Thursday, August 09, 2018

Fluoridation Fails Illiinois

In Illinois, where fluoridation is state mandated:  " According to the recent statewide oral health assessment report “Oral Health in Illinois,” poor oral health is one of the most pressing, unmet health care issues facing Illinois children today. The report found that one-third of Illinois children in rural areas have untreated tooth decay, and that Illinois children living in poverty are five times more likely to have fair or poor oral health."

 Delta Dental donates $1 million to SIU School of Dental Medicine - Laredo Morning Times:

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Toothless in Virginia - Fluoridation Fails

Toothless in Virginia which is 96% fluoridated:

Despite fluoridation, Americans Are Facing Dental Nightmares - "People die in this country of disease from dental infection. That's terrible," says Brock. "When you get an acute infection, it can go to the brain - it can lead to diabetes, it can lead to heart disease. People do die in this country because they can't afford to go to the dentist."
The country that is the home of the Hollywood smile and sets a global standard in dental perfection, a country where people spend more than $1bn on teeth whitening products every year, is also one where millions worry about how to treat a toothache or an infection.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fluoridation Fails Australia

Australia fails its oral health check-up: Australia has failed its first national oral health check-up, with data showing more than 90 per cent of adults have experienced decay in their permanent teeth."The evidence shows that one-third of Australia's five to six year-olds have had decay in their baby teeth."

 The figures show in 2015-16, there were 67,266 potentially preventable hospitalisations for oral health problems and almost one-third of these were children under the age of nine years.

Earlier this month, the Royal Children's Hospital National Poll found by
early primary school, one in four children needed a tooth filling and
one in ten required a tooth pulled out because of decay. About one in 20
required a hospital visit to treat a decayed tooth.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Fluoridation Fails Ireland

Ireland, where fluoridation is mandated country-wide, " 20% of eight-year-olds have
decay in their permanent teeth — this climbs to 50% for 12-year-olds and
75% for 15-year-olds."

“I see early childhood caries all the time — it’s increasing,” says
Carrigaline-based dentist Dr Anne Twomey. “I saw an 18-month-old, whose
front teeth had all rotted. He had to go to hospital for general
anaesthetic to remove them. I frequently see three and four-year-olds
with full-blown abscesses in their teeth because they’re decayed. There
was a six-year-old who’d put up with years of pain and abscesses. She
had to have 12 teeth taken out. At Christmas, her parents sent a card,
saying it was the first Christmas they weren’t running for antibiotics.”

 she says.High rates of
childhood tooth decay is “totally dietary” in origin, says Twomey. “It’s
because of frequent exposures to sugars. There are 56 different words
for sugar. How does a parent figure that out — will they recognise
maltose as sugar, for example? Parents also get caught out by foods
marketed as healthy, by dried fruit like raisins — I’d prefer to see
children eating grapes. Petits Filous has up to three teaspoons of sugar
per pot. Granola’s high in sugar — it’ll say ‘no added sugar’ but it’ll
have honey.”

Nothing to smile about: Children's dental health suffers due to under-resourced public systems | Irish Examiner

Friday, January 12, 2018

The crisis of dental care under American capitalism

Fewer than half of dentists participate in the Medicaid program (and some have only a handful of Medicaid patients) and more than half the 35 million children who have coverage go without care, with results that can be catastrophic. Since the 1900's, dentists do all they can to protect their own lucrative monopoly even if the American people are suffering because of it

Monday, December 11, 2017

Fluoridation Fails Phoenix Arizona

Dental Mission of Mercy: Free dental work in Phoenix: Roughly 300 dentists, oral surgeons, hygienists, lab technicians and up to 1,700 volunteers from all over Arizona are working together for two days to relieve pain and infection or repair teeth for those who cannot afford dental care, said Kevin Earle, the executive director for the Arizona Dental Association.

Fluoridation Fails Maryland

Maryland is 96% fluoridated, yet:

• 42,327 Maryland adults visited emergency departments with chronic dental conditions during fiscal year 2016, at an average charge of $537, for a total charge of $22.7 million.

 • Medicaid paid for 53 percent of the visits — 22,254 of them — with an average charge of $446 per visit for a total charge of almost $10 million.

• 25 percent returned within a year with a similar complaint, most within 15 days. For those patients, the total charge was $2.3 million and the readmission rate for dental care was much higher for Medicaid-enrolled patients than for all other conditions.

 • 145 of the patients required hospitalization, with an average charge of $9,900 per visit, for a total of $1.4 million.

• Altogether, the total Medicaid charges for emergency department visits for chronic dental complaints were $11.3 million.

• Altogether, the total Medicaid charges for emergency department
visits for chronic dental complaints were $11.3 million
In Washington County, there were 1,184 emergency department visits
for chronic dental conditions among adults. More than half — 630 — were Medicaid
recipients. The total charge for the Medicaid patients was $297,045.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fluoride Fails Illinois Kids Where Fluoridation State Mandated

Illinois requires all water suppliers to add fluoride chemicals into its customers via the water supply to prevent tooth decay in tap water drinkers, but the evidence shows it's not working. "According to the 2017 Delta Dental of Illinois Children’s Oral Health Survey, nearly half of Illinois kids ages 6 to 12 have missed school due to dental problems in the past 12 months."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fluoridation Fails Detroit, Michigan

Detroit has been fluoridated for decades but Each year, parents and children in metro Detroit will wait in line for hours to receive free oral healthcare services from dentists and hygienists as part of the Give Kids a Smile program because most dentists won't accept Medicaid patients except for this once-a-year program.

