Maternal characteristics and treatment needs as predictors of dental health services utilisation among Mexican school children

A. A. Vallejos-Sánchez, C. E. Medina-Solís, M. Minaya-Sánchez, J. J. Villalobos-Rodelo, M. L. Márquez-Corona, H. Islas-Granillo, G. Maupomé

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Abstract

Aim: To determine whether maternal characteristics and treatment needs are associated with dental health services utilization (DHSU) in school children. Material and methods: A cross-sectional study in 1373 school children aged 6-12 years in elementary schools in Campeche, Mexico collected family and sociodemographic characteristics; an oral examination was conducted. The dependent variable was DHSU in the year preceding the study. Results: DHSU prevalence was 65.5%. The variables associated (p<0.05) with DHSU in the final multivariate model were age (OR=1.27), maternal schooling (OR=1.07), mothers attitude toward oral health (OR=1.39), frequency of tooth brushing (OR=1.83), enamel defects (OR=1.55), and unmet oral health needs (moderate: OR=1.42 and high: OR=2.30). Conclusion: Specific sociodemographic and maternal variables were associated with DHSU. Strategies are needed to increase appropriate and timely use of services to improve health status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-310
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Volume13
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

Keywords

  • Dental health needs
  • Dental health services
  • Oral health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Dentistry(all)

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    Vallejos-Sánchez, A. A., Medina-Solís, C. E., Minaya-Sánchez, M., Villalobos-Rodelo, J. J., Márquez-Corona, M. L., Islas-Granillo, H., & Maupomé, G. (2012). Maternal characteristics and treatment needs as predictors of dental health services utilisation among Mexican school children. European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 13(4), 307-310.