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Minority and Low Income Groups Less Likely To Visit The Dentist

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Access to Dental Care

A new ASU study adds to a growing body of work that suggests that disparity in access to dental health care still exists for minorities and lower income groups in the United States.

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Results of the study, presented Aug. 13 at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in Philadelphia, Penn., show that blacks, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics are less likely to seek dental care than non-Hispanic whites.

The study presents a description of the pattern of dental health care use over time, and provides a more representative sample of racial and ethnic minorities than previous work.

Data for the longitudinal study was obtained from the 1999