A retrospective review of children's oral health outcomes from school-based dental programs in hudson, New York
Methods: A team of NYUCD dentists visited the SBHC-Ds four times per year to offer preventive services and comprehensive dental treatment to all children in two schools using portable dental equipment. Data were gathered retrospectively via chart review.
Results: A total of 568 children utilized the SBHC-D at least once over the course of the three-year program, ranging from one to 11 dental visits. Overall caries prevalence was 23 percent at baseline versus 7 percent at the final SBHC-D visit. In each full academic year, there was no significant difference in caries incidence among children with three or more dental visits when compared with two visits (Year 1: OR= -0.231, 95%CI 0.609-1.034; Year 2: OR=0.99, 95%CI 0.880-1.387), regardless of baseline caries status.
Conclusion: While overall caries prevalence decreased, the number of patient visits per child per year had no significant effect on the likelihood that a child would develop new decay. Children with fewer dental visits in a year were not more likely to have decay than their counterparts with more dental visits, but the SBHC-D increased regular access to dental services.
Learning Areas:Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Evaluate whether the number of dental visits per year affects the incidence of new caries for children
Keyword(s): Oral Health Outcomes, Access to Care
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the director of multiple children's school-based dental programs in the USA and a co-investigator on a national preventive oral health intervention for 26,000 children in Grenada. I was a member of the research team that coordinated the study being presented.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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