Dental Visits Among Smoking and Nonsmoking US Adults in 2000
Abstract:Objective: To examine dental visits among smoking and nonsmoking adults in a nationally representative sample. Methods: Logistic regression analysis was performed, using a sample of 15,250 US adults from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component 2000. Results: Current smokers were less likely to report dental visits (32.9%) than were nonsmokers (45.0%) during 2000. Differences were statistically significant even after accounting for other predictors of dental care use. Conclusions: Efforts to optimize the oral health of smokers and reduce serious oral diseases may benefit from addressing this lower use of dental services among smokers.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Health Research Analyst 4, NIDCR/CDC Data Resource Center, Rockville, MD 2: Department of Health Promotion and Policy, Health Services Research Program, University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, Baltimore, MD 3: NIDCR/CDC Data Resource Center, Rockville, MD 4: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 5: Health Services Research Division, Department of Health Promotion and Policy, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Publication date: September 1, 2005
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