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Hours of work or school missed because cosmetic dental care, past 6 mo

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For sample adults age 18 and older and sample children ages 5-17 who saw a dentist in the last 6 months, DENHRCOSM6M indicates the number of hours of work or school the person missed in the past 6 months for tooth whitening and other cosmetic dental procedures.

This variable was asked as part of the Oral Health Supplement. For related variables and more information about this supplement, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus, or see DENTINT.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children ages 5-17 who have seen a dentist in the past 6 months.


  • 2008