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Brief 8 Oral health–Dental visits: Percentage of children ages 5–17 with a dental visit in the past year by metropolitan status, 2018

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Characteristics 2018
Total 90.6
Metropolitan statusa
Metropolitan 90.9
Nonmetropolitan 89.0
Micropolitan 88.4
Rural 90.0
a The U.S. Office of Management and Budget classifies counties as within a metropolitan or a micropolitan statistical area. The remaining counties are not classified and are considered rural in this report. Rural counties may include small urban areas, as well as completely rural areas. Nonmetropolitan counties include counties in micropolitan statistical and rural areas.
NOTE:Children were identified as having a dental visit in the past year by asking parents, "About how long has it been since your child last saw a dentist?" Parents were directed to include all types of dentists, such as orthodontists, oral surgeons, and all other dental specialists, as well as dental hygienists.
SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey.