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Is there homogeneity in periodontal health between African Americans and Mexican Americans?
Ethn Dis. 2002 Winter; 12(1):97-110.ED

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

This study identified and contrasted prevalence and predictors of periodontitis among African Americans, Mexican Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites in the US adult population.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional study. This study compared those with and without periodontitis in each racial/ethnic group.

METHODS

This study was limited to records of US African-American, Mexican-American, and non-Hispanic White adults at least 17 years of age who received a complete periodontal assessment as part of the dental examination in the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988-1994).

RESULTS

Despite the findings that Mexican Americans were less educated, poorer, and had less insurance coverage than African Americans, Mexican Americans had a similar prevalence of periodontitis as non-Hispanic Whites. African Americans had the highest prevalence among all groups. A similar scenario was observed in the multiple logistic analyses.

CONCLUSIONS

Mexican Americans had periodontal health profiles closer to non-Hispanic Whites than did African Americans, despite the shared "minority" status. Public health research and practice should explicitly recognize that while "minorities" are considered a homogeneous group, they do not necessarily share the same health profiles.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. lnb2@columbia.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11913613

Citation

Borrell, Luisa N., et al. "Is There Homogeneity in Periodontal Health Between African Americans and Mexican Americans?" Ethnicity & Disease, vol. 12, no. 1, 2002, pp. 97-110.
Borrell LN, Lynch J, Neighbors H, et al. Is there homogeneity in periodontal health between African Americans and Mexican Americans? Ethn Dis. 2002;12(1):97-110.
Borrell, L. N., Lynch, J., Neighbors, H., Burt, B. A., & Gillespie, B. W. (2002). Is there homogeneity in periodontal health between African Americans and Mexican Americans? Ethnicity & Disease, 12(1), 97-110.
Borrell LN, et al. Is There Homogeneity in Periodontal Health Between African Americans and Mexican Americans. Ethn Dis. 2002;12(1):97-110. PubMed PMID: 11913613.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Is there homogeneity in periodontal health between African Americans and Mexican Americans? AU - Borrell,Luisa N, AU - Lynch,John, AU - Neighbors,Harold, AU - Burt,Brian A, AU - Gillespie,Brenda W, PY - 2002/3/27/pubmed PY - 2002/8/31/medline PY - 2002/3/27/entrez SP - 97 EP - 110 JF - Ethnicity & disease JO - Ethn Dis VL - 12 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVES: This study identified and contrasted prevalence and predictors of periodontitis among African Americans, Mexican Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites in the US adult population. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. This study compared those with and without periodontitis in each racial/ethnic group. METHODS: This study was limited to records of US African-American, Mexican-American, and non-Hispanic White adults at least 17 years of age who received a complete periodontal assessment as part of the dental examination in the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988-1994). RESULTS: Despite the findings that Mexican Americans were less educated, poorer, and had less insurance coverage than African Americans, Mexican Americans had a similar prevalence of periodontitis as non-Hispanic Whites. African Americans had the highest prevalence among all groups. A similar scenario was observed in the multiple logistic analyses. CONCLUSIONS: Mexican Americans had periodontal health profiles closer to non-Hispanic Whites than did African Americans, despite the shared "minority" status. Public health research and practice should explicitly recognize that while "minorities" are considered a homogeneous group, they do not necessarily share the same health profiles. SN - 1049-510X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11913613/Is_there_homogeneity_in_periodontal_health_between_African_Americans_and_Mexican_Americans L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/dentalhealth.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -