From the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:
What type of dental care provider did [PERSON] see during this visit?
PROBE: Any other type of dental care person? CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
What did [PERSON] have done during this visit?
PROBE: What else was done? CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
MEPS data for oral health provide information on the nature of the dental visit. Subjects are interviewed on five different occasions over 15 months, so that they do not need to recall details of dental care received more than 3 months beforehand. In addition, MEPS subjects are also asked for specific information about care received at each visit. This indicator defines a preventive dental visit as one in which the patient received a dental sealant, a fluoride treatment or a dental prophylaxis (professional tooth cleaning by a dental hygienist or dentist).
Baseline data has been revised from 26.7 to 30.2 percent. As a result, the target has been revised from 29.4 to 33.2 percent