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Dental care utilization among older adults with cognitive impairment in the USA.

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Lee, KH; Wu, B; Plassman, BL
Published in: Geriatr Gerontol Int
March 2015

AIM: We examined the relationship between cognitive impairment and dental care utilization among older adults in the USA. METHODS: A total of 329 older adults aged 70 years and older in West Virginia, USA, were included in the present analyses. We carried out multivariate ordinal regression analyses. RESULTS: Individuals with dementia were less likely to visit a dentist regularly, and more time had passed since their last dental visit compared with individuals with normal cognitive function. However, the pattern of dental care utilization for those with cognitive impairment, not dementia did not differ from individuals with normal cognition. A perceived greater social network and having dental insurance were associated with increased dental care utilization. CONCLUSIONS: Less dental care utilization might contribute to the oral health problems often observed among individuals with dementia. Efforts to increase the use of dental care should include cost-effective options for dental insurance. In addition, educating formal and informal caregivers on the importance of dental care might be beneficial, as these individuals are in the best position to facilitate dental care for individuals with dementia.

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Geriatr Gerontol Int

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EISSN

1447-0594

Publication Date

March 2015

Volume

15

Issue

3

Start / End Page

255 / 260

Location

Japan

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Risk Factors
  • Oral Health
  • Morbidity
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Health Promotion
  • Gerontology
  • Female
  • Dental Care for Aged
 

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Lee, K. H., Wu, B., & Plassman, B. L. (2015). Dental care utilization among older adults with cognitive impairment in the USA. Geriatr Gerontol Int, 15(3), 255–260. https://doi.org/10.1111/ggi.12264
Lee, Kyung Hee, Bei Wu, and Brenda L. Plassman. “Dental care utilization among older adults with cognitive impairment in the USA.Geriatr Gerontol Int 15, no. 3 (March 2015): 255–60. https://doi.org/10.1111/ggi.12264.
Lee KH, Wu B, Plassman BL. Dental care utilization among older adults with cognitive impairment in the USA. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2015 Mar;15(3):255–60.
Lee, Kyung Hee, et al. “Dental care utilization among older adults with cognitive impairment in the USA.Geriatr Gerontol Int, vol. 15, no. 3, Mar. 2015, pp. 255–60. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/ggi.12264.
Lee KH, Wu B, Plassman BL. Dental care utilization among older adults with cognitive impairment in the USA. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2015 Mar;15(3):255–260.
Journal cover image

Published In

Geriatr Gerontol Int

DOI

EISSN

1447-0594

Publication Date

March 2015

Volume

15

Issue

3

Start / End Page

255 / 260

Location

Japan

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Risk Factors
  • Oral Health
  • Morbidity
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Health Promotion
  • Gerontology
  • Female
  • Dental Care for Aged