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Maternal characteristics and treatment needs as predictors of dental health services utilisation among Mexican school children
 

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  12/2012

Authors:  A. A. Vallejos-Sánchez1, C. E. Medina-Solís2, M. Minaya-Sánchez1, J. J. Villalobos-Rodelo,3,4 M. L. Márquez-Corona2, H. Islas-Granillo2, G. Maupomé5,6

Language:  English

Institution:  1 Faculty of Dentistry, Autonomous University of Campeche Campeche, Mexico 2 Academic Area of Dentistry, Health Sciences Institute at the Autonomous University of State of Hidalgo, Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico 3 Preventive Medicine Area, Family Medicine Unit of ISSSTE, Navolato, Sinaloa, Mexico 4 Faculty of Dentistry, Autonomous University of Sinaloa. Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico 5 Indiana University / Purdue University at Indianapolis School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, USA 6 The Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Indianapolis, USA

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatic Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

Keywords:  Oral Health, Dental Health Services, Dental Health Needs.

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Title:  Maternal characteristics and treatment needs as predictors of dental health services utilisation among Mexican school children

Abstract:  Aim To determine whether maternal characteristics and treatment needs are associated with dental health services utilization (DHSU) in school children. Material and methods A cross-sectional study in 1373 school children aged 6-12 years in elementary schools in Campeche, Mexico collected family and sociodemographic characteristics; an oral examination was conducted. The dependent variable was DHSU in the year preceding the study. Results DHSU prevalence was 65.5%. The variables associated (p<0.05) with DHSU in the final multivariate model were age (OR=1.27), maternal schooling (OR=1.07), mother's attitude toward oral health (OR=1.39), frequency of tooth brushing (OR=1.83), enamel defects (OR=1.55), and unmet oral health needs (moderate: OR=1.42 and high: OR=2.30). Conclusion Specific sociodemographic and maternal variables were associated with DHSU. Strategies are needed to increase appropriate and timely use of services to improve health status.

 
 
 
 
 
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