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Investigators awarded grant to study low-cost tooth decay prevention in children

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Investigators at the UCLA School of Dentistry, in collaboration with investigators at the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry, have been funded at $3.5 million over three years to test various incentives to promote caregiver behaviors that prevent tooth decay in young children.

The trial, named the BEhavioral EConomics for Oral health iNnovation trial, will also evaluate the cost-effectiveness of such interventions and will enroll underserved, low-income Hispanic and Latino families in Early Head Start and affiliated preschool and day care sites in Los Angeles County. Principal investigator Francisco Ramos-Gomez, UCLA professor of pediatric dentistry, has more than 20 years of experience working in the community with low-income minority populations, predominantly Latinos, to prevent children’s oral disease and promote children’s oral health.

The competitive award, given after a two-year developmental phase and feasibility and acceptability pilot trial, was one of four research cooperative agreements awarded nationally by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

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