WIC children have substantially increased their access to dental care from 2005 to 2017. In 2017, 78% of WIC children two years and older have visited a dentist. 2011 WIC survey data showed that most of these visits are routine check-ups, exams or cleaning.
Hispanic children from Spanish-speaking families have the highest rate of dental visits in 2014 when compared to other ethnic groups. They also experienced the highest increase between 2005 and 2017 (from 49% to 82%). Asian children experienced the highest increase from 2014 to 2017 (from 57% to 74%).
*Data source: Los Angeles County WIC Survey, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017. Sample size of WIC children two years and older were between 2,000 and 2,900 in each survey year. For more details click here.