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Type: Journal article
Title: Changes in area-level socioeconomic status and oral health of indigenous Australian children
Author: Ha, D.
Do, L.
Luzzi, L.
Mejia, G.
Jamieson, L.
Citation: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2016; 27(1 Suppl.):110-124
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1049-2089
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Diep H. Ha, Loc G. Do, Liana Luzzi, Gloria C. Mejia, Lisa Jamieson
Abstract: Dental diseases have shown to be influenced by area-level socioeconomic status. This study aims to assess the effects of change in area-level SES on the oral health of Australian Indigenous children.Data were collected from a national surveillance survey for children's dental health at two points of time (2000-2002/2007-2010). The study examines caries experienced by area-level SES and whether changes in area-level SES (stable-high, upwardly-mobile, downwardly-mobile and stable low) affects caries experience.Dental caries in both the deciduous and permanent dentition increased significantly among Indigenous children during the study period. In stable low-SES areas, the experience of decayed, missing and overall dmft/DMFT in both dentitions was highest compared with other groups at both Time 1(2.15 vs 1.61, 1.77, 1.87 and 0.86 vs 0.55, 0.67, 0.70 respectively) and Time 2 (3.23 vs 2.08, 2.17, 2.02 and 1.49 vs 1.18, 1.21 respectively).A change in area-level SES was associated with experience of dental disease among Indigenous Australian children.
Keywords: Dental caries; children; Indigenous status; area-level characteristics; Australia
Rights: © Meharry Medical College
DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2016.0034
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