Children Ages 0 -20 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 2020, 46% of children with MaineCare and 64% of children with commercial insurance had at least one dental visit during the calendar year. This is down from the previous year of 61% for children with MaineCare and 73% for children with commercial insurance and is likely due to the pandemic interfering with timely access to dental care. In terms of numbers, 44,949 children had a dental visit with commercial insurance in 2020 and 46,011 children with MaineCare had a dental visit. 

For 2020, combining commercially insured and children with MaineCare, the highest rates of children with at least one dental visit were in the counties of Cumberland, Aroostook, and York at 58%, 57% and 55% respectively. The counties with the lowest combined rates in 2019 were Piscataquis, Washington and Lincoln-- at rates of 44%, 47% and 48% respectively.

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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 (ages 0- 20) 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. Please refer to the MHDO website for more details regarding data restrictions and represented insurers.

Footnotes: Note that children with intermittent coverage less than 11 months of the year are not included. Total refers to all children who have either continuous Medicaid or continuous commercial insurance. Total does not mean all children in Maine.

Updated February 2022.