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

About This Measure

This measure reports the percentage of children and adolescents ages 1 to 20 enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP Medicaid Expansion programs who had at least one preventive dental service during the measurement year. Higher rates are better.

The data presented below are taken from the Child Core Set for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016. Reporting is currently voluntary and reporting methods can vary by state. For example, some states have access to different data on populations covered under fee-for-service as compared to populations covered under managed care. This variation in data availability can impact measure performance. Readers should review the detailed measure notes located after the graph to better understand states’ reported rates.

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, and early and regular use of preventive dental services.

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 50%
Arkansas 48%
Arizona 43%
California 36%
Colorado 51%
Connecticut 63%
Dist. Of Col. 53%
Delaware 49%
Florida 36%
Georgia 52%
Hawaii 63%
Iowa 51%
Idaho 59%
Illinois 43%
Indiana 45%
Kansas 46%
Kentucky 47%
Louisiana 47%
Massachusetts 55%
Maryland 54%
Maine 38%
Michigan 42%
Minnesota 37%
Missouri 34%
Mississippi 50%
Montana 30%
North Carolina 51%
Nebraska 54%
New Hampshire 55%
New Jersey 49%
New Mexico 53%
Nevada 43%
New York 44%
Ohio 35%
Oklahoma 48%
Oregon 39%
Pennsylvania 46%
Rhode Island 47%
South Carolina 50%
South Dakota 45%
Tennessee 48%
Texas 67%
Utah 53%
Virginia 50%
Vermont 54%
Washington 56%
Wisconsin 30%
West Virginia 50%
Wyoming 48%

Source: Mathematica analysis of FFY 2016 Form CMS-416 reports (annual EPSDT report) for the Child Core Set, Lines 1b and 12b; see 2016 Child and Adult Health Care Quality Measures.


All rates are for children covered by Medicaid or CHIP Medicaid Expansion programs.

One state, ND, did not report data to CMS for this measure.

Measure Specific Tables (MSTs) available on provide important context for understanding state performance on each measure. MSTs include information about variation in included populations, methods, and data sources used to calculate the measure, as well as deviations from Core Set measure specifications.