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.

Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)

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.

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

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

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

( Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Coverage Overview

Percentage of People who Used the Oral Care System in the Last 12 Months among those with Medicare

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

* Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Medicare Coverage

In order to define coverage types, disability is defined as follows: Individuals were identified as having a disability if any of the following conditions existed: One or more Activities of Daily Living impairments, blindness, or deafness.

Percentage of People who Used the Oral Care System in the Last 12 Months among those with Medicaid

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

- Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Medicaid Coverage

In order to define coverage types, disability is defined as follows: Individuals were identified as having a disability if any of the following conditions existed: One or more Activities of Daily Living impairments, blindness, or deafness.

Percentage of People who Used the Oral Care System in the Last 12 Months among those with Private Coverage

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

: Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Private Coverage

Percentage of People who Used the Oral Care System in the Last 12 Months among those with Other Public Coverage

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

; Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Other Public Coverage

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

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Ethnicity

[ Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Ethnicity

For more information on how ethnicity was defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

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

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Race

] Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Race

For more information on how race was defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

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

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

Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Age Group

Percentage of People who Used the Oral Care System in the Last 12 Months among those with Dental Coverage

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

Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Dental Coverage

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

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

Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Disability Status

Individuals were identified as having a disability if any of the following conditions existed: One or more Activities of Daily Living impairments, blindness, or deafness.

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

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

Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Education Level

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

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

Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Income Level

Poverty is defined by Census Bureau poverty thresholds. For more information on the definition of poverty, please see the Glossary under Help.

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

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

Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Metropolitan Status

For more information on how metropolitan status was defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

Percentage of People who Used the Oral Care System in the Last 12 Months by Number of Chronic Conditions

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

Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Number of Chronic Conditions

For more information on how chronic conditions were defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

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

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Region

Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Region

For more information on how regions are defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

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

Percentage of People Who Use the Oral Care System by Sex

Measure 34 : Percentage of People Who Received Preventive Dental Services | Sex