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Dental Visit, Annual: Oklahoma

Oklahoma Dental Visit, Annual (2000-2015) see more
  • Percentage of adults who have visited the dentist or dental clinic within the past year for any reason.
  • Percentage of adults who self-report visiting a dental health professional within the last 12 months

Dental Visit, Annual

United States Dental Visit, Annual (2000-2015) see more
  • Percentage of adults who have visited the dentist or dental clinic within the past year for any reason.
  • Percentage of adults who self-report visiting a dental health professional within the last 12 months
Ranking Value State
1 74.9 Connecticut
2 74.7 Massachusetts
3 72.6 Minnesota
4 72.2 Vermont
5 72.1 Rhode Island
6 71.6 Hawaii
7 70.5 South Dakota
8 70.2 Maryland
9 70.1 New Jersey
9 70.1 Wisconsin
11 69.4 Iowa
11 69.4 New Hampshire
13 69.3 Virginia
14 68.9 Utah
15 68.6 Michigan
16 67.3 Kansas
16 67.3 New York
18 67 Colorado
19 66.9 Washington
20 66.8 Pennsylvania
21 66.5 Delaware
22 66.4 Nebraska
23 65.7 Oregon
24 65.5 North Dakota
25 65.3 Ohio
26 65.1 California
27 65 Wyoming
28 64.4 Alaska
29 64.3 Idaho
30 64.2 North Carolina
31 63.9 Illinois
32 63.6 Maine
33 62.6 Montana
34 61.9 Florida
35 61.5 Indiana
36 61.3 New Mexico
37 61 Kentucky
38 60.6 Georgia
39 60 Alabama
40 59.9 Nevada
41 59 Arizona
42 58.6 Missouri
43 58.3 Louisiana
43 58.3 South Carolina
43 58.3 Tennessee
46 58.2 Texas
47 57.1 Arkansas
48 56.8 Mississippi
48 56.8 Oklahoma
50 54.2 West Virginia

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Overview

Dental Visit, Annual is the percentage of the adult population who visited a dental clinic for any reason within the past 12 months. These data are collected biennially through the BRFSS surveillance system by the CDC. 2015 Edition is based on data from the 2014 BRFSS. Because of the 2011 change in BRFSS methodology, estimates of annual dental visits from the 2012 Edition onward cannot be directly compared to estimates from previous years (see Methodology).  

In Connecticut 74.9% of adults had a dental visit within the last year. In West Virginia 54.2% of adults had a dental visit in the last year. The national median of adults who had a dental visit within the last year is 65.3, slightly down from 2013 Edition with 67.2%.

Public Health Impact

Oral health is about more than a nice smile; it is a vital part of a comprehensive preventive health program. Oral health problems are preventable through routine visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene. Factors that influence individuals receiving dental care include access to dentists, cost, education, and motivation.

Of adults aged 18 to 64, 61.7% had a dental visit in 2013.[1] The percentage of children visiting a dentist in 2013 was 83.0%.[2] The results of national surveys have shown that cost is a primary predictor of access to oral care and poor oral health status.[3] In a study of adults aged 18 to 64, 42% had unmet dental needs because they could not afford treatment or did not have dental insurance.[4] Fear, low oral health literacy, and limited access to and availability of dental services are other reasons adults forgo routine dental visits.[5],[6]    

The use of preventive dental services has been low in non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics, low-income families, and families with low educational attainment by the head of household.[7] These groups have a much higher prevalence of untreated tooth decay than the general population.[8]    

A 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council strongly recommended increasing the diversity of the dental workforce to improve patient access, satisfaction, and communication.[9] Provisions in the Affordable Care Act to expand insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Exchange/Marketplace aim to increase the number of adults and children with regular access to dental care.[10] Healthy People 2020's oral health leading health indicator is to increase the proportion of children, adolescents, and adults who used the oral health care system in the past year.



[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FastStats - oral and dental health. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/dental.htm. Updated April 29. 2015. Accessed July 20, 2015.

[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FastStats - oral and dental health. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/dental.htm. Updated April 29. 2015. Accessed July 20, 2015.

[3] Malecki K, Wisk LE, Walsh M, et al. Oral health equity and unmet dental care needs in a population-based sample: findings from the survey of the health of Wisconsin. American Journal of Public Health. 2015;105(S3):S466-S474.

[4] Bloom B, Simile CM, Adams PF, Cohen RA. Oral health status and access to oral health care for U.S. adults aged 18-64: National Health Interview Survey, 2008. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2012. 10(253).

[5] Bloom B, Simile CM, Adams PF, Cohen RA. Oral health status and access to oral health care for U.S. adults aged 18-64: National Health Interview Survey, 2008. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2012. 10(253).

[6] US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General. Oral health in America: A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; 2000.

[7] Griffin SO, Barker LK, Liang W, et al. Use of dental care and effective preventive services in preventing tooth decay among U.S. children and adolescents—Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, United States, 2003-2009 and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2005-2010. MMWR Supplement. 2014;63(2):54-60.

[8] Griffin SO, Barker LK, Liang W, et al. Use of dental care and effective preventive services in preventing tooth decay among U.S. children and adolescents—Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, United States, 2003-2009 and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2005-2010. MMWR Supplement. 2014;63(2):54-60.

[9] Institute of Medicine; National Research Council. Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2011.

[10] Griffin SO, Barker LK, Liang W, et al. Use of dental care and effective preventive services in preventing tooth decay among U.S. children and adolescents—Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, United States, 2003-2009 and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2005-2010. MMWR Supplement. 2014;63(2):54-60.