New data shows dental care use among Minnesota children is dropping

According to new data from the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute, dental care use among Minnesota children is dropping.

In 2010, 44% of Minnesota children on Medicaid visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. In 2015, that percentage fell to 41.1%. Nearly 6 in 10 children from low-income Minnesota families are not receiving the dental care they need, another sign that the state’s dental access crisis continues to get worse.

Minnesota was one of just 12 states in the U.S. that saw dental care utilization among children on Medicaid drop from 2010 to 2015.

Among families with private dental benefits, there was also a drop in the percentage from children seeing a dentist — from 69.5% in 2010 to 68.6% in 2015.

Data for Minnesota and all states is available on this document: click here –> ADA_HPI_Infg_KidsUtilization