The association of individual characteristics and neighborhood poverty on the dental care of American adolescents

Journal of Public Health Dentistry , 05/07/2012

As hypothesized, neighborhood poverty predicted frequency of dental care in both studies. Even after accounting for individual level predictors such as household income, health insurance, and parental education, adolescents living in poor neighborhoods are less likely than their counterparts in non–poor neighborhoods to utilize dental care. The findings from this study indicate that neighborhoods influence dental care utilization patterns in adolescents.

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