Hawaii Oral Health: Key Findings
Information taken from: Hawaii Oral Health: Key Findings, August 2015
- In 2011/2012, 73% of parents in Hawaii report that the health of their children’s teeth is excellent or very good, and 80% report no oral health problem for their children in the past 6 months.
- Overall, based on parental report, most children 1-17 years of age in Hawaii (84%) had seen a dentist in the past year in 2011/2012. However, the percent of middle (78%) and high school (77%) students in public schools reported having a dental visit in the past year in 2013 is lower.
- About 29% of low-income children 1-17 years of age in Hawaii had a dental problem in the past 6 months compared to only 13% of higher income children in 2011/2012.
- About 59% of the 1-18 year old children enrolled in Hawaii’s Medicaid/QUEST program saw a dentist in 2013, which is above the rate for 1-18 year old Medicaid children in the United States (50%)
- About 35% of the 1-18 year old children enrolled in Hawaii’s Medicaid/Quest program received dental treatment services in 2013, which is above the rate for 1-18 year old Medicaid children in the United States (24%)
- Only 41% of pregnant women in Hawaii reported seeing a dentist during their pregnancy in 2009-2011
- Residents of Hawaii County, young women (20-29 years), women with less than high school education, low-income women, and women on Medicaid/QUEST health insurance are particular groups among the lowest estimates of seeing a dentist during pregnancy in 2009-2011
- 70% of adults (> 18 years) in Hawaii reported seeing a dentist in the past year, similar to the average for adults in the rest of the United States (67%) in 2012.
- 51% of low-income adults lost teeth from dental disease compared to only 32% of higher income adults in 2012.
- While 82% of high-income adults see the dentist each year, only 52% of low-income adults reported seeing a dentist in the past year in 2012.
- In 2012 in Hawaii, there were more than 3,000 emergency room visits due to preventable dental problems. This is a 67% increase from 2006, much higher than the 22% increase seen in the rest of the United States from 2006-2009
- In 2013, there were 1,283 persons per dentist in Hawaii with much higher ratios among neighbor island counties
- Over the past five years, there has been a substantial decline in the number of clients transported from neighbor islands to Honolulu for dental services from 3,633 clients in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 to 2,266 clients in FY 2013
- Only 11% of Hawaii’s residents who got their water from public water systems have fluoridated drinking water compared to 75% for the United States as a whole in 2012.