Association between unmet dental needs and school absenteeism because of illness or injury among U.S. school children and adolescents aged 6-17 years, 2011-2012

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dc.contributor.author Agaku, Israel T.
dc.contributor.author Olutola, Bukola Ganiyat
dc.contributor.author Adisa, Akinyele O.
dc.contributor.author Obadan, Enihomo M.
dc.contributor.author Vardavas, Constantine I.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-03T08:53:09Z
dc.date.issued 2015-03
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : We assessed the prevalence of dental disease among U.S. children and adolescents aged 6–17 years, as well as the impact of unmet dental needs on school absenteeism because of illness/injury within the past 12 months. METHODS : Data were from the 2011/2012 National Survey of Children's Health (n = 65,680). Unmet dental need was defined as lack of access to appropriate and timely preventive or therapeutic dental healthcare when needed within the past 12 months. The impact of unmet dental needs on school absenteeism was measured using a multivariate generalized linear model with Poisson probability distribution (p b 0.05). RESULTS : Within the past 12 months, 21.8% (10.8 million) of all U.S. children and adolescents aged 6–17 years had “a toothache, decayed teeth, or unfilled cavities.” Of all U.S. children and adolescents aged 6–17 years, 15.8% (7.8 million) reported any unmet dental need (i.e., preventive and/or therapeutic dental need)within the past 12 months. The mean number of days of school absence because of illness/injury was higher among students with an unmet therapeutic dental need in the presence of a dental condition compared to those reporting no unmet dental need (β=0.25; p b 0.001). CONCLUSIONS : Enhanced and sustained efforts are needed to increase access to dental services among underserved U.S. children and adolescents. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-03-31
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ypmed en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Agaku, IT, Olutola, BG, Adisa, AO, Obadan, EM & Vardavas, CI 2015, 'Association between unmet dental needs and school absenteeism because of illness or injury among U.S. school children and adolescents aged 6-17 years, 2011-2012', Preventive Medicine, vol. 72, pp. 83-88. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0091-7435 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1096-0260 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.12.037
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/51038
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Preventive Medicine. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Preventive Medicine, vol. 72, pp. 83-88, 2015, doi : 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.12.037. en_ZA
dc.subject Dental caries en_ZA
dc.subject Toothache en_ZA
dc.subject Absenteeism en_ZA
dc.subject Illness en_ZA
dc.subject Schools en_ZA
dc.subject Unmet dental need en_ZA
dc.subject Dental care en_ZA
dc.subject Preventive dentistry en_ZA
dc.title Association between unmet dental needs and school absenteeism because of illness or injury among U.S. school children and adolescents aged 6-17 years, 2011-2012 en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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