Posted: July 3, 2018
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There were promising findings in dental care utilization reflecting quality-focused initiatives of the clinics. The following section highlights expansions in dental services and remaining access challenges.

The number of dental visits provided by community clinics has increased by 29% from 2012-2015.

This increase occurred in all but one SPA.

Source: OSHPD 2012 and 2015

The number of full time dentists employed by Health Centers also increased dramatically.

Source: OSHPD 2012 and 2015

Despite the enhanced role of community clinics in providing dental care, nearly two-fifths of adult residents report not seeing a dentist or going to a dental clinic within the past year, and in SPA 6 this proportion was 56%.  SPA 7 also had a high proportion of adults not accessing dental care at 46.9%.

For children ages 0-17, roughly 1 in 10 did not access dental care in the last year due to financial reasons.  This proportion was highest in SPAs 1 and 6 at 14.2% and 15.5%, respectively.



These are key findings from CCALAC’s 2018 Network Adequacy Report.

This project was funded by L.A. Care Health Plan to benefit low-income and uninsured residents of Los Angeles County.

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