Last updated 1/31/17
By the Division of Maternal and Child Health
Vermont has seen a increase in the number of women who had a preventive dental visit during pregnancy, from 54% in 2004 to 59% in 2013 according to the Pregnancy Risk Factor Surveillance System (PRAMS), although there has been variation in this percentage from year to year.
Additionally, disparities exist among subpopulations:
- WIC recipients have lower rates of preventive dental visits (40%) than women who do not receive WIC (60%)
- Vermonters with private health insurance during pregnancy had a higher visit rate (69%) than those with Medicaid (48%).
- Preventive health visits increase significantly with educational attainment (45% for women with a high school degree compared to 67% of college graduates).
For more detail and background, view the Health Department’s Division of Maternal and Child Health information brief at: http://healthvermont.gov/family/reports/maternal-and-child-health-priorities-brief