Children Under Age 21 that Received a Dental Service by Insurance Type in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Having routine dental care in childhood reduces dental problems later in life. Dental disease can affect children’s overall health, self-confidence, school readiness and future employment success. Poor oral health in childhood contributes to serious and costly complications for health and economic stability later in life.

What the data shows
In 2017, 61% of children with MaineCare and 75$ of children with commercial insurance had at least one dental visit during the calendar year. Aroostook, Hancock and Kennebec had the highest rates- 67%, 65% and 64% respectively. The counties with the lowest rates in 2017 were KNox, York and Lincoln, all three had rates between 54%-56%.

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: This indicator compares the number and percent of children with Medicaid (known as MaineCare in Maine) to the number and percent of children with commercial insurance who received a dental visit in the calendar year.

The data comes from the Maine Health Data Organization's All Payer Claims Dataset, and the numbers and percents reflect children (under age 21) who had either MaineCare or commercial dental coverage for at least 11 months of the year, and who had at least one claim for a dental visit.

Data Source: Maine Partnership for Children's Oral Health provided the data. The data comes from the Maine Health Data Organization's All Payer Claims Dataset. 

Footnotes: New measure September 2020