CDC Data Shows Children’s Dental Health is Improving, But Barriers To Access Persist

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Policy experts and advocates point to the mandate that pediatric dental insurance is one of the essential health benefits that needs to be covered by insurers as one of the most significant drivers for the drop in cavities. 

New data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show’s children’s oral health has improved across the nation, but race-based gaps in the prevalence of dental cavities and their treatment persist.

According to the CDC data, part of its National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, exactly half of the kids in the U.S. between the ages of 2 and 19 had dental cavities during the agency’s 2011-12 survey period. That dropped to 43.1 percent by 2015-16, an overall reduction of nearly 14 percent.

The prevalence of untreated dental cavities also declined during this time, from 16.1 to 13 percent. State-specific data was not included in the report.