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Arrow BulletChildren's Dental Health 2003 - Access to Dental Care - Chapter Four

  • It is less likely that dental diseases will progress to urgent conditions where access to oral health care is available. Therefore, the presence of urgent conditions indicates delay in seeking treatment.
  • Overall, 12% of Peel children had urgent dental conditions.
  • The prevalence of urgent conditions was higher in Brampton and Mississauga than in Caledon.
  • The prevalence of urgent conditions was higher among younger children.
  • The use of fissure sealants - plastic coatings placed on the tooth surfaces - is effective in preventing dental caries and a good indicator of access to dental care services.
  • Use of pit and fissure sealants is not widespread in Peel as only 14% of the children had sealants placed on their teeth. Sealant use was significantly higher in Caledon than in Brampton and Mississauga.
  • The proportion of children who have had all their teeth with dental caries restored (filled) without losing any can be used to assess relative access to caries treatment.
  • Among Peel children who have had dental caries, 55% had all the cavities filled.
  • Although not statistically significant, the proportion of children having all cavities filled was higher in Caledon than in Brampton or Mississauga.

Chapter Four - Access to Dental Care (PDF file 492 KB)

Chapter One

Dental Diseases in Children

Chapter Two

Risk Factors for Dental Disease

Chapter Three

Fluorides in Caries Prevention

Chapter Four

Access to Dental Care
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