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Regional variation in private dental coverage and care among dentate adults aged 18–64 in the United States, 2014–2017
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    Data from the National Health Interview Survey

    • Nationally, 50.2% of dentate adults aged 18–64 with private health insurance had dental care coverage throughout the past 12 months.

    • Regional percentages of dental coverage ranged from 45.6% in the East South Central and South Atlantic regions to 57.1% in New England.

    • Nationally, 22.1% of dentate adults with dental coverage did not see a dentist in the past 12 months, with regional percentages ranging from 29.4% in the West South Central region to 14.3% in New England.

    • Unmet dental care needs due to cost among dentate adults with dental coverage were lowest in the West North Central (2.8%) region and highest in the Mountain region (7.0%).

    Routine dental care can promote oral health (1,2), and those with private dental insurance are more likely to visit a dentist than those with other types of dental coverage or no coverage (3,4). Geographical variation in dental coverage and care among adults under age 65 exists (5,6), as does the availability of dental health professionals (7). This report examines regional variation in dental coverage among dentate adults (i.e., adults who have not lost all permanent teeth) aged 18–64 who had private health insurance in the past year, their utilization of dental care, and unmet dental needs due to cost in the past year.

    Suggested citation: Blackwell DL, Villarroel MA, Norris T. Regional variation in private dental coverage and care among dentate adults aged 18–64 in the United States, 2014–2017. NCHS Data Brief, no 336. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2019.

    CS305663

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