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Principal Investigator: Sally H. Adams, RN, PhD

Brief Summary:Early childhood caries (ECC) is the leading chronic disease in children, and a disproportionate number of young children from the Hispanic community are affected by ECC.1 Further, Hispanic families sometimes do not access dental services although they are available. The goal of this study is to determine the parental acceptability and preferences for preventive dental treatments for young Hispanic children.

Beltran-Aguilar et al. Surveillance for Dental Caries, Dental Seatlnats, Tooth Retention, Edentulism, and Enamel Fluorosis--- United States, 1988—1994 and 1999—2002. CDC, MMWR, Surveillance Summaries, August 26, 2005/ 54 (03): 1-44.


Study Design:Convenience sample, cross-sectional descriptive study.

Study Type:Participants are parents of young Hispanic children who attend Head Start or Early Head Start in the East Bay Area. Participants will complete an interview that includes quantitative and qualitative assessments. The focus of the interview is to determine parental acceptability of and preferences for preventive dental treatments for young children and to determine the preferred locations and providers to deliver fluoride varnish treatments for young children.



Intervention:No intervention. Participation consists of parental interviews.



Study Locations: Berkeley, California and Oakland, California

Study phase:Focus groups and pilot testing of acceptability assessment


Study contact information:
Sally H. Adams, RN, PhD
Division of Adolescent Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
3333 California Street, Suite 245
San Francisco, CA 94118
415 502 7480

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