Timing of First Dental Checkup for Newly Medicaid-Enrolled Children With an Intellectual or Developmental Disability

Chi, D.L.; Momany, E.T.; Jones, M.P.; Kuthy, R.A.; Damiano, P.C.
02/2012

Abstract

We compared the extent to which having an intellectual or developmenetal disability was associated with rates at which Iowa Medicaid-enrolled children ages 3 to 8 had first dental checkups after an initial dental examination. We hypothesized that these children would have later first dental checkups than would children without an intellectual or developmental disability. Findings suggest no significant difference in the time to first dental checkup for children by intellectual or developmental disability status. Those who took over 12 months to see a dentist for their initial dental examination were 1.68 times as likely to have an earlier first dental checkup as children whose initial dental examination occurred within 4 months of being enrolled. Results suggest that having an intellectual or developmental disability is not associated with later first dental checkups for this population.