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J Am Dent Assoc. 2003 May;134(5):621-7.

Recent trends in dental visits and private dental insurance, 1989 and 1999.

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  • 1Statistical Research, Health Policy Resources Center, American Dental Association, Chicago, Ill. 60611, USA. wallt@ada.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This article describes recent trends in dental visits and private dental insurance in the United States.

METHODS:

This study is based on the analyses of data regarding dental visits and private dental insurance among the population 2 years of age or older from the 1989 and 1999 National Health Interview Surveys.

RESULTS:

Overall, the percentage of the population with a dental visit rose from 57.2 percent in 1989 to 64.1 percent in 1999, while the percentage with private dental insurance fell from 40.5 percent to 35.2 percent.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although a higher percentage of people with private dental insurance reported having a dental visit than did those without private dental insurance in both years, the increase from 1989 to 1999 in the percentage of those with a visit was larger among the uninsured.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

If this trend persists, a smaller portion of practicing dentist's clientele will be insured. This may affect demand for services, as well as front office operations.

PMID:
12785498
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