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Oral Health Project Featured in Special Report
Oral health intervention work by HRA faculty Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez and Dr. Susan Ivey is featured in a new special report produced by Scientific American. "The Future of Oral Health" describes how the Global Children's Oral Health and Nutrition Program is reducing rates of tooth decay, mouth pain, and malnutrition in developing countries. The program takes a two-pronged approach: teaching good oral health practices and providing toothbrushes and toothpaste, and encouraging children to replace junk food and soda with less processed, more nutritious food. Better oral health results in less mouth pain, which makes it easier to eat less processed, healthier foods. And healthier foods are less likely to result in cavities. About the new report Dr. Sokal-Gutierrez said, "It's exciting to know that we're part of a building global movement to improve children's oral health and quality of life. Our programs and collaboration with other programs have already reached over 10,000 children and their families around the world."