FACCT

FACCT is an important research study about children’s oral health. The FACCT study is a joint University College Cork/Health Services research project and is funded by the Health Research Board. FACCT stands for Fluoride And Caring for Children’s Teeth. The study will take place in primary schools in Dublin, Cork and Kerry.

Fluoride helps to strengthen our teeth and makes them more resistant to decay. Water contains some fluoride naturally and in Ireland water fluoride levels are adjusted so that it can help protect our teeth. Fluoride is also found in most toothpastes and mouthwashes.

In 2007, the government reduced the level of fluoride in drinking water. The FACCT study will look at the impact this reduction in fluoride has on the oral health of children in Junior Infants and 6th classes.

Children in Junior Infants class will be invited to take part in FACCT again when they reach 2nd class so that we can check their adult teeth. This will give us a good understanding of how children’s teeth develop over time.

Publications

Study Protocol

James, P., Harding, M., Beecher, T., Parnell, C., Browne, D., Tuohy, M., Kavanagh, D., O'Mullane, D., Guiney, H., Cronin, M., & Whelton, H. (2018) Fluoride And Caring for Children’s Teeth (FACCT): Clinical Fieldwork Protocol [version 1; referees: 2 approved]. HRB Open Research, 1:4 (doi: 10.12688/hrbopenres.12799.1)

Presentations

Whelton, H., Beecher, T., Cronin, M., Harding, M., James, P., Parnell, C., & Tuohy, M. (2013, November) FACCT: Fluoride And Caring for Children's Teeth. Poster presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Irish Division Annual Scientific Meeting, Cork, Ireland. FACCT IADR Irish Division Nov 2013

James, P., Beecher, T., Harding, M., & Whelton, H. (2014, September) Translating Research Documents for Legislative Compliance and Promotion of Participation. Poster presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Pan European Regional (PER) Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia. FACCT IADR PER Translating documents Sept 2014

Beecher, T., Harding, M., James, P., & Whelton, H. (2014, September) Exposure of Irish school children to domestic water fluoridation. Poster presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Pan European Regional (PER) Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia. FACCT IADR PER Water F Sept 2014

Beecher, T., Harding, M., James, P., & Whelton, H. (2016, March) Self-Perception of Enamel Opacities among Irish 12-Year-Olds. Poster presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Irish Division Annual Scientific Meeting, Cork, Ireland. FACCT IADR Irish Division Mar 2016

Whelton, H., Harding, M., Beecher, T., James, P., & Guiney, H. (2016, June) Association between 0.7ppm water fluoridation and caries in primary teeth. Poster presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session, Seoul, Republic of Korea. FACCT IADR Gen Session Seoul Jun 2016

Harding, M., James, P., Beecher, T., Guiney, H., & Whelton, H. (2016, September) Fewer teeth with dentinal caries (D3vcMFT) in 12-year-old children with community water fluoridation in the Republic of Ireland. Poster presented at the 21st Congress of the European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH), Budapest, Hungary. FACCT EADPH Budapest Sept 2016

Whelton, H., Harding, M., James, P., Beecher, T., & Guiney, H. (2017, March) Effectiveness of Water Fluoridation at 0.7 ppm. Oral presentation at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) American Association for Dental Research (AADR) CADR General Session, San Francisco, California. Journal of Dental Research, 96(Special Issue A): 0269.

Harding, M., James, P., Beecher, T., & Guiney, H. (2017, June) Accurate Measurement of Enamel Fluorosis in the FACCT Study, Republic of Ireland. Oral presentation at the 22nd Congress of the European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH), Vilnius, Lithuania. Community Dental Health, 34(3) (online-only supplement): 3550, s3.

Oral Health Services Research Centre

University Dental School & Hospital, Wilton, Cork T12 E8YV, Ireland.

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