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MEPS Topics: Dental Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures
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Dental Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures
Description: MEPS collects information on the nature of any dental care visit/use/event, type of dental care provider, treatments and services performed, and prescribed medicines. Dental expenditures include all direct payments by individuals, private insurance (including TRICARE), Medicare, Medicaid, and other sources such as the Veterans Administration, Workers' Compensation, and miscellaneous public sources to providers of the services. The Dental Visits Files are available as part of the event-level files. Information summarized to the person-level is available on the full-year consolidated files under the Household Full Year Files.
Data tables: For tables specifically on dental visit/use/events and expenditures, go to the dental services tables of the Expenditures by Health Care Service and the State-Level Medical Expenditures tables of the HC Summary Data Tables.
Analytic tools: You can use the MEPSNet/HC query tool to generate your own estimates for dental visits/use/events and expenditures. Select the Dental Visits variables within the Utilization, Expenditures, and SOP Variable Group of the Variable Selection Query Tab.
Audioicon AHRQ Podcasts: Healthcare 411 Series: Less Than Half of All Children in the U.S. Visited a Dentist in 2004 00:45 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Dental Checkups 01:15 (MM:SS)
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Dental Services: Use, Expenses, Source of Payment, Coverage and Procedure Type, 1996 - 2015 
Research Findings #38 
Dental Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2010 
Statistical Brief #415 
Dental Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2008 
Statistical Brief #353 
Children's Dental Care: Advice and Checkups, Ages 2-17, 2008 
Statistical Brief #326 
Dental Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2007 
Statistical Brief #299 
Dental Coverage of Adults Ages 21 to 64, United States, 1997 and 2007 
Statistical Brief #295 
Percentage of Persons Unable to Get or Delayed in Getting Needed Medical Care, Dental Care, or Prescription Medicines: United States, 2007 
Statistical Brief #282 
Dental Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2006 
Statistical Brief #263 
Dental Coverage of Children and Young Adults under Age 21, United States, 1996 and 2006 
Statistical Brief #221 
Dental Use, Expenses, Dental Coverage, and Changes, 1996 and 2004 
Chartbook #17 
Children's Dental Visits and Expenses, United States, 2003 
Statistical Brief #117 
Children's Dental Care: Periodicity of Checkups and Access to Care, 2003 
Statistical Brief #113 
Dental Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2003 
Statistical Brief #112 
Health Care Expenses in the United States, 2000 
Research Findings #21 
Dental Services: Use, Expenses, and Sources of Payment, 1996-2000 
Research Findings #20 
Health Care Expenses in the United States, 1996 
Research Findings #12 
 
   Page last revised:  October 5, 2009