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Volume 2: No. 3, July 2005

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Cost as a Prohibitive Factor on Effectiveness of Informational Campaigns to Reduce Dental Sealant Disparities


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Suggested citation for this article: Bolin KA. Cost as a prohibitive factor on effectiveness of informational campaigns to reduce dental sealant disparities [letter to the editor]. Prev Chronic Dis [serial online] 2005 Jul [date cited]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2005/
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To the Editor:

The authors of the abstract “Reducing Dental Sealant Disparities in School-aged Children Through Better Targeting of Informational Campaigns” (1) state:

The lack of an association between sealant prevalence and knowledge among low-income families may reflect higher levels of public provision of sealants to this group. This suggests that informational campaigns could increase demand for sealants in both income groups.

However, I fail to see how targeted informational campaigns about sealants, regardless of the efficiency or the impact, could increase demand for a service in groups that cannot afford that service.

Kenneth Anthony Bolin, DDS, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Baylor College of Dentistry
Dallas, Tex

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  1. Jones K, Griffin S, Moonesinghe R, Jaramillo F, Vousden C. Reducing dental sealant disparities in school-aged children through better targeting of informational campaigns [abstract]. Prev Chronic Dis [serial online] 2005 Apr [cited 2005 Apr 1].

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