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Improving the oral health of Alaska Natives

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Source
American Journal of Public Health. 2005 May;95(5):769-773
Publication Type
Article
Date
May-2005
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Author
Sekiguchi, E
Guay, AH
Brown, LJ
Spangler, TJ
Author Affiliation
American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678, USA.
Source
American Journal of Public Health. 2005 May;95(5):769-773
Date
May-2005
Language
English
Geographic Location
Multi-National
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adult
Alaska - epidemiology
Child
Child, Preschool
Dental Caries - ethnology
Dental Health Services - supply & distribution
Health Services Accessibility
Humans
Indians, North American
Inuits
Middle Aged
Nutrition Surveys
Oral Health
Prevalence
Rural Health
Tooth Diseases - classification - ethnology - prevention & control
Abstract
There is a high prevalence of oral disease in the Alaska Native population, much of which goes untreated, creating a large discrepancy between the level of their oral health and that of the general population. The causes of this discrepancy are multiple--a major cause being the lack of access to care, especially in remote Alaska Native villages. Improving the oral health status of Alaska Natives will require treatment of current disease and initiation of an effective program to prevent oral disease. Cooperation between the Alaska Native organizations, dental health aides, the dental profession, and the government will be important. A strategy that combines addressing the disease currently present and preventing the occurrence of disease in the long run is the only strategy that offers a sustainable solution.
Notes
Comment In: American Journal of Public Health. 2005 Nov;95(11):1880-1881; author reply 1881
PubMed ID
15855450 View in PubMed
Online Resources
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