Oral Health clinical trials at University of California Health
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A five-year, Phase III, multi-site, cluster randomized controlled clinical trial will evaluate the efficacy of the CenteringPregnancy (CP) Oral Health Promotion (CPOP) intervention. Intervention and control groups will be drawn from 6 CP sites. Prenatal care facilitators will conduct the intervention in group prenatal care sessions. With an average of 4 CP facilitators per site (24 facilitators), conducting 2-3 CP groups each (48-72 CP groups with 8 mother/child dyads per group), the total study population will be approximately 384 dyads. CP facilitators will be randomly assigned to either the: 1) intervention arm and deliver the CPOP intervention; or 2) control arm and deliver the usual CP curriculum. The CPOP intervention consists of two 15-minute modules: 1) maternal oral health (OH) and 2) infant OH. The data collection will continue through 12 months postpartum. For the maternal OH module, pre- and post-intervention dental exams of gingival OH and Plaque Levels, and knowledge, attitudes and behavior (KAB) questionnaires during the prenatal period will be used to assess maternal OH outcomes. For the infant OH module, pre and post-module KAB questionnaires will be completed during the prenatal period. Infant OH risk status - the presence of caries-causing bacteria (mutans streptococci and Lactobacilli) in saliva of both mother and infant will be assessed when the infant is 12 months of age to determine differences in study arms.
Our lead scientists for Oral Health research studies include Lisa Berens, DDS, MPH.