Objectives: To determine factors associated with routine dental attendance in Aboriginal Australians.
Methods: Data of 271 Aboriginal adults residing in Australia’s Northern Territory were used. Routine dental attendance was defined as last visiting a dentist less than one year ago or visiting a dentist for a check-up. Both bivariate and multivariable analytical techniques were used.
Results: While 27% visited a dentist in the past year, 29% of these visited for a check-up. In bivariate analysis, being female, low psychological distress, and low clinical attachment loss (CAL) were associated with visiting a dentist within last year. Being aged younger than 39 years, male, no oral health impairment, being caries-free, low CAL, and low apolipoprotein B were associated with visiting for a check-up. Clinical attachment loss remained associated with visiting a dentist less than one year ago while being younger than 39 years and having no oral health impairment remained associated with usually visiting for a check-up in multivariable analysis.
Conclusions: Younger age, no oral health impairment, and low CAL were associated with routine dental attendance among Indigenous Australians.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|