age group (years) Number of C&TC eligible children Number of C&TC eligible children
with at least one
dental treatment service
Percent C&TC
eligible children
with at least one
dental treatment service use within age groups (row percent)
95% Confidence Interval
1 to 2 68,009 1,096 1.6% 1.5 to 1.7
3 to 5 91,808 13,147 14.3% 14.1 to 14.5
6 to 9 121,817 28,780 23.6% 23.4 to 23.9
10 to 14 128,779 26,844 20.8% 20.6 to 21.1
15 to 18 89,130 18,011 20.2% 19.9 to 20.5
19 to 20 39,170 6,106 15.6% 15.2 to 15.9

Data include Child and Teen Checkup/Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (C&TC) eligible children enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program for at least 90-continuous days during the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) (October 1 through September 30). Total eligible children (1 to 20 years) enrolled during FFY 2015 = 538,713.

Dental treatment services include sedation or anesthesia, oral surgery, dentures, and restorative work such as dental cavity fillings, crowns, and root canals provided by or under the supervision of a dentist. Data is based on all unduplicated counts of paid, unpaid, and denied claims submitted for reimbursement from fee-for-service providers, managed care plans, Indian Health Services, and Federally Qualified Health Centers that contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This chart represents percent dental treatment service use within age groups (row percentages). See About the Data: Child and Teen Checkups Program (CMS-416) Report for more information.

Among C&TC eligible children who received a dental treatment service during federal fiscal year 2015, over three-fourths were between the ages of 6 to 18 years (78 percent).


There is no major difference in dental treatment service use by race and ethnicity

Dental treatment service use among Child and Teen Checkup (C&TC) eligible children by race and ethnicity, federal fiscal year 2015

Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services. Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (CMS-416) Report.
Race and ethnicity Number of C&TC eligible children
(1 to 20 years)
Number of C&TC eligible children
(1 to 20 years) with
at least one dental treatment service
Percent C&TC eligible children
(1 to 20 years) with at least one dental treatment service within race and ethnicity groups (row percent)
95% Confidence Interval
White 233,773 194,405 16.8% 16.7 to 17.0
African American or Black 99,735 82,797 17.0% 16.7 to 17.2
American Indian/
Alaska Native
16,202 13,016 19.7% 19.1 to 20.3
Asian or Pacific Islander 36,448 28,712 21.2% 20.8 to 21.6
Hispanic/Latino 60,420 47,714 21.0% 20.7 to 21.4
Mixed Race 25,838 21,571 16.5% 16.1 to 17.0

Data include Child and Teen Checkup/Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (C&TC) eligible children enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program for at least 90-continuous days during the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) (October 1 through September 30). Total eligible children (1 to 20 years) enrolled during FFY 2015 with a known single race and ethnicity or mixed race = 472,416. Unknown or missing race and ethnicity (not shown in this chart) = 9,783 with at least one dental treatment service of 66,297 eligible.

Dental treatment services include sedation or anesthesia, oral surgery, dentures, and restorative work such as dental cavity fillings, crowns, and root canals provided by or under the supervision of a dentist. Data is based on all unduplicated counts of paid, unpaid, and denied claims submitted for reimbursement from fee-for-service providers, managed care plans, Indian Health Services, and Federally Qualified Health Centers that contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This chart represents percent dental treatment service use within age groups (row percentages). See About the Data: Child and Teen Checkups Program (CMS-416) Report for more information.

In federal fiscal year 2015, there were no differences in dental treatment service use by race and ethnicity.


Dental treatment service use by county

Child & Teen Checkup Eligible Children (1 to 20 years) Dental Treatment Service Use, federal fiscal year 2015

County map image Child & Teen Checkup Eligible Children (1 to 20 years) Dental Treatment Service Use and link to PDF of the same

Child and Teen Checkup eligible children include all children enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program (Medical Assistance or Medicaid, MNCare) for at least 90-continuous days during the federal fiscal year (FFY) (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30). Total eligible children (1 to 20 years) enrolled during FFY 2015 = 538,713. Dental treatment services include sedation or anesthesia, oral surgery, dentures, and restorative work such as dental cavity fillings, crowns, and root canals provided by or under the supervision of a dentist. Data is based on all unduplicated counts of paid, unpaid, and denied claims submitted for reimbursement from select fee-for-service providers, managed care plans, Indian Health Services, and Federally Qualified Health Centers that contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. See About the Data: Child and Teen Checkups Program (CMS-416) Report for more information.

During federal fiscal year 2015, C&TC eligible children in Lake County (27 percent) had the highest dental treatment service use and C&TC eligible children in Rock County (8 percent) had the lowest dental treatment service use.