Utilization and Insurance Coverage of Dental Services among New Jersey Adults

This Facts & Findings research brief uses data from the 2009 New Jersey Family Health Survey (NJFHS) to investigate differences in dental care utilization and coverage among community-dwelling resident adults ages 19 and older.

Key Findings

  • Forty percent of adults in New Jersey did not visit a dentist in the past year.
  • The major barriers to dental care for adults are socioeconomic. Those who lack dental coverage and those with low incomes are the least likely to have visited a dentist.
  • Independent of dental insurance and income, several other population groups are at higher risk of receiving no dental care. They are young adults (ages 19–29), Hispanics, and males.