Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 17, issue 1, P111-123 2006 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2006.0005 View full text
Lisa Gaarde Hartsock, Margruetta B. Hall, Angela M. Connor

Abstract: Dental decay is one of the nation's most common childhood diseases and the rate of decay for low-income children in North Carolina is nearly double that of children living above the poverty line. A number of factors impede the utilization of dental services by children; these factors can be grouped into three broad categories: patient factors, provider factors (including availability and provider willingness to provide treatment that is often difficult and time consuming) and payor factors. Addressing the dent…

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