For the past three years, Viacheslav “Slava” Fofanov and other Northern Arizona University researchers have been studying tooth decay in 350 preschoolers in northern Arizona to see if they are affected by the acidic bacteria in their oral “microbiome.” They will soon begin working both in southern… Read more
Viacheslav “Slava” Fofanov, PhD
School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems
Tracking Oral Health In Children
Why do Arizona children have twice the rate of dental caries—also known as tooth decay—as children outside the state?
Socioeconomic status and limited access to dental care explain only part of the difference, said NAU researcher Viacheslav “Slava” Fofanov. “We suspect there is a biological explanation,” he said.
Human mouths are full of bacteria, he said, and about one-third of all people carry a strain… Read more