Annual dental visits in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

Immunizations, screenings, regular dental care, well-child visits and access to nutritious food are all part of ensuring a healthy start for children. Poor oral health can impact the health of the whole body and a child’s overall quality of life. No child should have to fall behind in school because a toothache or severe mouth pain distract from learning. When children have access to regular dental visits for prevention and treatment, they are on a path to be healthier, ready to learn and grow.
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Definitions: The percent of children and adolescents between the ages of 2 to 20 who were continuously insured and had a dental visit during the measurement year.

The year represents when PPC published the report.

Data Source: PPC's report, along with source documentation, can be found at http://www.papartnerships.org/work/health/childrens-health-reports.

Footnotes: A weighted average is calculated for this indicator to provide a reflection of the actual percent served within each age group.

Updated November 2019.