Journal article

Gaps in smiles and services: a cross-sectional study of dental caries in refugee-background children.

Alicia Quach, Ingrid L Laemmle-Ruff, Tatiana Polizzi, Georgia A Paxton

BMC Oral Health | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Refugees are reported to experience high rates of dental disease, although there are limited data on refugee children. The aim of this study was to report on oral health in refugee-background children in Australia, and to assess their follow-up at dental services. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of opportunistic oral health screening and subsequent dental service use in refugee-background children attending a refugee health clinic in Victoria, Australia, between November 2006-November 2010. RESULTS: 350 patients (0-18 years, mean age 8 years 7 months) had oral health screening; 241 (68.9%) were born overseas, (176 Africa, 65 other countries) and 109 (31.1%) were born in Australia ..

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