Status: Baseline only
Increase the proportion of low income youth who have a preventive dental visit
Baseline: 78.8 percent of children aged 1 through 17 years who reside in households with income less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level received a preventive dental service in 2016-17
Target: 82.7 percent
Untreated tooth decay can lead to problems like pain and infections. Regular dental care can prevent these problems, but many children and adolescents in the United States — especially in low-income families — don’t get preventive dental care. Training non-dental providers to do oral screenings, talk to caregivers about oral health, and refer patients to dental care can help more children and adolescents get preventive oral health care.
Workgroup: Oral Health Workgroup