Northern Ireland dental study targets prevention

A new clinical trial aimed at reducing tooth decay in children under the age of five has been launched in Northern Ireland by Health Minister Michael McGimpsey, according to a story on

The Northern Ireland Caries Prevention in Practice trial will investigate the effectiveness of fluoride varnish in preventing tooth decay in young children, according to the story. These children will also use fluoride toothpaste at home.

Some 2,400 children and 50 dental sites across Northern Ireland will participate in the study, with each child monitored over three years.

The trial was developed through a partnership between Manchester University; the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety; the Health and Social Care Board; the NI Research and Development Office; and the British Dental Association.

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