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Methods: A cross-sectional survey was administered to a convenience sample of 21- to 45-year-old women (n = 187) visiting a large urban academic health center in Virginia.”
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Results: More than half of the women reported private insurance (52.4%), 40.3% reported Medicaid, and 8.3% reported being uninsured. Medicaid-enrolled women reported a lower prevalence of a routine dental checkup in the past year (44% vs. 71%, p = 0.002), lower knowledge scores (2.9 vs. 3.6, p< 0.001), and more barriers to accessing dental care during pregnancy compared with privately insured women. One in every three Medicaid-enrolled women (34%) was unaware of the Medicaid pregnancy dental benefit. Benefit awareness was associated with the receipt of health information from a health care source (p = 0.030) and a high oral health knowledge score (p = 0.018). Conclusions: There was a significant gap in dental care use and knowledge between Medicaid-enrolled and private-insured women in our study sample.”
According to the news editors, the research concluded: “Targeted programs should be developed to educate women about the importance of oral health and share information about available Medicaid dental coverage to reduce barriers to dental care during pregnancy.
This research has been peer-reviewed.
For more information on this research see: Oral Health Knowledge, Barriers To Dental Care, and Awareness of a Medicaid Pregnancy Dental Coverage Among Reproductive-age Women.
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