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Access Indicators: Dental Care

Oral health is an essential component of overall health (Haley, Kenney & Pelletier, 2008). Approximately 3 million Texans do not obtain appropriate dental care due to barriers including affordability and dental provider shortages. More below…


There are significant disparities among populations with regard to obtaining appropriate dental care. Whites, as well as those with higher education and income levels, are the most likely to report having accessed dental care within the past year. According to data collected by the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), in 2012 the Houston region did not compare favorably with other regions, with 60.3% having accessed dental care within the past year, compared to 60.5% in Dallas, 63.8% in Los Angeles, 66.6% in New York, and 67.8% in Chicago (CDC 2012).

Source cited

Haley, J., Kenney, G., Pelletier, J., “Access to Affordable Dental Care: Gaps for Low-Income Adults,” Kaiser Family Foundation, 2008, Retrieved from: http://www.allhealth.org/briefingmaterials/kaiserlowincomeaccesssurvey-1276.pdf.