Journal article

The Impact of Policy Modifiable Factors on Inequalities in Rates of Child Dental Caries in Australia

Sharon Goldfeld, Kate Louise Francis, Monsurul Hoq, Loc Do, Elodie O'Connor, Fiona Mensah

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH | MDPI | Published : 2019

Abstract

Background: Poor oral health in childhood can lead to adverse impacts later in life. We aimed to estimate the prevalence and population distribution of childhood dental caries in Australia and investigate factors that might ameliorate inequalities. Methods: Data from the nationally representative birth cohort Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (N = 5107), using questions assessing: The experience of dental caries during each biennial follow-up period (2-3 years to 10-11 years), socioeconomic position (SEP), and policy modifiable oral health factors. Results: The odds of dental caries were higher for children with lowest vs. highest SEP (adjusted OR (adjOR) 1.92, 95% CI 1.49-2.46), and..

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Grants

Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded through an EPOCH grant. EPOCH was partly supported by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (J. McGrath OCO-79897, MOP-89886, MSH-95353; L. Seguin ROG-110537). Sharon Goldfeld is supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship 1155290, and Fiona Mensah is supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 1111160. Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program.