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Dental needs unmet in Native Americans

from MedPage Today (subscription)

Among the myriad health problems faced by many Native Americans is poor oral health, a study has found. Overall, 90 percent of residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota had at least one decayed tooth, according to Terry Batliner, DDS, and colleagues from the University of Colorado in Denver. Among 135 adults examined, 97 percent had one or more decayed teeth, as did 84 percent of 157 children, the researchers noted in a report from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation presented at the National Congress of American Indians in Portland, Ore. Little is known about the contemporary oral health of Native Americans, with the last report on their dental health needs having been published more than a decade ago. more

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