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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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, Najith ; Kapellas, Kostas ; Skilton, Michael ; Maple-Brown, Louise ; Brown, Alex ; Bartold, P. Mark ; O'Dea, Kerin ; Celermajer, D ; Jamieson, Lisa. / Factors Associated with Routine Dental Attendance among Aboriginal Australians. In: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2016 ; Vol. 27, No. 1. pp. 67-80.
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Amarasena, N, Kapellas, K, Skilton, M, Maple-Brown, L, Brown, A, Bartold, PM, 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, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 67-80. https://doi.org/10.1353/hpu.2016.0040

Factors Associated with Routine Dental Attendance among Aboriginal Australians. / Amarasena, Najith; Kapellas, Kostas; Skilton, Michael; Maple-Brown, Louise; Brown, Alex; Bartold, P. Mark; O'Dea, Kerin; Celermajer, D; Jamieson, Lisa.

In: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2016, p. 67-80.

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