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Juliet Whitaker

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Title of MSc Research:

Fluoride intakes in 8- to 10- year old New Zealand children

Summary

Description: Fluoride is a trace element with important roles in dental health. Dental caries are the most prevalent preventable disease in New Zealand; water fluoridation has been proven to be an effective public health strategy in the prevention of dental caries. We will be assessing the fluoride intakes of 120 children from schools in fluoridated and non-fluoridated regions of the South Island of New Zealand, using 24-hour urine samples, 24-hour duplicate diets, and tooth brushing analysis, and investigating the impact this has on fluoride intake and dental health.

Supervisor:

Associate Professor Sheila Skeaff