Preventable Dental ED Visit Rate by Socioeconomic Status & Geography

New York Finger Lakes Region (2014-2016)

The chart below shows a strong relationship between socioeconomic status and the rates of preventable dental ED visits. It is striking to see the especially high rate within the urban SES 1 areas. Additionally, in general there are higher rates in the rural areas compared to the suburbs at the same SES levels.


Methodology note: The SES index ranking was developed by Common Ground Health and calculated using a variety of socioeconomic indicators from the American Community Survey including average income, poverty rates, education levels, housing value, and homeownership. Each ZIP code is assigned a socioeconomic (SES) index ranking from 1 to 5. The lower SES ZIP codes tend to have lower average income, higher poverty rates, lower prevalence of college degrees, etc.

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