Children's dental visits 

Yearly dental visits by:

Yearly dental visits can identify oral problems early and prevent tooth decay

Examples of dental care include check-ups, x-rays or filling cavities. The American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend at least one dental visit each year, starting by the child’s first birthday or when the first tooth appears, whichever comes first. For more information, read Predictive Model for Caries Risk Based on Determinants of Health Available to Primary Care Providers [pdf].

We analyzed the prevalence of children’s dental visits by sex, age group, race and ethnicity and special healthcare needs of the child. We also looked at household poverty, primary language spoken, parent and guardian education, health insurance and household poverty as possible factors associated with children’s past year dental visits. Below we report on factors in Minnesota that are statistically significant.


   

Nearly 8 in 10 Minnesota children have at least one yearly dental visit

8 out of every 10
Minnesota children (1 to 17 years)

 

(78.2%, 95% CI = 74.4 to 81.4; n = 1,158)

Have at least one yearly dental visit
2018-2019

In 2018-2019, 80% of U.S. children and 78% of Minnesota children had at least one dental visit within the past year.


 

Children's past year dental visit by age, 2018-2019

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Source: National Survey of Children's Health.

 

Children (1 to 17 years) with at least one past year dental visit

1 to 5 years

6 to 11 years

12 to 17 years

United States

Percent 

61.8%

89.1%

86.2%

 

95% Confidence Interval

60.2 to 63.4

87.9 to 90.1

85.1 to 87.3

 

Number (sample size)

9,494

16,909

22,111

 

Estimated population

12,230,493

21,957,909

21,553,926

Minnesota

Percent 

54.5%

91.1%

87.3%

 

95% Confidence Interval

47.4 to 61.3

85.4 to 94.8

81.8 to 91.3

 

Number (sample size)

185

312

427

 

Estimated population

213,418

401,542

352,264

 

Data is based on a survey of parent or guardian reported measures of non-institutionalized children (i.e., children not in jail, prison or hospital setting). Total sample size: U.S. = 59,963 and Minnesota = 1,158. *Unstable rate: Use caution when interpreting rates based on a sample size less than 50 or an estimate with a 95% confidence interval width exceeding 20 percentage points or 1.2 times the estimate. ^Suppression rate: When the denominator is less than 30, numbers are suppressed. Percentages are weighted to population characteristics. See About the National Survey of Children’s Health data for more information.

 

In 2018-2019, U.S. and Minnesota children under age 6 were 1.5 times less likely to have had a dental visit within the past year compared to children aged 6 to 17 years.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend at least one dental visit each year, starting by the child’s first birthday, when the first tooth appears, or whichever comes first. Dental visits are important to maintain healthy gums and teeth, prevent dental disease and identify any treatment needs. 


Children's past year dental visit
by special health care needs, 2018-2019

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Source: National Survey of Children's Health.

 

Children (1 to 17 years) with at least one past year dental visit

CSHSN

Non-CSHSN

United States

Percent

85.0%

79.1%

 

95% Confidence Interval

83.6 to 86.4

78.3 to 79.9

 

Number (sample size)

12,245

36,269

 

Estimated population

11,621,297

44,120,931

Minnesota

Percent

89.3%

75.8%

 

95% Confidence Interval

81.7 to 94.0

71.8 to 79.4

 

Number (sample size)

215

709

 

Estimated population

197,729

769,496

 

Data is based on a survey of parent or guardian reported measures of non-institutionalized children (i.e., children not in jail, prison or hospital setting). Total sample size: U.S. = 59,963 and Minnesota = 1,158. *Unstable rate: use caution when interpreting rates based on a sample size less than 50 or an estimate with a 95% confidence interval width exceeding 20 percentage points or 1.2 times the estimate. ^Suppression rate: when the denominator is less than 30, numbers are suppressed. Percentages are weighted to population characteristics. See About the National Survey of Children’s Health data for more information.

 

In 2018-2019, Minnesota children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) were 17% more likely to have a past year dental visit, compared to children without special health care needs. Children in the U.S. with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) were 7% more likely to have a past year dental visit, compared to children without special health care needs.