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Arizona Native American Oral Health Care Coalition Receives DentaQuest Foundation Grant

Arizona Native American Oral Health Care Coalition Receives DentaQuest Foundation’s Oral Health 2014 Initiative to Eliminate Oral Health Disparities

October 17, 2011 – The DentaQuest Foundation has selected a coalition of Arizona tribal organizations and public and private oral health stakeholders to join its Oral Health 2014 Initiative. The Arizona Dental Foundation will serve as the fiscal agent for the group. The Coalition will receive resources to support its work to tackle the severe oral health disparities among the Native American community in Arizona, where children have decay rates that are 400% greater than the national average and one in four tribal elders is without natural teeth.

The initiative grew out of the recommendations of the first ever Arizona American Indian Oral health Summit held in April of this past year. The Summit was jointly planned and organized by the project’s partners. A full report of the Summit can be viewed at: http://azda.org/Download/AZ_AmericanIndian/index.html

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House of Representatives approves Rep. Gosar funding increase for Native American dental care

By Craig Palmer, ADA News staff

Washington—Dentist/Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) asked the House of Representatives July 26 to approve a $4.3 million plus funding increase to advance the oral health of Native Americans, focusing House attention during the rancorous debt limit debate on the less pressing and necessary business of congressional appropriations.

Rep. Gosar: Asks House of Representatives July 26 for funding boost for the oral health of Native Americans. He is shown here addressing the 2010 ADA House of Delegates. Photo credit: Photo by EZ Event Photography.

“I would like to make it clear on this floor tonight that this reallocation of funds is explicitly intended to fund dental health programs within the Indian Health Service at the level recommended by the administration. The United States government took on long ago a number of treaty obligations to our Native people, and health care was among them. In particular, I cannot state strongly enough how imperative it is that Indian tribes have their efforts in the area of oral health fully funded.”

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Native American Children Have More Tooth Decay

Their rate of untreated cavities was three times higher than other kids, study finds.

MONDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) — Native American children in the United States and Canada have three times the rate of untreated cavities compared to other kids, according to a new policy statement on early childhood caries from the American Academy of Pediatrics that recommends doctors pay more attention to the oral health of those patients.

A survey of 2,633 children aged 2 to 5 born to indigenous populations in the United States, Alaska and Canada found that 68 percent had untreated cavities. In some Canadian indigenous communities, more than 90 percent of children have tooth decay (dental caries).

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New Native American Oral Health Improvement Study

Many Native American of all ages, are without adequate, or timely access to dental care, and are severely affected by tooth decay.  Toddlers, and youngsters were deemed to be most at risk.  A study by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (KPCHR) joined in partnership with six Northwest tribes to conducted a research study to reduce childhood obesity, and dental cavities.  The aim of the study was to determine if community based interventions can alter feeding practices, influence parents to reduce sedentary lifestyles, and if such changes can reduce childhood obesity and early childhood tooth decay.  The TOTS Study is a federally funded health research study sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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