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A cost analysis of an outreach school-based dental program: Teeth on Wheels

Nguyen, Tan Minh, Tonmukayakul, Utsana and Calache, Hanny 2021, A cost analysis of an outreach school-based dental program: Teeth on Wheels, Children, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.3390/children8020154.

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Title A cost analysis of an outreach school-based dental program: Teeth on Wheels
Author(s) Nguyen, Tan Minh
Tonmukayakul, UtsanaORCID iD for Tonmukayakul, Utsana orcid.org/0000-0002-6464-744X
Calache, HannyORCID iD for Calache, Hanny orcid.org/0000-0002-1613-0585
Journal name Children
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Article ID 154
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2021-02
ISSN 2227-9067
2227-9067
Keyword(s) health promotion
dental care for children
school health services
oral health
costs and cost analysis
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Pediatrics
Science & Technology
Summary Background: This study evaluated an outreach mobile dental service called Teeth on Wheels (TOW). The dental program targeted Australian children from low household income, who are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) in Victoria, Australia. The program is complemented with a school-based oral health promotion element. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was performed with a convenience sample. Children must have had at least three dental examinations during the 2016–2019 calendar years to be included in the study. Comparisons were made between the 2016–17 and 2018–19 calendar years. It was hypothesised that the program would result in reduced costs and the number of restorations and extractions in the latter period. Results: A total of 414 children were included in the analysis. The total mean costs of the program per child reduced from AU$605.3 in 2016–17 to AU$531.1 in 2018–19. The results showed an overall mean reduction in all restorations and extractions performed, but only statistical significance was noted for reductions of restored deciduous teeth. Conclusions: This outreach program, which is focused on prevention and minimally invasive dentistry, can be a promising alternative model of delivery for dental services in young children.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/children8020154
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30149303

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