Self-reported oral health needs and dental-care seeking behavior among women who use methamphetamine

Jonathan Leserman Robbins, Jennifer Lorvick, Alexandra Lutnick, Lynn Wenger, Alex H. Kral

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This study describes the prevalence of self-reported oral health needs and dental care-seeking behavior among women who use methamphetamine, using respondent-driven sampling in San Francisco, California, from 2007 to 2009 (N 322). The sample had a high prevalence of self-reported dental needs; however, a low proportion of those reporting needs sought care. In bivariate analysis, the preferred route of methamphetamine use and frequency were not associated with self-reported dental needs. Over 90 of the sample used illicit substances in addition to methamphetamine, which may limit our ability to detect an association between methamphetamine use and oral health needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1208-1213
Number of pages6
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Dental care
  • IDU
  • Injection drug use
  • Methamphetamine
  • Oral health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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