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Dental visits (adults)

Adult dental visits by population characteristics:

Adult dental visits by health behavior and disease:


Only three-quarters of adults have yearly dental visits

Yearly dental visits are important to maintain healthy gums and teeth, prevent dental disease, and identify any treatment needs. In 2014, 75 percent of Minnesota adults reported visiting a dentist or dental clinic within the past year, compared to 68 percent of U.S. adults.

8 out of every 10
Minnesota adults (18 years and older) (75.0%)

Have at least one past year dental visit
2014


Yearly dental visit rates are similar across age groups

Past year dental visit by age group, 2014

Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

18 to 24 years

25 to 44 years

45 to 64 years

65 years and older

United States

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

16,024

63,110

88,894

106,540

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

67.7%

65.7%

69.8%

68.3%

95% Confidence Interval

67.1 to 68.3

65.4 to 66.0

69.6 to 70.1

68.1 to 68.5

Minnesota

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

726

2,890

3,577

3,449

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

69.9%

70.8%

76.3%

77.1%

95% Confidence Interval

67.1 to 72.7

69.4 to 72.2

75.1 to 77.5

75.8 to 78.3

Data is based on survey respondent report of at least one past year visit to a dentist or dental clinic. Total sample size = 464,664 (United States) and 16,419 (Minnesota). Data is weighted to reflect population characteristics. This chart represents percent past year dental visits within age groups (row percentages). See About the Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for more information.

In 2014, there was no major difference in adult past year dental visits by age.


More females than males have yearly dental visits

Past year dental clinic visit by sex, 2014

Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Male

Female

United States

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

125,328

187,615

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

66.1%

70.1%

95% Confidence Interval

65.8 to 66.3

70.0 to 70.3

Minnesota

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

5,346

6,858

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

72.1%

77.4%

95% Confidence Interval

71.1 to 73.1

76.5 to 78.3

Data is based on survey respondent report of at least one past year visit to a dentist or dental clinic. Total sample size = 464,664 (United States) and 16,419 (Minnesota). Data is weighted to reflect population characteristics. This chart represents percent past year dental visits within sex groups (row percentages). See About the Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for more information.

In 2014, females were 1.0 times more likely to have visited a dentist or dental clinic within the past year compared to males.


Fewer African American or Black and Hispanic/Latino adults have yearly dental visits

Past year dental clinic visits by race and ethnicity, 2014

Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

White

African American or Black

Hispanic/Latino

Other race

Multi-race

United States

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

249,536

19,688

20,839

12,666

5,219

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

70.7%

57.7%

60.4%

64.7%

60.0%

95% Confidence Interval

70.6 to 70.8

57.2 to 58.3

59.9 to 60.9

64.0 to 65.3

58.9 to 61.0

Minnesota

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

11,086

271

241

343

96

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

76.0%

65.3%

60.7%

68.3%

66.7%

95% Confidence Interval

75.3 to 76.7

60.7 to 69.9

55.9 to 65.5

64.2 to 72.4

59.0 to 74.4

Data is based on survey respondent report of at least one past year visit to a dentist or dental clinic. Total sample size = 464,664 (United States) and 16,419 (Minnesota). Data is weighted to reflect population characteristics. This chart represents percent past year dental visits within race and ethnicity groups (row percentages). Other race refers to non-Hispanic/Latino of another race not reported on this chart (e.g. Asian Indian, Chinese, Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native). Multi-race refers to non-Hispanic/Latino of more than one race not reported on this chart (e.g. Asian Indian, Chinese, Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native). See About the Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for more information.

In 2014, compared to White adults, African American or Black adults were 1.2 times less likely and Hispanic/Latino adults were 1.3 times less likely to have visited a dentist or dental clinic within the past year.


Adults with a household income of less than $35K are less likely to have a yearly dental visit

Past year dental visit by household income, 2014

Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Less than $35K
(thousand dollars)

$35K or more
(thousand dollars)

United States

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

79,658

186,545

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

52.1%

79.2%

95% Confidence Interval

51.8 to 52.3

79.0 to 79.4

Minnesota

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

2,613

8,009

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

60.0%

81.4%

95% Confidence Interval

58.5 to 61.4

80.7 to 82.2

Data is based on survey respondent report of at least one past year visit to a dentist or dental clinic. Total sample size = 464,664 (United States) and 16,419 (Minnesota). Data is weighted to reflect population characteristics. This chart represents percent past year dental visits within income groups (row percentages). See About the Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for more information.

In 2014, Minnesota adults with a household income less than $35K were 1.4 times less likely to visit a dentist or dental clinic within the past year compared to adults with a household income of $35K or more.


Adults with lower levels of education are less likely to have a yearly dental visit

Past year dental visit by education level, 2014

Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Less than High School (HS)

HS diploma or general educational development

Some post HS

College graduate

United States

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

14,354

76,037

84,683

135,537

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

41.0%

59.1%

68.1%

81.7%

95% Confidence Interval

40.5 to 41.5

58.9 to 59.4

67.9 to 68.4

81.5 to 81.8

Minnesota

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

332

2,694

3,767

5,346

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

51.3%

66.7%

73.9%

83.4%

95% Confidence Interval

47.5 to 55.2

65.3 to 68.2

72.7 to 75.1

82.5 to 84.4

Data is based on survey respondent report of at least one past year visit to a dentist or dental clinic. Total sample size = 464,664 (United States) and 16,419 (Minnesota). Data is weighted to reflect population characteristics. This chart represents percent past year dental visits within education groups (row percentages). See About the Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for more information.

