Percentage of Eligibles Who Received Preventive Dental Services: Ages 1-20
About This Measure
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 and who had at least one preventive dental service during the measurement year. Higher rates are better.
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
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: Ages 1-20 (PDENT-CH) measure are included in the Core Set of Children's Health Care Quality Measures.
The red dashed line represents the median, or the middle of all values reported.
Stem plot with a median of 48% and the states and values:
|District of Columbia||56%|
Source: Mathematica analysis of Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Form CMS-416 reports (annual EPSDT report) for the Child Core Set, Lines 1b and 12b; see 2017 Child and Adult Health Care Quality Measures. For more information about Percentage of Eligibles Who Received Preventive Dental Services: Ages 1-20 (PDENT-CH) visit Children's Health Care Quality Measures.
All rates are for children covered by Medicaid or CHIP Medicaid Expansion programs.
Unless otherwise specified, states used Child Core Set specifications, based on Form CMS-416 specifications. This figure excludes Idaho and Puerto Rico, which reported the measure but did not use Child Core Set specifications to calculate the measure.