The State of Illinois annually studies the health of a representative sample of new mothers. Since 1993, it has participated in the CDC’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), which asks about pre, peri, and post-natal health and health behaviors. While the survey has grown and changed over the years, oral health topics have been included since 1997.
One oral health-related question asks, “At any time during the 12 months before you got pregnant with your new baby… I had my teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist.” The responses are stratified by age, income, race/ethnicity, and payer source.
Percentages are displayed as a weighted percentage of Illinois mothers giving birth to live infants from 2009-2014 who responded YES to the question. The estimated population is shown as the number of Illinois mothers giving birth who would respond YES to the question. Collected annual income brackets changed slightly in 2012, which is reflected as a line break with different shading for 2009-2011 and 2012-2014; incomes below $15,000 were collected for all years and are represented as an unbroken line. Income data for all years had high non-response rates and should be interpreted with caution. Medicaid recipients are defined as those for whom Medicaid paid for their delivery.