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Visited dentist, past 2 weeks

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For sample adults and sample children ages 2-17, DENVIS2W indicates whether the person visited a dentist in the past two weeks.

DENVIS2W has appeared periodically since 1983 as part of the Dental Supplement. For related variables and more information about this supplement, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus, or see DEN2WNO, which reports the number of dental visits in the past two weeks.


Prior to 1999, this question was asked of all persons ages 2 and over. Subsequently the universe was restricted to sampled adults and sample children age 2 and over.


  • 1983; 1986; 1989: Persons age 2+.
  • 1999: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children age 2-17 who have seen or talked to a dentist in the past 12 months.


  • 1983, 1986, 1989, 1999