SDOH = Social Determinants of Oral Health

By Staff Reporters



Social determinants of oral health and tooth loss

A study led by investigators at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine suggested that “machine-learning algorithm models incorporating socioeconomic characteristics were better at predicting tooth loss than those relying on routine clinical dental indicators alone.”


Furthermore, new research reported that

  • adults living in urban areas visited the dentist more than those in rural areas
  • women were more likely than men to visit the dentist in both rural and urban areas
  • the number of adult dental visits increased as family income increased
  • non-Hispanic white adults were more likely than Hispanic and non-Hispanic black adults to have a dental visit in urban areas.

Therefore, it is important to consider how disparities in access to and use of dental care impact not only tooth loss but also oral and overall health.



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