Oral Health Status

Parents of children aged 1 and older were asked to rate the condition of their children’s teeth as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. Overall, a lower proportion of children were reported to have excellent or very good oral health than physical health. The parents of 71.3 percent of children reported that their children’s teeth were in excellent or very good condition, while the parents of 21.1 percent reported their child’s teeth to be in good condition. The parents of the remaining 7.7 percent reported their child’s teeth to be in fair or poor condition.

This proportion varied, however, by the child’s age group. The parents of 78.5 percent of 1- to 5-year-olds rated the condition of their children’s teeth as excellent or very good, compared to 66.3 percent of children aged 6-11 years and 70.5 percent of adolescents aged 12-17 years.

The condition of children’s teeth also varied with household income. Of children with household incomes below the Federal poverty level (FPL), just over half were reported to have teeth that were in excellent or very good condition (52.5 percent), compared to 63.6 percent of children with household incomes between 100 and 199 percent of the FPL, 78.1 percent of children with household incomes between 200 and 399 percent of the FPL, and 85.3 percent of children with household incomes of 400 percent or more of the FPL.