Dental service use in Medicaid & other MHCP enrollees

Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) enrollees’ dental service use by:

Health care programs provide health insurance to low income Minnesotans

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) administers the Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) for qualifying low income Minnesotans. The two major programs included in these data are Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare

Learn more About Medicaid dental claims data.

 

Almost 4 in 10 MHCP enrollees receive at least one dental service a year

4 out of every 10
MHCP enrollees (all ages)

 

(35.5%, 95% CI = 33.4 to 33.6; n = 483,315 of 1,442,580)
Received at least one dental service
2018

A dental service is any diagnostic, preventive, or treatment service provided by or under the supervision of a dentist.  In 2018, 36% of Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) enrollees received at least one dental service. MHCP enrollee dental service use remains relatively unchanged over time (2017 = 32.4%, 2016 = 31.0%, 2015 = 32.4% and 2014 = 33.7%).  


 

Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) enrollees dental service use by age group, 2018

 
Age group (years) Total number MHCP enrollees Number MHCP enrollees dental service use Percent MHCP enrollees dental service use within age groups (row percent) 95% Confidence Interval
0 to 5 217,880 53,224 24.4% 24.2 to 24.6
6 to 20 435,252 195,802 45.0% 44.8 to 45.1
21 to 55 589,969 169,772 28.8% 28.7 to 28.9
56 to 69 138,975 46,997 33.8% 33.6 to 34.1
70 to 84 39,957 12,424 31.1% 30.6 to 31.5
85 to 100 20,547 5,096 24.8% 24.2 to 25.4
Total 1,442,580 483,315 33.5% 33.4 to 33.6

 

A dental service is any diagnostic, preventive, or treatment service provided by or under the supervision of a dentist. Data include all Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) enrollees ages up to 100 years with at least one dental claim submitted during the calendar year (January 1 through December 31). See About the Data: Medicaid Dental Claims for more information.

Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services. Minnesota Health Care Programs Dental Services Recipients by County of Residence, Program Category and Age.

Among Minnesota Health Care Program enrollees who received at least one dental service during 2018, the majority were between the ages of 6 and 20 years (46 percent).

Children under age 6 years were 44 percent less likely to have received a dental service compared to those ages 6 to 84 years.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend at least one dental visit each year, starting by a child’s first birthday, when the first tooth appears, or whichever comes first.


 

Minnesota Health Care Programs Enrollees
Dental Service Use, 2018

 

 

 

A dental service is any diagnostic, preventive, or treatment service provided by or under the supervision of a dentist. Data include all Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) enrollees ages up to 100 years with at least one dental claim submitted during the calendar year (January 1 through December 31). See About the Data: Medicaid Dental Claims for more information.

 

In 2018, the top five counties with the least dental service use included Rock (20%), Pipestone (24%), Nobles (27%), and Redwood and Goodhue (26% each).  

The top five counties with the most dental service use included Hubbard (40%); Becker, Douglas and Cook (41% each); and Itasca (42%).


 

 

Last updated November 2018. Updates are made when data become available; not all data are available annually.