Defense Date

2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Pediatric Dentistry

First Advisor

Tegwyn Brickhouse

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the use of dental services for young children following a preventive oral health intervention in a pediatric medical clinic. Over a 3 year period (2005-2008), children 0-36 months of age, enrolled in Medicaid, were provided preventive oral health services in a medical setting. Descriptive statistics and multivariate logistic regression were used to determine the effect receiving the preventive oral health services in a medical setting with the outcomes of dental utilization. 15% were determined to have dental caries at the intervention and 42% found to have a dental visit post-intervention. Children determined to have decay at the intervention were significantly more likely to have one or more restorative or adjunctive service post-intervention. After receiving preventive oral health care in a medical clinic, the resulting utilization of dental services was higher than what is commonly reported for dental utilization in infant populations of low-income children.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

May 2009

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