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.


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

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

 

(81.0%, 95% CI = 77.7 to 84.0; n = 1,351)

Have at least one yearly dental visit
2016

In 2016, 81% of both U.S. and Minnesota children had at least one dental visit within the past year.


 

Children's past year dental visit by age, 2016

 

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 

59.1%

90.5%

89.6%

 

95% Confidence Interval

57.2 to 61.0

89.1 to 91.8

88.4 to 90.7

 

Number (sample size)

7,686

14,056

19,124

 

Estimated population

11,712,849

22,352,864

21,999,808

Minnesota

Percent 

59.6%

89.3%

91.4%

 

95% Confidence Interval

52.5 to 66.4

83.8 to 93.0

86.0 to 94.8

 

Number (sample size)

217

359

505

 

Estimated population

215,728

392,316

366,004

 

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. = 50,212 and Minnesota = 1,351. 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. Percentages are weighted to population characteristics. See About the National Survey of Children’s Health data for more information.

 

In 2016, 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.