Performance Improvement 2009. Does Water Fluoridation in Indian Country Work?


This study evaluated the effectiveness of water fluoridation in Indian Country. The project focused on health program evaluation and health services research. It proposed an epidemiologic evaluation of the efficacy of water fluoridation in Indian Country. Water fluoridation has succeeded in reducing the prevalence of tooth decay in middle class America . The effectiveness of fluoridation in Indian Country, however is unknown. The excellent opportunity to evaluate a long-term initiative with significant ramifications future direction and resource allocation will not present again in the foreseeable future. The combination of easily current data, widespread initiation of fluoridation and plans for a subsequent national oral health assessment in about five years outline a research plan of action that is efficient and of significant value.

Report Title: The Effects of Fluoridation on the Prevalence of Oral Disease in American Indian Youngsters; Reports may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor: IHS, Indian Health Service
Federal Contact: Lucie Vogel, 301-443-1133
Performer: Dr. Tim Ricks, former IHS DPH Resident, Principal investigator; Dr. Blahut, Residency Mentor; and Dr. Bruce Dye, NCHS, Other Key Mentor
PIC ID: 8095

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