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Dental Care Coverage and Use: Modeling Limitations and Opportunities

Ian Kreher

Richard Manski, DDS, MBA,PhD; John Moeller, PhD, and Haiyan Chen, MD, PhD

This paper support previous studies that show dental insurance is an important factor in the decision to seek and use dental services. Using data from the 2008 Health and Retirement Study to analyze the influence of personal characteristics of older adults with and without dental care coverage and dental care use. Compared to persons with no coverage and no dental care use, users of dental care with coverage were more likely to be younger, female, wealthier, college graduates, married in excellent or very good oral health and not missing all their permanent teeth. Policy implications of these findings show that providing dental care coverage to an uninsured older population previously without dental care use may encourage them to seek dental services.

Source: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301693