In 2014, adults with less than a high school degree were 1.6 times less likely to visit a dentist or dental clinic within the past year compared to adults with a college degree.


Adults with disabilities are less likely to see a dentist

Past year dental clinic visit by disability status, 2014

Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Disability

No disability

United States

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

61,946

250,997

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

55.0%

72.8%

95% Confidence Interval

54.7 to 55.3

72.7 to 73.0

Minnesota

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

1,913

10,291

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

63.0%

77.8%

95% Confidence Interval

61.3 to 64.7

77.0 to 78.5

Data is based on survey respondent report of at least one past year visit to a dentist or dental clinic and disability status (vision, cognitive, mobility, self-care and/or limitation). Total sample size = 464,664 (United States) and 16,419 (Minnesota). Data is weighted to reflect population characteristics. This chart represents percent past year dental visits within disability status groups (row percentages). See About the Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for more information.

In 2014, Minnesota adults with a disability were 1.2 times less likely to visit a dentist or dental clinic within the past year compared to adults without a disability. Access to dental clinics that are able to accommodate people with disabilities is one of the challenges faced by people with disabilities.


Current smokers are less likely to have a yearly dental visit

Past year dental visits by smoking status, 2014

Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Current smokers

Former smokers

Never smokers

United States

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

32,178

86,934

180,280

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

49.4%

68.4%

73.6%

95% Confidence Interval

49.0 to 49.9

68.2 to 68.7

73.5 to 73.8

Minnesota

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

1,304

3,483

7,010

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

57.0%

75.5%

79.6%

95% Confidence Interval

55.0 to 59.0

74.2 to 76.7

78.7 to 80.4

Data is based on survey respondent report of at least one past year visit to a dentist or dental clinic and smoking status (current, former, or never). Current smokers are defined as having smoked at least 100 packs of cigarettes in their entire life and now smokes every day or some days. Former smokers are defined as having smoked at least 100 packs of cigarettes in their entire life, but does not current smoke. Never smokers are defined as not having smoked at least 100 packs of cigarettes in their entire life and does not currently smoke. Total sample size = 464,664 (United States) and 16,419 (Minnesota). Data is weighted to reflect population characteristics. This chart represents percent past year dental visits within smoking status groups (row percentages). See About the Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for more information.

In 2014, Minnesota current smokers were 1.4 times less likely to visit a dentist or dental clinic within the past year compared to never smokers.

Smokers are at increased risk for tooth decay, infections, periodontal disease (gum infection that destroys bone that leads to tooth loss) and oral and pharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancers. Regular visits to the dentist are important for early detection and treatment of these oral diseases.


Adults with diabetes are less likely to have a yearly dental visit

Past year dental visit by diabetes, 2014

Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Diabetes

No diabetes

United States

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

35,518

274,103

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

59.7%

69.8%

95% Confidence Interval

59.3 to 60.0

69.6 to 69.9

Minnesota

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

1,050

10,903

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

67.7%

75.7%

95% Confidence Interval

65.4 to 70.1

75.1 to 76.5

Data is based on survey respondent report of at least one past year visit to a dentist or dental clinic and a diagnosis of diabetes. Total sample size = 464,664 (United States) and 16,419 (Minnesota). Data is weighted to reflect population characteristics. This chart represents percent past year dental visits within diabetes status groups (row percentages). See About the Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for more information.

In 2014, Minnesota adults with diabetes were 1.1 times less likely to visit a dentist or dental clinic within the past year compared to adults without diabetes.

People with uncontrolled diabetes have decreased saliva flow, increased thickening of blood vessels, and consistently higher blood sugar that weakens the body’s defense against bacterial infections. As a result, people with uncontrolled diabetes experience an increased risk of dry mouth, gum inflammation, thrush (fungal infection of the mouth and tongue) and periodontal disease (gum infection that destroys bone that leads to tooth loss).

Working with a primary care doctor or endocrinologist (diabetes doctor) to control blood sugar and regular visits to the eye doctor, foot doctor, and dentist to maintain good eye, foot, and oral health will benefit overall health.


Adults with cardiovascular disease are less likely to have a yearly dental visit

Past year dental visit by cardiovascular disease, 2014

Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Cardiovascular disease

No cardiovascular disease

United States

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

31,051

281,892

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

57.7%

69.8%

95% Confidence Interval

57.3 to 58.2

69.7 to 70.0

Minnesota

Number of adults with at least one past year dental visit

986

11,218

Percent of adults with at least one past year dental visit

69.9%

75.5%

95% Confidence Interval

67.5 to 72.3

74.8 to 76.2

Data is based on survey respondent report of at least one past year visit to a dentist or dental clinic and diagnosis of angina, coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke. Total sample size = 464,664 (United States) and 16,419 (Minnesota). Data is weighted to reflect population characteristics. This chart represents percent past year dental visits within cardiovascular disease status groups (row percentages). See About the Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for more information.

Cardiovascular disease (heart disease) is defined as ever being diagnosed with angina, coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke. In 2014, Minnesota adults with cardiovascular disease were 1.1 times less likely to visit a dentist or dental clinic within the past year compared to adults without cardiovascular disease.

It is important for people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) to have regular visits to the dentist as oral disease causing bacteria can travel to the heart and develop into a heart infection (endocarditis). Also, inflammation is a shared risk factor of both CVD and periodontal disease (gum infection that destroys bone that leads to tooth loss). Reducing inflammation by preventing or treating tooth decay and gum disease may improve cardiovascular health.