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Cognitive function and dental care utilization among community-dwelling older adults.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Wu, B; Plassman, BL; Liang, J; Wei, L
Published in: Am J Public Health
December 2007

OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate the relationship between varying levels of cognitive function and dental care utilization. METHODS: Using data obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2002), we performed weighted descriptive and multivariate logistic regression analyses on 1984 individuals with at least 1 tooth and who were 60 years and older. RESULTS: Multivariate analyses suggested that level of cognitive function was associated with dental care utilization. At a higher level of cognitive functioning, individuals were more likely to have had more frequent dental visits. In addition, a higher level of socioeconomic status, healthy lifestyle, and worse self-rated oral health-related symptoms were more likely to indicate a higher frequency of dental care utilization. By contrast, poorer oral health status as determined by clinical examinations was negatively associated with frequency of dental visits. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that community-dwelling older adults with low cognitive function are at risk for less frequent use of dental care. Oral health serves as a mediating factor between cognitive function and dental care utilization. There is a great need to improve oral health awareness and education among older adults, caregivers, and health care professionals.

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Am J Public Health

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1541-0048

Publication Date

December 2007

Volume

97

Issue

12

Start / End Page

2216 / 2221

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Risk Factors
  • Public Health
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Logistic Models
  • Humans
  • Health Promotion
  • Female
 

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Wu, B., Plassman, B. L., Liang, J., & Wei, L. (2007). Cognitive function and dental care utilization among community-dwelling older adults. Am J Public Health, 97(12), 2216–2221. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2007.109934
Wu, Bei, Brenda L. Plassman, Jersey Liang, and Liang Wei. “Cognitive function and dental care utilization among community-dwelling older adults.Am J Public Health 97, no. 12 (December 2007): 2216–21. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2007.109934.
Wu B, Plassman BL, Liang J, Wei L. Cognitive function and dental care utilization among community-dwelling older adults. Am J Public Health. 2007 Dec;97(12):2216–21.
Wu, Bei, et al. “Cognitive function and dental care utilization among community-dwelling older adults.Am J Public Health, vol. 97, no. 12, Dec. 2007, pp. 2216–21. Pubmed, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2007.109934.
Wu B, Plassman BL, Liang J, Wei L. Cognitive function and dental care utilization among community-dwelling older adults. Am J Public Health. 2007 Dec;97(12):2216–2221.

Published In

Am J Public Health

DOI

EISSN

1541-0048

Publication Date

December 2007

Volume

97

Issue

12

Start / End Page

2216 / 2221

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Risk Factors
  • Public Health
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Logistic Models
  • Humans
  • Health Promotion
  • Female