In 2017, more women (12.7%) than men (8.8%) reported that at some time during the past 12 months they needed dental care but didn’t get it because they couldn’t afford it.
This pattern was consistent within each racial/ethnic group: Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic black.
Among both men and women, Hispanic adults were most likely to have unmet needs for dental care because they couldn’t afford it.
Nearly 17% of Hispanic women could not afford to meet their dental care needs, compared with 12.8% of non-Hispanic black women and 11.8% of non-Hispanic white women; 12.3% of Hispanic men had unmet dental care needs, compared with 8.6% of non-Hispanic black men and 8.3% of non-Hispanic white men.
Source: Tables of Summary Health Statistics, 2017.