Older Australian women's use of dentists: A longitudinal analysis over 6 years
Article first published online: 25 MAR 2010
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Australasian Journal on Ageing
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 14–20, March 2010
How to Cite
Sibbritt, D. W., Byles, J. E. and Tavener, M. A. (2010), Older Australian women's use of dentists: A longitudinal analysis over 6 years. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29: 14–20. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00396.x
- Issue published online: 25 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 25 MAR 2010
- longitudinal study;
- oral health;
Aim: To identify factors associated with dentist consultation by older Australian women.
Methods: Participants from the older cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health which originally involved 12 432 older women.
Results: The percentage of women who consulted a dentist in the years 1999, 2002 and 2005 were 35%, 36% and 37%, respectively. Women were more likely to consult with a dentist if they lived in urban areas (RR = 1.26; 95% CI: 1.21, 1.32), were non-smokers (RR = 1.38; 95% CI: 1.21, 157), did not have diabetes (RR = 1.16; 95% CI: 1.08, 1.25), had better physical health (RR = 1.02 (95% CI: 1.01, 1.02). Women were less likely to consult with a dentist if they found it difficult to live on their income (RR = 0.90; 95% CI: 085, 0.95).
Conclusion: Access to dentists, cost of consultations and poor health appear to be significant factors influencing visits to a dentist by older Australian women.