Why this is important: The American Dental Association recommends that individuals visit the dentist at least two times per year. Dental check-ups allow the dentist to clean the teeth, identify any oral health problems, and provide education on improving or maintaining good oral health.
Definition: Percent of adults who visited the dentist in the last 12 months.
Data Source: Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, supported in part by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cooperative Agreement U58/SO000047-1 through 4 (2011-2014), NU58/DP006066-1 (2015), and NU58/DP006066-02-(02, 04) (2016, 2018), NU58/DP006865 (2020). Calculations and presentation of data by Spokane Regional Health District, Data Center.