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Exploring child dental service use among migrant families in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia

Christian, B., Young, D., Gibbs, L., De Silva, A., Gold, L., Riggs, E., Calache, H., Tadic, M., Hall, M., Moore, L. and Waters, E. 2015, Exploring child dental service use among migrant families in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, Australian dental journal, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 200-204, doi: 10.1111/adj.12321.

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Title Exploring child dental service use among migrant families in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia
Author(s) Christian, B.
Young, D.
Gibbs, L.
De Silva, A.
Gold, L.ORCID iD for Gold, L. orcid.org/0000-0002-2733-900X
Riggs, E.
Calache, H.
Tadic, M.
Hall, M.
Moore, L.
Waters, E.
Journal name Australian dental journal
Volume number 60
Issue number 2
Start page 200
End page 204
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication North Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2015-06
ISSN 0045-0421
1834-7819
Keyword(s) Child
dental health services
human migration
oral health
preschool
Summary Abstract Background This study describes and explores factors related to dental service use among migrant children. Methods A cross-sectional analysis of baseline data from Teeth Tales, an exploratory trial implementing a community based child oral health promotion intervention. The sample size and target population was 600 families with 1-4 year old children from Iraqi, Lebanese and Pakistani backgrounds residing in metropolitan Melbourne. Participants were recruited into the study using purposive and snowball sampling techniques. Results Most (88%; 550/625) children had never visited the dentist (mean (SD) age 3.06 years (1.11)). In the fully adjusted model the variable most significantly associated with child dental visiting was parent reported 'no reason for child to visit the dentist' (OR = 0.07, p < 0.001). Of those children whose parents reported their child had no reason to visit the dentist, 22% (37/165) experienced dental caries with 8% (13/165) at the level of cavitation. Conclusions Dental service use by migrant preschool children was very low. The relationship between perceived dental need and dental service use is currently not aligned. One in 10 children of select migrant background had visited a dentist, which is in the context of 1 in 3 with dental caries. To improve utilization, health services should consider organizational cultural competence, outreach and increased engagement with the migrant community.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/adj.12321
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
140208 Health Economics
Socio Economic Objective 920402 Dental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID ARC LP100100223
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074886

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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