With the focus firmly on prevention, the Foundation is providing grants to leading academic institutes to undertake clinical, laboratory and population research. The work we are currently funding includes:
- A study to investigate whether caries is caused by specific disease-inducing activities in dental plaque biofilms, and if it can be prevented by interfering with the development of aciduric phenotypes, using fluoride in milk.
- A randomised controlled trial in the Dominican Republic which aims to measure the effectiveness of oral health improvement messages delivered by paediatricians to parents of toddlers.
- A randomised controlled trial in Jordan which aims to measure the effectiveness of an oral health education videogame for children.
- In Khartoum State, Sudan, research which focuses on improving the differential diagnosis of the more common developmental defects of enamel: dental fluorosis, molar incisor hypoplasia, and amelogenesis imperfecta, and a clinical assessment to gain evidence of genetic factors which relate to these defects.
- A study to assess the validity of urinary fluoride concentration in spot urine samples for monitoring fluoride exposure in children from different geographical locations, ingesting fluoride from: toothpaste, community water, milk or salt.
- A systematic review of the evidence pertaining to factors that modify risk of early childhood caries.
- An holistic approach to address socioeconomic inequalities in child oral health – evidence synthesis.
- A systematic review of the scientific data on population-based oral health birth cohort studies.
We would be pleased to hear from anyone who may be interested in applying for a grant.