Children Ages 0- 20 that Received Preventive Dental Care by Insurance Type in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Having routine preventative 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, 40% of children with MaineCare and 60% of children with commercial insurance had at least one preventative dental visit during the calendar year. This was down significantly from 2019 when 57% of children with MaineCare and 69% of children with commercial dental insurance had at least one preventative visit. It is likely that the pandemic reduced access to preventative dental services. In 2020, 42,315 children with commercial insurance had a preventative dental visit and 40,257 children with MaineCare did so.

Combining commercially insured and children with MaineCare, the highest rates of children with at least one preventative dental visit in 2020 were in the counties of Cumberland, York and Aroostook with rates of 54%, 51% and 51% respectively. The counties with the lowest combined rates of commercial and MaineCare insurance in 2020 were Piscataquis, Washington and Lincoln with rates of 39%, 41% and 43% respectively.

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Definitions: This measure shows the number and percent of children with Medicaid (called MaineCare in Maine) and with commercial dental insurance who had a preventative visit to the dentist during 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 preventive dental service.

Data Source: Maine Partnership for 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