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CURI, Davi Silva Carvalho; FIGUEIREDO, Andreia Cristina Leal  and  JAMELLI, Silvia Regina. Factors associated with the utilization of dental health services by the pediatric population: an integrative review. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2018, vol.23, n.5, pp.1561-1576. ISSN 1678-4561.

This integrative literature review aimed to analyze studies about factors associated with the utilization of dental health services by the pediatric population between zero and 15 years old, published between 2006 and 2016 and available in Portuguese, English or Spanish. A survey of articles in the Lilacs and Medline databases was carried out, using the search strategy: (“dental care/utilization” OR “dental health services/utilization”) AND (“child” OR “child, preschool”) AND NOT adult. To analyze the methodological quality, the adapted Critical Appraisal Skill Programme (CASP) and the Agency for Healthcare and Research and Quality (AHRQ) were used. The following predictors of use of dental health services stood out: factors associated with children or adolescents (age, frequency of tooth brushing, chronic conditions), caregivers (schooling, perception of child's dental health, perceived oral health needs), dentists (availability at night and on the weekends) and follow up of oral health by the family health team. These are inherent factors for the planning of oral health policies or programs for the pediatric population. However, these factors vary according to the context, and therefore, a contextual analysis should be conducted.

Keywords : Health services accessibility; Dental health services; Child; Adolescent.

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