The State of Dental Health Care in California

The American Dental Association recently released a report that highlights the state of oral health in California during the 2015 calendar year. The report examined a variety of factors, including dental care utilization, fluoridation rates, oral health status, attitudes and knowledge of the California population, and more.

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ADA Health Policy Institute

Some of the highlights from the report include the following facts:

– Only 44-45% of adults answered all of HPI’s oral health knowledge survey questions correctly. 

– California has 76.6 dentists per 100,000 people, higher than the national rate of 60.5.

– 64% of the population living on community water systems receives fluoridated water.

– Low-income adults in California have a higher dental health index score than the average low-income American in general, while high-income Californians have a lower score than the average high-income American.

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