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OBJECTIVE This article estimates the financial impact of a ban on amalgam restorations for selected population groups: the entire population, children, and children and women of childbearing age. METHODS Using claim and enrollment data from Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana and the American Dental Association Survey of Dental Services Rendered,(More)
INTRODUCTION In this article, we describe recent trends in the age of patients receiving orthodontic services and look at how expenditures for these services are related to patient age and income level. METHODS These findings are based on 3 national health expenditure surveys sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research conducted in 1987,(More)
BACKGROUND This article is the second in a series of three that focus on recent changes in the caries status of children and adolescents in the United States. METHODS This study is based on analyses of data regarding untreated carious primary teeth among children 2 to 10 years of age from the first and third National Health and Nutrition Examination(More)
BACKGROUND This article is the last in a series of three that focuses on recent changes in the caries status of children aged 18 years or younger in the United States. METHODS This study is based on analyses of data regarding total carious (treated and untreated) permanent and primary teeth among children 6 to 18 years old and children 2 to 10 years old(More)
BACKGROUND This article focuses on changes in the caries status of adults 18 to 45 years old in the United States during the periods of 1971-1974 (the First National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, or NHANES I) and 1988-1994 (the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, or NHANES III). METHODS Using data from NHANES I and NHANES(More)
BACKGROUND Dental care utilization is the percentage of the population who access dental services over a specified period. In this article, the authors report on the results of several dental care utilization studies. METHODS To date, dental utilization data have been gathered by large national studies via telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews or(More)
This article examines the impact of financial trends in state-supported dental schools on full-time clinical faculty; the diversity of dental students and their career choices; investments in physical facilities; and the place of dentistry in research universities. The findings of our study are the following: the number of students per full-time clinical(More)
BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW Using data from various American Dental Association projects (Distribution of Dentists Survey, the Survey of Dental Practice, the Dental Workforce Model, and the Survey of Predoctoral Dental Educational Institutions), the authors analyzed trends and projections for the dental work force. The article presents work-force projections(More)
Data from the 1985-1986 National Survey of Oral Health in U.S. Adults and Seniors showed that the oral health of Hispanic American adults and seniors was comparable to that of black adults and seniors. White adults and seniors had better oral health than their minority counterparts for all measures observed and were better able to afford dental care.
BACKGROUND This article describes recent trends in dental visits and private dental insurance in the United States. METHODS This study is based on the analyses of data regarding dental visits and private dental insurance among the population 2 years of age or older from the 1989 and 1999 National Health Interview Surveys. RESULTS Overall, the percentage(More)