Status: Baseline only
Reduce the proportion of persons who are unable to obtain or delayed in obtaining necessary dental care
Baseline: 4.6 percent of persons were unable to obtain or delayed in obtaining necessary dental care in 2017
Target: 4.1 percent
Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel (MEPS), AHRQ
Delaying dental care can cause serious oral health problems. Reasons for delaying or not getting dental care include high costs, lack of insurance or access to services, and fear and anxiety. Interventions to increase dental insurance coverage rates, reduce dental care anxiety, and strengthen the oral health workforce are important for helping people get dental care.
Workgroup: Access to Health Services Workgroup