Dental Visits and Spending in Central Pennsylvania
In Central Pennsylvania, approximately 670,000 individuals have visited the dentist in the past year, which represents less than a third of the total population. Total spending on dental services by individuals in the region was just about $350 million (an average per capita rate of $376.39). Out of all of the Central PA counties, Cumberland County has the highest percentage of population that visited the dentist in the past year and the highest per capita average for dental services spending. About 31% of the county's population went to the dentist and spent an average of $424.82 per person.
The map below shows the total number of visits to the dentist in the past 12 months across Central Pennsylvania by zip codes. The darker colored areas represent a higher number of people who visited the dentist in that time frame, while lighter areas represent a lower number of people.
Across Central Pennsylvania, approximately 646,000 people are covered by dental insurance, which means that about 24,000 individuals who visited the dentist in the past 12 months were not insured (assuming that all individuals who are insured were a part of the total group that visited the dentist in the past 12 months). That means that about 96.5% of the individuals who went to the dentist were insured. A hypothesis that we could draw from this information would be - areas that have more individuals with insurance are more likely to have a higher percentage of the population visiting the dentist.
In looking at the graph below, this assumption is possibly accurate. The chart displays the percentage of individuals who visited the dentist versus the percentage of individuals who carry dental insurance. The red bars represent the percentage of the population that have dental insurance and the blue bars represent the percentage that visited the dentist in the past 12 months. In most of the Central Pennsylvania counties, the lower the percentage of insured, the lower the number of visits to the dentist. There are more than likely other factors that will have an effect on these numbers as well (such as household income and access to care to name a few).