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Baby Talk Teeth: Reducing Disease Burden and Health Inequalities Arising from Chronic Dental Disease among Indigenous Children (An Early Childhood Caries Intervention)

 

Overview

Baby Talk Teeth was a randomised controlled trial of an oral health intervention that aimed to prevent early childhood caries (ECC) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in South Australia (n=446). The intervention comprised:

Children were dentally examined and assessed for height, weight, blood pressure and diet recall at ages two and three years. 

The ECC intervention was efficacious with respect to prevention of dental disease.

The first phase of the study was funded through an International Collaborative Indigenous Health Research Partnership (ICHIRP) grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and had international collaborators in New Zealand and Canada.

The first phase of the study - which was implemented from birth and continued for the first three years of a participating child's life - has been completed. The project is now being extended to consider participating children until age five years, with funding from the University of Adelaide and Colgate.

Abstract adapted from the Indigenous Oral Health Unit

Contacts

Indigenous Oral Health Unit
Ground floor
122 Frome Street
Adelaide SA 5005
School of Dentistry
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005
Ph: (08) 8313 4045
Ph: (08) 8313 3290
Fax: (08) 8313 4858

Related publications

Jamieson L, Bradshaw J, Lawrence H, Broughton J, Venner K (2016)

Fidelity of motivational interviewing in an early childhood caries intervention involving Indigenous Australian mothers.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved; 27(1 Supplement): 125-138

Merrick J, Chong A, Parker E, Roberts-Thomson K, Misan G, Spencer J, Broughton J, Lawrence H, Jamieson L (2012)

Reducing disease burden and health inequalities arising from chronic disease among Indigenous children: an early childhood caries intervention.

BMC Public Health; 12: 323

Retrieved 2 May 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-12-323.pdf

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Last updated: 5 June 2017
 
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