An examination of the dental utilization practices of adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the childhood cancer survivor study

Mark W. Yeazel, James G. Gurney, Kevin C. Oeffinger, Pauline A. Mitby, Ann C. Mertens, Melissa M. Hudson, Leslie L. Robison

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Abstract

Objectives: This study characterized the self-reported dental utilization practice of long-term survivors of childhood cancer, a group at increased risk for treatment-induced dental abnormalities. Methods: 9,434 survivors and a comparison group of 3,858 siblings completed a 289-item survey that included a question on when their last dental visit occurred. Results: Within the last year 60.4 percent of survivors reported a dental visit. The groups less likely to report a recent dental visit include minority subjects, subjects with low levels of educational attainment, subjects with annual household incomes <$20,000, and those without health insurance. No significant differences between survivors and siblings were seen. Male survivors exposed to cranial radiation were slightly more likely than other male survivors to report a recent dental visit (OR=1.27, 95% CI=1.12, 1.44). Conclusions: The dental utilization practices among survivors of childhood cancer are below recommended levels, even among those at highest risk for dental abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Public Health Dentistry
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Dental care/utilization
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Neoplasms
  • Questionnaire
  • Survivors

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