Journal article

Dental health in rural Victoria: the Crossroads Household Survey

D Simmons, K Culliney, G Joshy, A McKenzie, M Morgan

AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL | AUSTRALIAN DENTAL ASSN INC | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to describe dental health and perceived barriers to dental care in a regional centre and surrounding smaller towns in rural Victoria. METHODS: A stratified, randomized, face-to-face household survey was undertaken to assess levels of edentulism and access to oral health services. A study response rate of 70.3 per cent (6316/9260) was achieved. RESULTS: When compared with those in the regional centre, people living in the shire capitals were more likely to travel greater distances to see a dentist and were less likely to have seen a dentist within the past 12 months. While there was little difference in the edentulous proportion living in shire capitals..

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