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Adults who Visited a Dentist

This indicator shows the percentage of adults who have visited a dentist or dental clinic for any reason in the past year.

Adults who Visited a Dentist

58.8
52.1
Comparison: TX State Value 

52.1

percent
Measurement Period: 2012

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Categories: Health / Oral Health, Health / Access to Health Services
Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the Texas state value.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: June 2014

Why is this important?

Oral health has been shown to impact overall health and well-being. Nearly one-third of all adults in the United States have untreated tooth decay, or tooth caries, and one in seven adults aged 35 to 44 years old has periodontal (gum) disease. Given these serious health consequences, it is important to maintain good oral health. It is recommended that adults and children see a dentist on a regular basis. Professional dental care helps to maintain the overall health of the teeth and mouth, and provides for early detection of pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions.

Adults who Visited a Dentist : Time Series

2004: 61.2 2006: 60.0 2008: 60.9 2010: 54.7 2012: 52.1

percent


Indicates a change in methodology
2012  The BRFSS 2012 prevalence data should be considered a baseline year for data analysis and is not directly comparable to previous years of BRFSS data because of the changes in weighting methodology and the addition of the cell phone sampling frame.

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