Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 292-297

Utilization of dental care: An Indian outlook

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Rajpura, Punjab, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Punjab University Dental College, Chandigarh, Punjab, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Rajpura, Punjab, India
4 General Dentistry Department of Apollo Dental Clinic, Chandigarh, India

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Ramandeep Singh Gambhir
Gian Sagar Dental College, Rajpura, Punjab - 140 601
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-9668.116972

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Oral health has a significant impact on the quality of life, appearance, and self-esteem of the people. Preventive dental visits help in the early detection and treatment of oral diseases. Dental care utilization can be defined as the percentage of the population who access dental services over a specified period of time. There are reports that dental patients only visit the dentist when in pain and never bother to return for follow-up in most cases. To improve oral health outcomes an adequate knowledge of the way the individuals use health services and the factors predictive of this behavior is essential. The interest in developing models explaining the utilization of dental services has increased; issues like dental anxiety, price, income, the distance a person had to travel to get care, and preference for preservation of teeth are treated as barriers in regular dental care. Published materials which pertain to the use of dental services by Indian population have been reviewed and analyzed in depth in the present study. Dental surgeons and dental health workers have to play an adequate role in facilitating public enlightenment that people may appreciate the need for regular dental care and make adequate and proper use of the available dental care facilities.

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