Reducing potentially preventable dental hospitalizations of young children: A community-level analysis.
JG Rogers, GG Adams, FAC Wright, K Roberts-Thomson, MV Morgan
JDR Clinical and Translational Research | SAGE Publications (UK and US) | Published : 2018
An increasing number of Australians are being admitted to hospitals and day procedure centers to have dental treatment under a dental general anesthetic (DGA). Children younger than 2 y are having DGAs. These operations are costly and, although there have been improvements in safety, are not without risk. Most DGAs in children are to treat dental caries and have been defined as potentially preventable dental hospitalizations (PPDHs). This article reports on an analysis of the impact of access to community water fluoridation (CWF), availability of oral health professionals (OHPs), and socioeconomic status (SES) on PPDHs of 0- to 4-y-olds in 2012–2013 in Victoria, Australia. Data on these vari..View full abstract