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NIH funds childhood oral health disparities research

September 18, 2015 Bethesda, Md. — The National Institutes of Health is awarding more than $7 million in research grants aimed at eliminating inequities in access to care and improving oral health of children, it said in a news release Sept. 18.
The 10 grants will provide first-year funding that support a new initiative of NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Research Consortium to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Children.
"Children from certain racial and ethnic groups or from families with low levels of education and income are far more likely than other children to develop oral diseases, including tooth decay," the NIH stated.
Hispanic/Latino children and black children are about twice as likely as white children to have untreated tooth decay in primary teeth, according to a March 2015 report from the National Center for Health Statistics.
"Research has shown that individual-level approaches alone are not sufficient to reduce rates of tooth decay and other oral diseases," said NIDCR Health Disparities Research Program Director Ruth Nowjack-Raymer, Ph.D.. "Therefore, the consortium's research projects will involve holistic, population health and other approaches to take decisive action against oral health disparities at multiple levels of influence, such as families, neighborhoods and health care systems."
To see a list of funded projects from these grants, click here.
For more information about the NIDCR's new research initiative, visit nidcr.nih.gov/HDconsortium.