Factors Associated with Routine Dental Attendance among Aboriginal Australians

Najith Amarasena, Kostas Kapellas, Michael Skilton, Louise Maple-Brown, Alex Brown, P. Mark Bartold, Kerin O'Dea, D Celermajer, Lisa Jamieson

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-80
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Amarasena, N., Kapellas, K., Skilton, M., Maple-Brown, L., Brown, A., Bartold, P. M., O'Dea, K., Celermajer, D., & Jamieson, L. (2016). Factors Associated with Routine Dental Attendance among Aboriginal Australians. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(1), 67-80. https://doi.org/10.1353/hpu.2016.0040