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International Association for Dental Research Conference

PhotoDr. Debora Matthews (Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University) presented a poster: “Kungatsiajuk: Examining Oral Health of NunatuKavut Children in Labrador Canada” at the International Association for Dental Research /American Association for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) General Session (Seattle, Washington; March 20-23, 2013). The Faculty of Dentistry Summer Research Program for 2012 supported Amanda Demsey to analyze data and author the poster.

View the poster presentation » (PDF, 1.26 MB)

The poster describes the initial survey results of the community-based participatory research project:

  • (1) NunatuKavut children and adolescents residing in southeast Labrador experience similar or, for some age groups, more oral disease than non-Aboriginal children living in Canada;
  • (2) Compared to other Inuit children and adolescents in Canada, the children and adolescents of southeast Labrador are more satisfied with their oral health, have better oral health care habits, and have better oral health as indicated by prevalence and severity of dental decay.

Next steps in this study will explore possible underlying social, economic, historic and political explanations for these findings.

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Healthy Smiles Coordinator
Michelle Clarke - (709) 960-0342