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Percentage of Eligibles Who Received Preventive Dental Services: Ages 1 to 20


Tooth decay, or dental caries, is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. It is almost entirely preventable through a combination of:

  • Good oral health habits at home
  • A healthy diet
  • Early and regular use of preventive dental services

Explore the rate of preventive dental service use by children and adolescents in each state. Higher rates are better on this measure.

The purple dashed line represents the median, or middle, of all values reported.

This measure reports state performance on the percentage of children and adolescents ages 1 to 20 who were enrolled in Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Medicaid Expansion programs for at least 90 days, are eligible for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) services, and who had at least one preventive dental service during the reporting period.

States report data for this measure on Form CMS-416, which is used by CMS to collect information about the EPSDT benefit. Data for the Percentage of Eligibles Who Received Preventive Dental Services (PDENT-CH) measure are included in the Core Set of Children's Health Care Quality Measures.

Source: Mathematica analysis of Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 Form CMS-416 reports (annual EPSDT report), Lines 1b and 12b as of July 1, 2020, for the Child Core Set FFY 2019 reporting cycle; see 2019 Child and Adult Health Care Quality Measures. For more information on the Percentage of Eligibles Who Received Preventive Dental Services (PDENT-CH) measure, visit Child Health Care Quality Measures.