Factors associated with self-reported use of oral health services among older Melbournians: Brief Report

Rodrigo Marino, Colette Joy Browning, Hal Kending

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    Objectives: This paper discusses the utilisation of oral health-care services by older adults in Melbourne, Australia, and factors associated with their use. Methods: The study involved 993 older adults who participated in the Melbourne Longitudinal Studies on Healthy Ageing baseline data collection. Results: Nearly 38 of respondents had used oral health services in the previous year. Another 4 had not visited a dentist for more than 5 years. Recent use of dental services was associated with five predictors: higher level of education, non-pension sources of income, lower age, more social support and higher levels of depression. Conclusion: This study provides important information about dental utilisation by older Melbournians. Lack of information on dentition status, and type of dental visits limits the interpretation of the data, highlighting the need to collect relevant information that would inform the design of longitudinal studies aimed at determining predictors of use of oral health services by older Australians.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)141 - 144
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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