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MATOS, Divane Leite; LIMA-COSTA, Maria Fernanda F.; GUERRA, Henrique L.  and  MARCENES, Wagner. The Bambuí Project: a population-based study of factors associated with regular dental care in adults. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.17, n.3, pp. 661-668. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2001000300020.

A cross-sectional study was conducted in Bambuí, Minas Gerais, to identify factors associated with regular use of dental services. Participants were interviewed with a structured questionnaire and previously validated questions. 999/1,221 (81.8%) randomly selected individuals aged > 18 years participated in the Bambuí dental survey. Of these, 654 out of 656 individuals who had at least one natural tooth and had visited a dentist during their lifetime participated in the study. Results adjusted by multiple logistic regression showed that regular use of dental services was significantly related to having > 8 and 4-7 years of schooling (OR = 9.90; 95% CI = 2.90-33.77 and OR = 3.87; 95% CI = 1.11-13.51, respectively), having a preference for restorative treatment rather than extraction (OR = 4.91; 95% CI = 2.23-10.79), having no present need of dental treatment (OR = 4.87; 95% CI = 3.17-7.49), and belief that visiting the dentist prevents tooth decay and gum disease (OR = 1.73; 95% CI = 1.13-2.65). The results show that regular use of dental services was related to factors distributed in the Andersen and Newman model (1973) explaining use of dentistry services.

Keywords : Dentistry; Dental Care; Adult Health.

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