Fluoridated-milk schemes have been developed and implemented in many countries to prevent dental caries. This study aimed to evaluate the impact/influence of scientific publications, researchers, and institutions conducting research on milk fluoridation; to explore the international and inter-institutional collaboration and illustrate scientific output trends; and to pinpoint research hotspots in milk fluoridation research. This bibliometric analysis of original research articles on milk fluoridation includes all of the original articles published in peer-reviewed journals systematically extracted from the SCOPUS database. In total, 108 articles were included in this study, with a total of 11,789 citations. A majority (67.6%) of these articles were in the subject area of ‘dentistry’, 22.2% externally funded, 14.8% published in the journal, Caries Research, 7.4% authored/co-authored by Twetman S, 6.5% by authors from Universidad de Chile, and the UK had the highest output (24.1%). The network visualizations showed that those countries with current/past histories of implemented milk fluoridation programs were interconnected on the network visualization map, and they were predominantly the hotspots for original research on milk fluoridation. This study also identified inequalities in research outputs on the topic. With the current enormous global burden of dental caries in children, particularly in low-and middle-income countries, there is an urgent need for greater and more equitable funding of milk fluoridation research globally.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Jul 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
All of the funding organizations funded one original research article, except for Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (Brazil) and the Borrow
Swedish Patent Revenue Fund, Sweden Borrow Foundation, UK Universidad de Talca, Chile U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, USA Prince of Songkla University, USA National Institutes of Health, USA National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, USA Ministerio de Educación, Chile Mahidol University, Thailand Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico, Chile Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Canada Ministry of Science and Technology, India Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Chile Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, Brazil
All of the funding organizations funded one original research article, except for Coor-denação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (Brazil) and the Borrow Foundation (UK), which funded two and ten articles, respectively.
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