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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Socioeconomic and family influences on dental treatment needs among Brazilian underprivileged schoolchildren participating in a dental health program
Author: Lisboa, CM
de Paula, JS
Ambrosano, GMB
Pereira, AC
Meneghim, MD
Cortellazzi, KL
Vazquez, FL
Mialhe, FL
Abstract: Background: The objective of this study was to compare the socioeconomic and family characteristics of underprivileged schoolchildren with and without curative dental needs participating in a dental health program. Methods: A random sample of 1411 of 8- to-10 year-old Brazilian schoolchildren was examined and two sample groups were included in the cross-sectional study: 544 presented curative dental needs and the other 867 schoolchildren were without curative dental needs. The schoolchildren were examined for the presence of caries lesions using the DMFT index and their parents were asked to answer questions about socioenvironmental characteristics of their families. Logistic regression models were adjusted estimating the Odds Ratios (OR), their 95% confidence intervals (Cl), and significance levels. Results: After adjusting for potential confounders, it was found that families earning more than one Brazilian minimum wage, having fewer than four residents in the house, families living in homes owned by them, and children living with both biological parents were protective factors for the presence of dental caries, and consequently, curative dental needs. Conclusions: Socioeconomic status and family structure influences the curative dental needs of children from underprivileged communities. In this sense, dental health programs should plan and implement strategic efforts to reduce inequities in oral health status and access to oral health services of vulnerable schoolchildren and their families.
Subject: Socioenvironmental aspects
Oral health
Access health services
Country: Inglaterra
Editor: Biomed Central Ltd
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1186/1472-6831-13-56
Date Issue: 2013
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