Use of dental services by immigration status in the United States

Fernando A. Wilson, Yang Wang, Jim P. Stimpson, Kimberly K. McFarland, Karan P. Singh

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Background There is limited research with mixed findings comparing differences in oral health outcomes and the use of dental services by immigration status. The authors conducted a study by reviewing nationally representative data to describe differences in dental care among noncitizens, naturalized citizens, and US-born citizens in the United States. Methods The authors used nationally representative data from the 2008-2012 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to examine dental care for US-born citizens, naturalized citizens, and noncitizens 18 years and older. Total analytical sample size was 98,107 adults. They used multivariate logistic regression to model dental service use adjusting for confounding factors. Results Naturalized citizens and noncitizens were significantly less likely to have at least 1 dental visit within 12 months (39.5% and 23.1%, respectively) compared with US-born citizens (43.6%; P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-169.e4
JournalJournal of the American Dental Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dentistry(all)


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