Factors associated with routine dental attendance among aboriginal Australians

Najith Amarasena, Kostas Kapellas, Michael R. Skilton, Louise J. Maple-Brown, Alex Brown, Mark Bartold, Kerin O’Dea, David Celermajer, Lisa M. Jamieson

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Objectives. To determine factors associated with routine dental attendance in Aboriginal Australians. Methods. Data of 271 Aboriginal adults residing in Australia’s Northern Territory were used. Routine dental attendance was defined as last visiting a dentist less than one year ago or visiting a dentist for a check-up. Both bivariate and multivariable analytical techniques were used. Results. While 27% visited a dentist in the past year, 29% of these visited for a check-up. In bivariate analysis, being female, low psychological distress, and low clinical attachment loss (CAL) were associated with visiting a dentist within last year. Being aged younger than 39 years, male, no oral health impairment, being caries-free, low CAL, and low apolipoprotein B were associated with visiting for a check-up. Clinical attachment loss remained associated with visiting a dentist less than one year ago while being younger than 39 years and having no oral health impairment remained associated with usually visiting for a check-up in multivariable analysis. Conclusions. Younger age, no oral health impairment, and low CAL were associated with routine dental attendance among Indigenous Australians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-80
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Feb 2016


  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Clinical attachment loss
  • Oral health impairment
  • Routine dental attendance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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