Terry Batliner DDS

Dr Terry Batliner examines a study participant near the Bad Lands of South Dakota.
Position:Affiliation:Cherokee Nation of OklahomaRegion:North America
Biographical Information:Dr Terry Batliner, DDS is currently PI of a five-year clinical trial, testing the effectiveness of motivational interviewing as an intervention to reduce early childhood caries (ECC) in a Northern Plains American Indian (AI) tribe. He is also involved in several other studies aimed at reducing early childhood caries in Native populations. As a dentist and member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma with experience in the Indian Health Service, Dr. Batliner is interested in changing the high rate of ECC that has afflicted many AI communities for decades. The rate of ECC has not declined in the past 25 years and may be on the rise in some AI communities. He is interested in a multi-pronged approach combining biological interventions based on an understanding of the microbiology of ECC coupled with behavioral interventions designed to improved oral hygiene and diet.