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Redmond, Oregon 97756


Dental caries (tooth decay) is a disease with significant public health implications afflicting low-income children, with marked rural disparities in disease prevalence and treatment. More than 70% of 11th grade children in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties have experienced tooth decay. Effective approaches to prevent decay include brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and professional dental care. Medicaid enrolled children are legally entitled to dental care under Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT), yet <50% had any care in 2010. Free distribution of toothpaste and toothbrushes combined with parental education can increase toothbrushing frequency and reducing tooth decay. However, many parents are confused about when to start, how much and often toothpaste should be used, and how to overcome behavioral difficulties in brushing toddlers' teeth or getting older children to brush their own. The investigators' objective is to implement and evaluate a community-wide toothpaste distribution campaign enhanced by telephone support for OHP children and adolescents and their families in Central Oregon

Study summary:

A community-wide toothpaste distribution campaign enhanced by telephone support. A tooth kit with toothpaste and toothbrushes for the whole family together with oral hygiene instructions in English and Spanish will be mailed every 3 months. Half of the population will be randomly assigned to also receive telephone support (Short message service and one-to-one calls). Families will receive biweekly messages with oral hygiene tips. Bilingual culturally competent staff will be available by telephone to support families in overcoming barriers.


Inclusion Criteria: - Family speaks English or Spanish Exclusion Criteria: - None



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Peter M Milgrom, DDS
University of Washington

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Location Contact:

Redmond, Oregon 97756
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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