CareQuest Institute for Oral Health explored dental care utilization among Medicaid-enrolled and commercial-insured adolescents. A new report highlights the importance of oral health care in adolescents and includes how schools, primary care providers, and more can play a part in helping the adolescent population establish a dental home.
Some key findings from the report:
- Commercial-insured adolescents have higher dental care utilization than Medicaid-enrolled adolescents.
- Females are more likely than males to utilize dental care in both Medicaid-enrolled and commercial-insured adolescents.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend a routine preventive dental visit each year for adolescents. However, research has shown that a significant proportion of adolescents do not receive care this frequently.
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- School-Based Oral Health Care and COVID-19, a webinar which explores the impact school closures has on delivering dental care to children during the pandemic.
- School Dental Programs Face Stiff Challenges, a report that explores how the oral health care of children has been disrupted because of COVID-19.