About the National Data
Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel (MEPS), AHRQ
Baseline: 43.3 percent of children, adolescents, and adults used the oral health care system in 2016
Target: 45.0 percent
The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data for oral health provide information on the nature of the dental visit. Subjects are interviewed on five different occasions over 15 months, so that they do not need to recall details of dental care received more than 3 months earlier. In addition, MEPS subjects are asked for specific information about care received at each visit. The measurement protocol described for Healthy People 2000 is still in use.
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