Utilization of dental services and preventive oral health behaviors among preschool-aged children from Delaware

Denice C.L. Stewart, Alexander N. Ortega, Victor Alos, Brian Martin, Steven A. Dowshen, Solomon H. Katz

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    Abstract

    Purpose: This study evaluated factors associated with age-appropriate dental care utilization and preventive behaviors among preschool-aged children in Delaware. Methods: In June 1994, child health questionnaires were mailed to a simple random sample of 1,005 Delaware caregivers whose children were ages 6 to 36 months. Results: Only 12% of children ≥12 months old had been to the dentist. Child's race, maternal education, maternal age, dental insurance, having a regular place for medical care, receiving information on tooth care from medical personnel, and family income were not associated with having a dental visit. Conclusions: Improving information provided to caregivers and health professionals on appropriate timing of dental services and preventive dentistry is recommended to enhance oral health for preschool-aged children.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)403-407
    Number of pages5
    JournalPediatric dentistry
    Volume21
    Issue number7
    StatePublished - Nov 1 1999

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    Stewart, D. C. L., Ortega, A. N., Alos, V., Martin, B., Dowshen, S. A., & Katz, S. H. (1999). Utilization of dental services and preventive oral health behaviors among preschool-aged children from Delaware. Pediatric dentistry, 21(7), 403-407.