Oral health is important to children’s overall health and well-being. However, access to care can be a challenge for parents seeking oral health services for children who are Medicaid beneficiaries. Also, providers have noted a general unawareness among parents about the importance of preventive oral health care.
The purpose of this article is to examine the relationship of wealth and income and the relative impact of each on dental utilization in a population of older Americans, using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).
RAND/Samueli Chair for Integrative Medicine and Senior Health Policy Researcher
Education Ph.D. in sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science; M.A. in sociology, University of Canterbury; B.A. in sociology, University of Canterbury