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 2019, 61% of children with MaineCare and 73% of children with commercial insurance had at least one dental visit during the calendar year. 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 Kennebec at 71%, 71% and 69% respectively. The counties with the lowest combined rates in 2019 were Lincoln, Oxford and Piscataquis- all three had rates  of 61%.

In terms of trends at the state level, the rate of children with MaineCare has dipped slightly from 63% in 2016 to 61% in 2019, while for commercial insurance, the rate has remained 73-74%. In terms of numbers, 7,000 children gained access to a dental visit with commercial insurance between 2016 and 2019. For MaineCare, there were approximately 1,800 fewer children with MaineCare and a dental service in the year.

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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 (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
Data for 2019 added January 2021.