Parental Perspectives on Barriers to Pediatric Oral Health Care: Associations with Children’s And Families’ Characteristics

Authors: Yunhan Zhao | Simona Surdu, MD, PhD | Margaret Langelier, MSHSA

Topics: Oral Health

Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research Center

March 21, 2023

Despite improvements in oral health care for children in recent years, poor pediatric oral health continues to be a serious health issue in the United States. To investigate this, a web-based survey was conducted with 1,745 parents/legal guardians regarding their children’s access to oral health services.

This article identifies barriers to needed dental care for children and examines factors contributing to differential experiences with those barriers. 

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