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Spec Care Dentist. 2016 Nov;36(6):315-320. doi: 10.1111/scd.12193. Epub 2016 Jul 18.

Dental utilization for Medicaid-enrolled children with cystic fibrosis.

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1
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Minnesota, Minnesota. elisesarvas@gmail.com.
2
Associate Professor, Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Washington.
3
Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Washington, Washington.
4
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine, University of Washington, Washington.
5
Associate Professor, Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington, Washington.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Despite a multitude of risk factors, children with cystic fibrosis (CF) have lower reported dental caries prevalence. A potential explanation is preventive dental care use, but no studies to date have examined dental use for children with CF.

METHODOLOGY:

Iowa Medicaid data were analyzed for children age 3 to 17 years (N = 156,268). Poisson regression models were used to compare utilization rates for any dental care and also for specific categories of dental care, by CF status.

RESULTS:

Children with CF were significantly less likely to use any dental care than children without CF (incident rate ratio: 0.819, 95% CI: 0.80 to 0.84, p < .001). There were no significant differences in use across specific categories of dental care.

CONCLUSIONS:

Medicaid-enrolled children with CF are less likely to use dental care than children without CF. These findings suggest that use of dental care use is an unlikely explanation for lower purported caries rates among children with CF.

KEYWORDS:

Medicaid-enrolled children; cystic fibrosis; dental utilization

PMID:
27428470
DOI:
10.1111/scd.12193
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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