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ABSTRACT: To investigate the utilization of oral health services and to analyze the factors associated with oral health services for the community residents.
Household health interview and oral health condition survey were conducted to obtain information about oral health services. The respondents were recruited by a multi-stage random cluster sampling procedure. Multiple dummy regression analyses were performed for the assessment of the relative effect of behavioural factors on dental attendance.
A total of 2003 families, 4459 people participated in this study. The people seeking dental treatment accounted for 11.3% (502/4459) per year. Young people (OR = 2.072), having medical insurance system (OR = 2.835), short distance to see dentist (OR = 3.535), oral health awareness (OR = 2.595), poor self-assessment of oral health status (OR = 2.014) were the main factors which influenced dental attendance of community residents.
The utilization of oral health service was low, particularly for middle-aged people and the elderly. Oral health education and medical insurance system should be strengthened.
Zhonghua kou qiang yi xue za zhi = Zhonghua kouqiang yixue zazhi = Chinese journal of stomatology 03/2011; 46(3):182-5.