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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Nov 1 1999|
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