Regional disparities and resources used in dental health care among children in China

Academic Article


  • Aim: This study examined the disparities in dental health and resources used in dental care among children in different economic regions, urban and rural areas of mainland China. Design: Data used were the Chinese National Third Oral Epidemiology Survey and dentist density, disposable income data from Statistics Year Book of Health Ministry of China. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to adjust for confounders. Results: Children who were from the western part of China were less likely to have had a dental visit within last 1 year (aOR: 0.79; 95%CLs: 0.72, 0.87), and lower filling rates (aOR: 0.44; 95%CLs: 0.37, 0.53) than the children who were from eastern China. The children who were from rural areas were less likely to have filling services (aOR: 0.43; 95%CLs: 0.29, 0.64) when they had caries. The children who were from higher dentist density areas (aOR: 1.71; 95%CLs: 1.47, 1.98) and higher disposable income areas (aOR: 1.69; 95%CLs: 1.29, 2.22) were more likely to have had a dentist visit within the last year. Of the total survey population, 56.8% of children had never visited a dentist. Conclusion: The total dental care potential for Chinese children was underused. The children who were in the 5-year-old group, in western China, rural areas, low dentist density areas and low income areas were less likely to have had dental care services.
  • Authors


  • Children Dental Health; Disparities of dental health; Public dental health
  • Author List

  • Qu X; Houser SH
  • Start Page

  • 133
  • End Page

  • 133
  • Volume

  • 25
  • Issue

  • Suppl. 1