Trends in Pediatric Dental Care Use

Dent Clin North Am. 2018 Apr;62(2):295-317.e12. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2017.11.008.


This article explores trends in 3 areas of dental services use for children less than 21 years of age. First, it examines the change in access to prevention, diagnostic, and treatment services over time among Medicaid-enrolled children and how access to care is affected by state-level factors. Second, it evaluates trends and health care costs associated with the treatment of oral health conditions in the operating room of pediatric hospitals. Third, it examines the trends in use of emergency departments for dental needs among children in the United States.

Keywords: Emergency department; Health disparities; Medicaid EPSDT Benefit; Operating room; Pediatric oral health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Care for Children / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Medicaid / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • United States
  • Young Adult