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Researchers Explore Oral Health of Underserved Pediatric Populations


The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded funding to University of Illinois Chicago researchers for a five-year program that will examine predictors of oral health behaviors and caries risk in low-income urban children. The Coordinated Oral Health Promotion (CO-OP) Chicago Cohort Study will collect data on caregiver-reported and observed pediatric oral health behaviors, dental plaque scores, diet, parenting styles, dental provider access, and social risk factors. Children will be evaluated for caries at ages 5 and 7. This new study builds off CO-OP Chicago’s previous study in which researchers developed an objective assessment for at-home toothbrushing behaviors of high-risk children age 3 and under. That effort also tested a community health worker intervention. This new round of study includes a partnership with Mobile Care Chicago and the University of California, San Francisco.

From Decisions in Dentistry. December 2021;7(11)7.

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