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Statewide Policy Change in Pediatric Dental Care, and the Impact on Pediatric Dental and Physician Visits (Maternal and Child Health Journal)

Publication Topics

California Health Interview Survey; 2005 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2005); 2007 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2007); 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2009); Adolescents/Children; Oral Health

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CHIS Journal Article

Publication Date

2017-07-24T07:00:00Z

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Abstract

​In 2007, California signed legislation mandating a dental visit for all children entering kindergarten or first grade; no such mandate was made for physician visits. This study examines the impact of this policy change on the risk factors associated with obtaining pediatric dental and physician health care visits.

Every two years, California Health Interview Survey conducts a statewide survey on a representative community sample. This cross-sectional study took advantage of these data to conduct a "natural experiment" assessing the impact of this policy change on both pediatric physician and dental care visits in the past year. Samples included surveys of adults and children on years 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Although few changes in risk factors were noted in pediatric physician visits, a gradual decrease in risk factors was found in pediatric dental visits from 2005 to 2009. Report of no dental visit was less likely for: younger children, insured children, and children who had a physician's visit in 2005. By 2007, absence of insurance was the only risk factor related to having no dental visit. By 2009, no a priori measured risk factors were associated with not having a dental visit for children aged 5–11 years.
 
A statewide policy mandating pediatric dental visits appears to have reduced disparities. A policy for medical care may contribute to similar benefits.

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