Statistics on children, youth and families in Maine from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Maine Children's Alliance
Children that received preventive dental service by insurance type in Maine
Children that received preventive dental service by insurance type
Why This Indicator Matters
What the data shows
In 2021, 42% of children with MaineCare and 63% of children with commercial insurance had at least one preventative dental service during the calendar year. This is better than the pandemic year of 2020, but still lower rates than 2019 when 57% of children with MaineCare and 69% of children with commercial dental insurance had at least one preventative dental service. In 2021, 52,285 children with commercial insurance had a preventative dental service and 48,033 children with MaineCare did so.
Combining commercially insured and children with MaineCare, the highest rates of children with at least one preventative dental service in 2021 were in the counties of Cumberland, Kennebec and York with rates of 56%, 54% and 53% respectively. The counties with the lowest rates of preventative dental services among insured children with combined rates of commercial and MaineCare insurance in 2021 were Piscataquis, Washington and Hancock with rates of 43%, 45% and 46% respectively.
Definition and Source
The data comes from the Maine Health Data Organization's All Payer Claims Dataset, and the numbers and percents reflect children (ages 0- 20) who had either MaineCare or commercial dental coverage for at least 11 months of the year, and who had at least one claim for a preventive dental service.
Updated January 2023.