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GERODONTOLOGY 1970s and dentate status but no association was evidenced in this study. Many patients reported difficulty remembering their income at that time, which diminished the response rate. There was a strong negative correlation between patients who are currently employed full time and the behavior of only seeking dental care when absolutely necessary. Of those patients who are full time employees (n=24) 15 see a dentist once or twice a year, and 9 see a dentist only when there is a problem like pain. These data have implications for patients who may have dental benefits and/ or access to care but do not use dental services. In exploring the patients’ beliefs regarding the reasons that “most people lose their teeth”, both groups were likely to cite “soft teeth,” “no dentist available,” “not important to some people,” “poor brushing” and “lack of money.” There were no statistically significant differences between groups in this regard. Those individuals defining their teeth as “essential” evidenced positive associations with twice yearly dental visits, and also with once yearly dental visits. There was a negative correlation found between these patients and only seeing a dentist when there is a problem, and with only seeing a dentist when absolutely necessary. This study did not query patients regarding their gender, education, ethnicity or current income. It was done as a pilot project to determine feasibility for future research. This area of dental research holds promise: recently an exploration of oral health d