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Percentage of People who Used the Oral Care System in the Last 12 Months

Oral diseases, which range from cavities to oral cancer, cause pain and disability for millions of Americans each year. About half of all children and two thirds of low-income children have had tooth decay. Advanced gum disease affects up to twelve percent of adults; twenty five percent of adults over age 65 have no teeth; and over 7,500 deaths are from oral and throat cancer each year. Regular access to oral health care is critical to maintaining good oral health. This measure is a leading health indicator on Healthy People 2020. To review additional literature on this topic on PubMed, go here.

Metrics Calculation:

Numerator: Number of persons aged 2 years or older who report having had a dental visit in the past 12 months. Denominator: Number of persons aged 2 years or older.

Additional Information:

Inclusion Criteria: This measure includes people in the civilian non-institutional population.

Exclusion Criteria: Excluded from this measure are people in the military and the institutional population.

MEPS data for oral health provide information on the nature of the dental visit. Subjects are interviewed on five different occasions over 25 months, so that they do not need to recall details of dental care received more than five months beforehand.

This measure is calculated by AHRQ from the MEPS.

Age Group

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Age Group



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Coverage Overview

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Coverage Overview



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Dental Coverage

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Dental Coverage



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Disability Status

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Disability Status



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Education Level

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Education Level



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Ethnicity

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Ethnicity



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Income Level

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Income Level



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Medicaid Coverage

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Medicaid Coverage



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Medicare Coverage

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Medicare Coverage



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Metropolitan Status

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Metropolitan Status



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National Summary

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by National Summary



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Number of Chronic Conditions

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Number of Chronic Conditions



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Other Public Coverage

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Other Public Coverage



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Private Coverage

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Private Coverage



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Race

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Race



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Region

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Region



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Sex

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Sex



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