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Percentage of Eligibles Who Received Preventive Dental Services

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 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 and who had at least one preventive dental service. Higher rates are better.

This measure reports state performance on the percentage of children and adolescents ages 1 to 20 who were enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP Medicaid Expansion programs for at least 90 days and who had at least one preventive dental service during the measurement year.

States report data for this measure on Form CMS-416 as part of reporting for the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (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.

Percentage of Eligibles Who Received Preventive Dental Services

Source: Mathematica analysis of Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 Form CMS-416 reports (annual EPSDT report) as of August 26, 2019 for the Child Core Set, Lines 1b and 12b; see 2018 Child and Adult Health Care Quality Measures. For more information on Percentage of Eligibles Who Received Preventive Dental Services (PDENT-CH) visit Child Health Care Quality Measures.