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Volume 2: No. 3, July 2005

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:

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


  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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