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Annual Dental Visits

This HEDIS Measure

Assesses Medicaid members 2-20 years of age with dental benefits, who had at least one dental visit during the year.

So What?

Dental caries (cavities) is one of the most common, preventable childhood diseases.1 Regular dental visits provide access to cleaning, early diagnosis and treatment, as well as education about caring for teeth to prevent problems. Approximately 25 percent of our nation’s children have multiple cavities, and tooth decay is the major cause of tooth loss in children.2 Oral health is essential to overall health. Dental diseases have a detrimental effect on quality of life in childhood and in older age.3 Annual dental visits and oral care during infancy and continued throughout childhood and adolescence can significantly reduce the risks of developing oral disease.4  

The Bottom Line

References

  1. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. 2000. “Oral health in America: A report of the Surgeon General.” Rockville, MD. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. 33–59. http://silk.nih.gov/public/hck1ocv.@www.surgeon.fullrpt.pdf
  2. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. 2013. “Fast Facts.” http://www.aapd.org/assets/1/7/FastFacts.pdf#xml
  3. “Dental Diseases and Organ Health Factsheet, 2003.” http://www.who.int/oral_health/publications/en/orh_fact_sheet.pdf
  4. CDC, National Center for Health Statistics. “Trends in Oral Health Status: United States 1988–1994 and 1999–2004.”
tables
Annual Dental Visit: Children 2–3 Years
  Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 _ _ 39.0 _ _
2015 35.5
2014 35.6
2013 34.7
2012 34.2
2011 31.3
2010 30.8
2009 29.2
2008 27.6
2007 25.9
Annual Dental Visit: Children 4–6 Years
  Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 _ _ 61.3 _ _
2015 57.6
2014 57.0
2013 56.5
2012 56.3
2011 53.3
2010 54.3
2009 54.1
2008 52.4
2007 52.0
2006 50.0
2005 47.6
2004 45.2
2003 42.2
2002 40.5
Annual Dental Visit: Children 7–10 Years
  Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 _ _ 64.8 _ _
2015 60.6
2014 59.7
2013 58.6
2012 59.3
2011 57.3
2010 58.5
2009 57.5
2008 55.7
2007 54.0
2006 51.9
2005 49.3
2004 47.2
2003 44.5
2002 43.1
Annual Dental Visit: Adolescents 11–14 Years
  Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 _ _ 60.1 _ _
2015 55.8
2014 54.8
2013 53.3
2012 53.5
2011 51.8
2010 53.2
2009 52.0
2008 50.0
2007 48.2
2006 46.6
2005 44.3
2004 42.7
2003 40.3
2002 39.3
Annual Dental Visit: Adolescents 15–18 Years
  Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 _ _ 51.6 _ _
2015 47.4
2014 46.8
2013 46.3
2012 46.1
2011 44.0
2010 44.9
2009 44.2
2008 42.2
2007 40.8
2006 39.6
2005 38.1
2004 36.5
2003 34.5
2002 33.4
Annual Dental Visit: Young Adults 19–21 Years
  Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 _ _ 35.8 _ _
2015 32.7
2014 32.0
2013 32.9
2012 34.0
2011 31.3
2010 33.2
2009 32.1
2008 31.4
2007 31.1
2006 30.4
2005 30.7
2004 27.7
2003 26.9
2002 26.5