The Center for Disease Control (CDC) just released its annual report on trends in health statistics. The report includes interesting findings on dental health and services.
- In 2010, the percentage of children who had a dental visit within the past year rose with relative family income, from 73% of those living below 200% of the poverty level to 88% of those at 400% or more of the poverty level
- Between 1997 and 2010, the percent of adults not receiving needed dental care due to cost grew from 11% to 17%
- Between 1999 and 2009, personal expenses for dental services rose by 6%
- From 2000-2010, if relative family income decreased, the percentage of adults with edentulism increased
The report also includes statistics on the percentage of untreated dental caries by selected characteristics, national health expenditures for dental services, the number of practicing dentists by state, and more.
The full report, appendices and tables are freely available on the CDC website.
National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2011: With Special Feature on Socioeconomic Status and Health. Hyattsville, MD. 2012.