Judith A. Feinstein, MSPH Director, Maine Oral Health Program ME Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Bureau of Health) Maine Department of Health & Human Services. Oral Health in Maine: Facts & Figures, August 2005.
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Director, Maine Oral Health Program
ME Center for Disease Control & Prevention (Bureau of Health)
Maine Department of Health & Human ServicesOral Health in Maine: Facts & Figures, August 2005
“…Oral health is integral to general health. You cannot be healthy without oral health.”
Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2000
Of the kindergarten children screened, 11% hadn’t had a dental visit.
Of the 3rd graders screened, 57% had at least one dental sealant, but 50% of them needed at least one more.
15% of the kindergarten children and 41% of the 3rd graders who were screened have decay experience (fillings and/or decay).
In 1999, 38% of lower income children had sealants; in 2004, 53% of the lower income children screened have them – a level similar to higher income children.Oral Health in Maine2004 Maine Child Health Survey, Preliminary Data
Women 35 or older were more likely, and women 25 or younger less likely to have had a dental visit.Oral Health in Maine
PRAMS – 2000 Survey
The women who did not obtain needed care were more likely to be 20-24 years old, enrolled in WIC, or have annual incomes of less than $16,000.Oral Health in Maine
PRAMS – 2000 Survey
Close to half of Maine’s cities & towns do not have public water supplies.
Of communities with public water supplies, 84% of the population has fluoridated drinking water; but for the state as a whole, about 38%.Water Fluoridation
small, independently operating private practices.
Federally Designated Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas
distribution of dentists (2002)
589 dentists, net gain of 8 since 1998 (actively practicing vs. 630 licensees)
465 (~80%) were general practice dentists.
Dentist to population ratio was one per 2,165, compared to national ratio of one per 1,656. Maine was 28th in the 50 states.
Only 30% of Maine dentists were 45 or younger; average age was 50.5.Issues for Oral Health in Maine
Workforce concerns: numbers, age and distribution of dental hygienists (2004)