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Edentulism in High Poverty Rural Counties
Article first published online: 22 OCT 2012
© 2012 National Rural Health Association
The Journal of Rural Health
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 30–38, Winter 2013
How to Cite
Mitchell, J., Bennett, K. and Brock-Martin, A. (2013), Edentulism in High Poverty Rural Counties. The Journal of Rural Health, 29: 30–38. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2012.00440.x
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 22 OCT 2012
- health disparities;
- health services research;
- oral health;
Purpose: To examine the differences in oral health status among residents of high-poverty counties, as compared to residents of other rural or urban counties, specifically on the prevalence of edentulism.
Methods: We used the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the 2006 Area Resource File (ARF). All analyses were conducted with SAS and SAS-callable SUDAAN, in order to account for weighting and the complex sample design.
Findings: Characteristics significantly related to edentulism include: geographic location, gender, race, age, health status, employment, insurance, not having a usual source of care, education, marital status, presence of chronic disease, having an English interview, not deferring care due to cost, income, and dentist saturation within the county.
Conclusions: Significant associations between high-poverty rural and other rural counties and edentulism were found, and other socioeconomic and health status indicators remain strong predictors of edentulism.