Preventive Dental Care in USA

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Preventive dental care is a cornerstone of optimal oral health.

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Researchers in the study "Preventive Dental Care for Children in the United States: A National Perspective," analyzed data collected from the 2003 - 2004 National Survey of Children's Health (102,353 children) and found that 72 percent of U.S. children were reported to have had a preventive dental care visit in the previous year.

Variables that significantly lowered the likelihood of a preventive dental visit included being under 6 years old, black or multiracial, lower income, being uninsured for dental coverage and lacking a personal doctor.

Children in states with State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) dental coverage and broadest income eligibility had a 24 percent higher likelihood of a preventive dental visit when compared with children in states with limited or no (SCHIP) health insurance coverage for dental services.

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