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The prevalence of tooth decay and other oral diseases are often overlooked indicators of overall public health. To improve the understanding of oral health in El Paso, the City of El Paso Health Department has teamed up with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso in a collaborative effort to determine the factors that contribute to poor oral health, and lead to cavities and periodontitis. The team will collect saliva, oral debris, leftover teeth and plaque from children and young adults to study oral infections, markers of inflammation, genetic, epigenetic and other contributors to oral illnesses in Hispanics. Samples also will be stored for future investigations. This joint effort will provide a better picture of oral health in El Paso, and will define a framework for prevention, earlier diagnosis, and better treatment.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
10 Years to 21 Years (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Male and female patients between the ages of 10-21.
Uninsured, medicaid and Title V seen at the City of El Paso Dental or pediatric Clinics ages 10-21
Lean, overweight and obese male and female children and young adults living in El Paso County
Healthy children and patients that are likely to be seen in the clinics within the predetermined follow-up time of 6 months
Patients under 10 years of age and over 21 years of age.
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD:
Identifiable information i.e. GPS address will be available to health authorities under the Common Rule mandate.
De-identified information and tissue and body fluid samples will be made available to collaborating academic institutions through material transfer agreements.
Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP)
Clinical Study Report (CSR)
Request for materials and samples will be made available to potential collaborators and for complementary research starting 2019 or when ever the research observations are published in a peer reviewed journal.
Collaborating Institutions in the understanding of disease processes in Hispanic populations