Economic impact of dental service utilization by older adults.

L. H. Meskin, J. Dillenberg, M. W. Heft, R. V. Katz, L. V. Martens

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A total of 747 general dental practitioners--in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, and Minnesota--responded to a questionnaire in 1988 by completing a detailed productivity report of patient services performed during a specified period. The results, based on 11,909 patient visits and 22,712 dental procedures, indicated that stereotypes of older adults as underutilizers of dental care are incorrect. This finding and others, detailed within this article, indicate that older adults make up a substantial portion of regular patients and that their utilization of dental services should increase throughout 1990.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-668
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Dental Association (1939)
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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