Researchers Find Nonwhite Children Are More Likely to Be Mistreated at the Dentist

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According to a new study led by scholars at the University of California Irvine, children from non-White families or those from low-income households are more likely than their White, affluent peers to experience negative incidents at the dentist such as being physically restrained, separated from their caregivers, or sedated without consent. There has been previous research on childhood dental care that has focused on structural issues, such as insurance coverage, Medicaid availability, transportation challenges, and parent knowledge. This study is unique in that it looks at the role that den...

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