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BMC Oral Health

, 14:127

Delivery, management and promotion of oral health and dental care


BackgroundThe aims of this study are to assess the influences of demographic and personal factors on Jordanian adults’ abilities to use dental services and the barriers to regular attendance.

MethodsA self-administered questionnaire was distributed to a sample of 650 Jordanian adults attending King Abdullah University Hospital KAUH n = 200, Jordan University of Science and Technology–Dental Health Teaching Center JUST–DHTC n = 150, Yarmouk University Health Clinics YUHC n = 150, and United Nations Relief and Works Agency UNRWA clinics n = 150. 614 questionnaires were completed. Statistical Package for Social Sciences SPSS was used to analyze data, generate descriptive statistics and perform multiple logistic regressions. The level of significance was set at α = 0.05.

ResultsApproximately 93% of participants were dental services users. 89% were irregular users, while only 11% were regular users. The main reasons given for not visiting dental offices regularly were lack of time 39.2%, cost of treatment 26.9%, treatment not needed 22.2%, and fear of dentists 15.1%. Only 6.7% of respondents stated that they had never visited a dentist, while more than half 56.1% reported the lack of need for dental treatment as a major reason for not using dental services. Restorative therapy was the most frequently sought treatment 61.6%, while periodontal treatment was the least frequently sought 14.1%. Although respondents who were married and-or those having missing teeth were significantly more likely to use dental services, respondents who were single were more likely to be regular attendees.

ConclusionThe overwhelming majority of adults were irregular attendees. Time and cost constraints, lack of need for treatment, and fear of dentists were reported as major barriers to regular attendance. The study findings call for planning of educational and promotional programs to increase Jordanians’ awareness of and regular use of available dental services to maintain health, which will be both socially and economically beneficial.

KeywordsDental care access Regular dental attendance Barriers Adults Survey Jordan  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Suhair Ref’at Obeidat - Amani Ghassan Alsa’di - Dafi Sultan Taani

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