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Oral Healthcare Inequities: Nationally Representative Trends From COVID-19

2022 AADOCR/CADR Annunal Meeting

The 51st Annual Meeting of the AADOCR was held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, from March 14-26 as a hybrid experience with 839 individuals from 18 countries attending in person in Atlanta, GA and 692 individuals from 21 countries attending virtually. 

The recordings in this library from the meeting are a selection of the science that was to be presented as part of the Annual Meeting. These recordings give you the opportunity to participate in the meeting and hear from leading researchers. The recordings include IADR Distinguished Lecture Series speakers and symposia from a collection of scientific groups and networks.

This session can be purchased as part of the full meeting recordings within the product bundles

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Session Description 
Access to oral healthcare and dental treatment-seeking are multifactorial and can change over time due to intrinsic and extrinsic factors. CareQuest Institute for Oral Health conducted two nationally representative survey of 5,000 people one year apart in 2021 and 2022 to measure United States adults’ attitudes and experiences with oral health and oral healthcare, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. This timeframe provides a unique opportunity to examine factors related to dental utilization and factors that facilitate and hamper access to oral healthcare. In these analyses, we examine patterns and trends in attitudes towards dental care, dental care utilization, and sociodemographic factors that are associated with attitudes and access to care. Panelists will present findings on overall patterns found in the data regarding oral healthcare inequities, dental-seeking behavior in relation to general dental fear and fear of COVID-19 exposure, and respondents’ perceptions of and trust in their oral healthcare providers. Discussion will focus on intrinsic and extrinsic barriers and opportunities to seeking oral healthcare, and the role oral healthcare providers play in facilitating patients’ trust in the oral healthcare system and in healthcare overall.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe oral healthcare inequities from a nationally representative sample, with special attention paid to barriers to access to oral healthcare related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Describe factors associated with avoidance of dental care, particularly in relation to dental fear and fear of COVID-19 exposure in the dental setting.
  • Discuss factors that contribute to and detract from trust in oral healthcare providers, and how providers can enhance trust for their patients and for the public overall.
Presentation Date
March 26, 2022

Adrianna Sonnek - Oral healthcare inequities during the COVID-19 pandemic
Lisa Heaton - Dental fear, fear of COVID-19 exposure, and dental treatment-seeking
Sarah Raskin - Barriers to and facilitators of dentist-patient relationships: the role of trust

Sponsoring Groups/Networks
Behavioral, Epidemiologic, and Health Services Research, Women in Science Network

CE Credits
1.5 Contact Hours

Financial Interest Disclosure:
Eric Tranby, Abigail Kelly, and Lisa Heaton are all full-time employees of CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

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