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:

State Percent
Alaska 46%
Alabama 49%
Arkansas 48%
Arizona 48%
California 45%
Colorado 50%
Connecticut 63%
District of Columbia 56%
Delaware 42%
Florida 37%
Georgia 52%
Hawaii 46%
Iowa 52%
Illinois 45%
Indiana 45%
Kansas 46%
Kentucky 48%
Louisiana 49%
Massachusetts 54%
Maryland 55%
Maine 36%
Michigan 43%
Minnesota 37%
Missouri 33%
Mississippi 51%
Montana 53%
North Carolina 51%
North Dakota 27%
Nebraska 54%
New Hampshire 54%
New Jersey 50%
New Mexico 53%
Nevada 43%
New York 40%
Ohio 35%
Oklahoma 49%
Oregon 41%
Pennsylvania 47%
Rhode Island 47%
South Carolina 50%
South Dakota 45%
Tennessee 47%
Texas 68%
Utah 50%
Virginia 53%
Vermont 55%
Washington 56%
Wisconsin 39%
West Virginia 48%
Wyoming 49%

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.