270055 Variations in Use of Preventative Dental Services Among Diabetic US Adults, Evidence from the BRFSS, 2010

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Justice Mbizo, DrPH , School of Allied Health and Life Sciences, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Erica Holland, BA, MPHc , Master of Public Health Program, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Anthony Okafor, PhD , Mathematics and Statistics, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Objectives: Diabetes has been linked to a number of diseases including strokes and heart disease, and diabetes has also been linked to oral health. Prevention of diabetes related oral complications can be achieved through frequent use of dental health services, such as teeth cleaning which can ensure the preservation of teeth. This can further improve the self-esteem, nutritional intake, glucose metabolism, general health and overall quality of life. We examine variations in use of dental services, and identify systemic barriers to the use of dental health services by American diabetic adults. Methods: Data from the 2008 (n=47,402) and 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (n= 57,868) were weighted and analyzed using STATA 12 for Windows. Frequency distributions were generated for categorical variables. Cross-tabulations were performed to assess for associations between the covariates and dental services utilization. Multiple logistic regression models were also estimated. Results: Preliminary results suggest that, education, employment, income, overweight, cigarette smoking, general health status lack of exercise, race and ethnicity and age are significant predictors (p <0.05) of dental health services utilization. Conclusion: Use of dental health services among diabetes appears to be associated the income, general health status, age, and overweightness.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention

Learning Objectives:
Describe the magnitude of dental health problems among US diabetic adults Describe dental health services utilization patterns among diabetic US adults Discuss possible strategies to eliminate the barriers to dental health services experienced by diabetics.

Keywords: Chronic Diseases, Diabetes

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