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BMC Public Health. 2010 Feb 18;10:76. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-76.

Children's tooth decay in a public health program to encourage low-income pregnant women to utilize dental care.

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Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. dfrc@u.washington.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A community-based public health program to provide a dental home for women covered by the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) in Klamath County, Oregon USA was instituted with the long-term goal to promote preventive oral care for both mothers and their new infants provided by dental managed care companies.

METHODS:

As part of the evaluation of the program, children in Klamath and comparable non-program counties were examined in their 2nd year of life to begin to determine if benefits accrued to the offspring of the mothers in Klamath County.

RESULTS:

Eighty-five and 58.9% of the children were caries free in the Klamath and comparison county samples, respectively (RR = 1.48, 95% CI 1.13, 1.93). The mean (SD) number of teeth with any decay was .75 (2.5) in the test population and 1.6 (2.5) in the comparison population (t = 2.08, p = .04).

CONCLUSIONS:

The assessment showed that children of mothers in the Klamath County program were about one and a half times more likely to be caries free than children in the comparison counties. Additional controlled studies are being undertaken.

PMID:
20163743
PMCID:
PMC2830171
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2458-10-76
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