Dental Visits by Australian preschool children

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Objective: To provide population-based data on dental visits in preschool children, to assist in the planning of such services and preventive programs.Methodology: Dental visits in young children are described and associated factors are investigated using data from the 1995 National Health Survey.Results: Thirty-eight per cent of children aged 3-4 years had ever visited a dental professional with 31% having visited a dental professional in the previous 12 months (total n = 1596). Factors associated with having ever visited a dental professional included age in years (chi(2) = 74.16, P < 0.0001), state of residence (&chi;(2) = 25.81, P = 0.0005) and private health insurance (&chi;(2) = 7.96, P = 0.005). Similar factors were associated with visits in last 12 months. Western Australia had the lowest proportion of preschool children aged 3-4 years having ever visited a dental professional (29%) while South Australia had the highest proportion (48%). The major reasons given for dental visits were check-up and fillings.Conclusion: Data regarding children not as likely to attend dental services can be used to target services and assist in ensuring preschool children receive appropriate dental care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-445
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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