In addition to an annual medical visit, Bright Futures also recommends that all children see a dentist every 6 months beginning at age 1 or when the first tooth appears.1 This is particularly critical for CSHCN, who are at high risk for oral health problems. As with preventive medical care, the survey asked whether children aged 1-17 had received a preventive dental visit, such as a checkup or a cleaning, within the past year. Overall, the parents of 85.9 percent of CSHCN reported that their children received a preventive dental visit.

Children with higher family incomes were the most likely to receive an annual preventive dental visit; 92.5 percent of CSHCN with family incomes of 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) or more did so, compared to 80.3 percent of children with family incomes below the FPL.

1 Hagan JF, Shaw JS, Duncan PM, eds. Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Third edition. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008. Return to text.

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