An examination of older immigrants' use of dental services in the United States.

TitleAn examination of older immigrants' use of dental services in the United States.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAnderson, CN, Kim, H
JournalJ Aging Soc Policy
Date Published2010 Jan
ISSN Number1545-0821
Call Numbernewpubs20100129_Anderson.pdf
KeywordsAge Factors, Aged, Dental Care for Aged, Educational Status, Emigrants and Immigrants, Female, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Insurance, Dental, Logistic Models, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Marital Status, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Sex Factors, Socioeconomic factors, United States

The recent influx of immigrants aged 65 and older in the United States triggers an increasing need to understand older immigrants' dental services use. This paper uses data (n = 9,617) from the 2004 and 2006 waves of the Health and Retirement Study to examine the dental services use of older Americans. In particular, this study focuses on differences in dental services use between immigrants and natives and potential contributing factors. Multivariate logistic regression analyses showed, contrary to expectation, that older immigrants were more likely to use dental services than older natives despite numerous barriers (odds ratio = 1.30 in 2004). The results in 2006 confirmed these findings. The results from 2004 and 2006 analyses showed dental insurance coverage, sex, and marital status were associated differently with dental services use for immigrants and natives. Implications for current oral health policies and future research of older Americans are discussed, as well as methods for meeting older immigrants' growing dental services needs.

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Alternate JournalJ Aging Soc Policy
Citation Key7435
PubMed ID20390710