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The MAYA Project: Mother and Youth Access Program

Principal Investigator: Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, MS, MPH

Brief summary:
The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of a new approach for preventing and managing dental decay in infants and toddlers. Pregnant women, mothers and their new babies will be targeted for pro-active counseling and oral health preventative services. The women and their young children will be randomly divided into several groups, with each group given different treatments to prevent dental decay from developing. The study will take place in southern California at the U.S.-Mexican border, a traditionally underserved area with widespread poverty. The doctors conducting the study want to learn the most effective way to prevent dental problems in an underserved population of predominantly migrant and Hispanic families.

Study Phase:
Phase III

Study Type:

Study Design:
Randomized clinical trial

Name of Disease or condition:
Early Childhood Caries

Categorization of the intervention type:

Interventions tested:
- Case Management
- Counseling to all
- Mothers - Chlorhexidine mouthrinse
- Children - Fluoride varnish Duraphat® (Colgate)

Inclusion criteria:
Age (minimum, maximum):
- Mothers - No restrictions
- New born babies - 0-3yrs
No restriction

Minority Status:
No restriction, but most children are Hispanic

Healthy pregnant women, Geographic stability

Project Status:
Enrollment Completed

Study Contact Information:

Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez
Principal Investigator
310 825 9460
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Avenue

Box 951668, CHS Room 23-020B.
Los Angeles, CA 90095-9460

Dr. Jane Weintraub
Co-Principal Investigator
UCSF School of Dentistry
3333 California Street, Suite 495
San Francisco, CA 94143-1361

Name and Location of Study Centers:

San Ysidro Health Center
4004 Beyer Blvd.
San Ysidro, CA 92173


Ramos-Gomez, Chung LH, Beristain R, Santo W, Jue B, Weintraub JA, Gansky SA. Recruiting and retaining pregnant women from a community health center at the U.S.-Mexico border for the Mothers and Youth Access (MAYA) clinical trial. Clinical Trials 5: 336–346 2008:

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