The Australian Dental Council's approach to dental program accreditation uses directive, anticipatory, strategic, stakeholder, and relational impact mechanisms to influence education providers and ensure graduates are sufficiently competent.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has disrupted the delivery of health care services, including dental care. The objective of this study was to quantify and describe US adults who delayed dental care due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pediatric dental care is an essential health benefit that the Affordable Care Act requires most private health plans to cover. It is unknown how these different pediatric dental coverage offerings may affect uptake of coverage.
Comparing pre- and post-ACA periods, private dental insurance increased by 4.6% (P=0.013) and annual dental visits were unchanged (2.7%, P=0.071) comparing children likely or unlikely to be affected by the ACA.
This study failed to find evidence that medical preventive oral health services (POHS) replaced dental visits for young children enrolled in Medicaid and, in fact, offers evidence that increased medical POHS was associated with increased utilization of dental care. Given lower than desired rates of dental visits for this population, delivery of medical POHS should be expanded.
Oral health outcomes were similar for children with public and private health insurance. However, children in low- income families and with less educated parents had greater odds of untreated caries, suggesting that initiatives focused on publicly insured populations may miss other vulnerable children of low socioeconomic status.
This report examines an important factor in the ability to access dental care: the distribution and availability of dental health providers. The authors assess these characteristics of providers across the counties of Pennsylvania in 2013.
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.