Dental/Oral Health Service Use: Dental service use (adults)

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Adults visits to the dentist have remained relatively unchanged over time

Adults (ages 18 and older) past year dental clinic visits by year

Data source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Note: Data based on survey respondent report of at least one past year dental clinic visit.  Data from 2012 and later should not be compared to data from previous years due to a change in survey methods.  Estimates for the United States are calculated as a median.  Estimates for Minnesota are calculated as an average or absolute percent.  See About the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data for more information.

In 2012, 75% or nearly eight out of every 10 adults age 18 years and older reported visiting a dentist or dental clinic within the past year. By comparison, 67% or nearly seven out of every 10 adults age 18 years and older in the United States reported visiting a dentist or dental clinic in the past year.

Although adult rates of past-year dental clinic visits are higher in Minnesota than the United States median, disparities by income, education, and race/ethnicity exist.


Adults in higher income brackets were more likely to see a dentist

Adults (ages 18 and older) past year dental clinic visits by income, 2012

Data source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).  Note: Data based on survey respondent report of at least one past year dental clinic visit.  Estimates for the United States are calculated as a median.  Estimates for Minnesota are calculated as an average or absolute percent.  Bars represent the percentage of dental clinic visits within income categories (row percent), therefore do not add to 100-percent.  See About the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data for more information.

Adults with lower income levels (less than $15,000) are less likely to have visited a dentist or dental clinic in the past year compared to adults with higher income levels.


Adults with higher education were more likely to see a dentist

Adults (ages 18 and older) past year dental clinic visits by education, 2012

Data source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.  Note: Data based on survey respondent report of at least one past year dental clinic visit.  Estimates for the United States are calculated as a median. Estimates for Minnesota are calculated as an average or absolute percent.  Bars represent the percentage of dental clinic visits within education categories (row percent), therefore do not add to 100-percent.  See About the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data for more information.

Adults with lower levels of education were less likely to visit a dentist or dental clinic within the past year compared to adults with more education.


White adults were more likely to visit a dentist than other racial/ethnic groups

Adults (ages 18 and older) past year dental clinic visits by race/ethnicity, 2012

Data source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.  Note: Data based on survey respondent report of at least one past year dental clinic visit.  Estimates for the United States are calculated as a median.  Estimates for Minnesota are calculated as an average or absolute percent.  Bars represent the percentage of dental clinic visits within racial/ethnic categories (row percent), therefore do not add to 100-percent.  See About the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data for more information.

People of color and Hispanic/Latino adults were less likely to have visited a dentist or dental clinic within the past year compared to White adults.

For more information: About the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data