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

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

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    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 1999

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    Health Behavior
    Oral Health
    Preschool Children
    Tooth
    Caregivers
    Dental Insurance
    Preventive Dentistry
    Dental Care
    Maternal Age
    Dentists
    Mothers
    Education
    Health

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    Stewart, D., 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.

    Utilization of dental services and preventive oral health behaviors among preschool-aged children from Delaware. / Stewart, Denice; Ortega, Alexander N.; Alos, Victor; Martin, Brian; Dowshen, Steven A.; Katz, Solomon H.

    In: Pediatric Dentistry, Vol. 21, No. 7, 11.1999, p. 403-407.

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    Stewart, D, Ortega, AN, Alos, V, Martin, B, Dowshen, SA & Katz, SH 1999, 'Utilization of dental services and preventive oral health behaviors among preschool-aged children from Delaware', Pediatric Dentistry, vol. 21, no. 7, pp. 403-407.
    Stewart D, Ortega AN, Alos V, Martin B, Dowshen SA, Katz SH. Utilization of dental services and preventive oral health behaviors among preschool-aged children from Delaware. Pediatric Dentistry. 1999 Nov;21(7):403-407.
    Stewart, Denice ; Ortega, Alexander N. ; Alos, Victor ; Martin, Brian ; Dowshen, Steven A. ; Katz, Solomon H. / Utilization of dental services and preventive oral health behaviors among preschool-aged children from Delaware. In: Pediatric Dentistry. 1999 ; Vol. 21, No. 7. pp. 403-407.
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