Preventing tooth decay in the youngest American Indians
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Indiana: When Europeans invaded America, they brought many diseases with them including measles, influenza, smallpox. .. and premature tooth decay.
Until then, tooth decay was mostly a disease of old age. But when sugar and sugary foods were introduced to American Indians, things changed. Now tooth decay affects Native Americans of all ages, including young children.
results of “The Toddler Overweight and Tooth Decay
Prevention Study” may offer a way to prevent tooth decay
in Native children. The study targeted American Indians
from birth - 30 months in four Pacific Northwest Indian
communities. During the 2˝
year study, researchers and tribal councils in three of
The fourth community made no changes to enable comparison rates with the other three.
When the study ended,
compared the children's tooth decay rates.
The results in the first three communities:
“These Pacific Northwest tribes consider water a sacred drink, so tribal elders liked the idea of regaining American Indian values," said Gerado Maupom, head researcher from Indiana University. "It was a culturally attractive choice."
Maupon said that before the study, baby bottles and sippy cups filled with sweet drinks had been common on the reservation. He warned that unless water and fresh produce are available and affordable, parents will continue giving children cheap and easy to find soda and junk foods.
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