More than 1 in 4 third-graders across the state suffer from untreated dental disease. Dental problems cost children countless hours of lost school time, cause pain and can impact a child’s self-esteem, nutrition, as well as their ability to eat, sleep, communicate and concentrate in school.

 We need more dental professionals in order to provide care to the many people who aren’t receiving any services. An important step to address this problem is to license a dental provider called a “dental therapist.” Many dental issues can be handled by dental therapists who, under the supervision of a dentist, are licensed to deliver routine, yet much needed care, such as filling cavities, for previously underserved populations like those who I care for with Give Kids a Smile and across the state of Michigan.

Studies show fluoridation is no value to Detroit residents

Organized dentistry opposes dental therapists simply because they infringe upon dentists lucrative monopoly. instead dentists want you to believe that fluoridation will help people who can't afford their care.   It's hogwash. 

Even when fluoridated water is the most consumed item consumed in Detroit, cavities are extensive when diets are poor, according to Caries Research.

Burt and colleagues studied low-income African-American adults, 14-years-old and over, living in Detroit, Michigan, where water suppliers add fluoride chemicals attempting to prevent cavities. Yet, 83%of this population has severe tooth decay and diets high in sugars and fats, and low in fruits and vegetables.

"The most frequently reported food on a daily basis was [fluoridated] tap water," write Burt's research team. Second were [probably fluoridated] soft drinks and third were potato chips.

Tooth decay in fluoridated Detroit's toddlers' teeth is also shocking. Almost all of Detroit's five-year-olds have cavities; most of them go unfilled.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fluoridation Mandated Kentucky: Tooth Loss 5th highest in US

 In 2012, Kentucky had the fifth highest rate of tooth loss among people 65 and over in the nation

 Today, our state is considered a national leader in fluoridation,
providing approximately 96 percent of Kentuckians with fluoridated
water. In addition, KOHP also offers a fluoride supplement program for
preschool children whose home drinking water supply is fluoride

Kentucky also became one of the first states in the nation
to introduce a school-based Dental Sealant program for children who
might otherwise not have access to regular dental car

[All this failed when the real problem is inability to get dental care]

 Four out of 10 of our children reportedly never visited a dentist, and over 16,000 uninsured residents turned to an ER rather than a dentist for dental pain.

 Lack of dental coverage and affordability are just a part of the equation. A lack of education regarding the importance of oral health, fear of visiting a dentist, inconvenient location or time, particularly among working families with school age children, lack of transportation, distance to, and trouble finding a dentist are all contributing factors.

 Jeff Rubin: Believe this — your key to better health and quality of life may be right under your nose | NKyTribune

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fluoridation Failure Contributes to Opiod Addiction & Costs US $8 Billion+ Annually

"the Centers for Disease Control estimates that the U.S. loses $6 billion in productivity each year due to oral health issues. Emergency department visits for oral pain cost nearly $2 billion a year and contribute to the epidemic of opioid addiction. And mounting evidence shows that poor oral health results in increased general medical costs.

 It’s time to break down the wall between dentistry and medicine:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dentist Neglect Costing Taxpayers Millions in Nebraska

 RESULTS: During the study period, a total of 9943 dental-related ED visits occurred. Of these, 55.5% patients aged
between 25 and 44 years. Thirty-nine percent of all dental ED visits had patients who were self-financed or uninsured. Twenty counties in Nebraska do not have a dentist, and nine counties had more than 50 ED
visits per 10,000 population. Patients residing in urban areas paid significantly higher charges than those living in rural towns, smallrural towns, or isolated rural areas. The mean and total ED charges attributed to dental conditions for the entire study period were $934 and $9.3 million, respectively.

Emergency Department Utilization related to dental conditions and distribution of Dentists, Nebraska 2011-2013 | Read by QxMD

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cavity Rates Unchanged Despite Increased Fluoride Exposure

Sunday, April 09, 2017

FLuoridation Fails Connecticut Mission of Mercy free dental clinic reaches capacity

Mission of Mercy free dental clinic reaches capacity in Connecticut where fluoridation is state-mandated

Officials say during the two day event, around 2,000 people received much-needed dental care.Fluoridation is state-mandate in Connected.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Sugar Beats Fluoride in Australia

Despite Australia's 70% fluoridation rate, tooth decay is rampant

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Tooth Decay Sill Silent Epidemic

Bipartisan Agreement On Health Care? On Dental Care, Absolutely | The Huffington Post:

More than a decade and a half after [Surgeon General] Satcher’s report, tooth decay is still the number one chronic disease affecting children. More than a third of elementary school children have untreated tooth decay. One reason is that only about one-third of U.S. dentists accept Medicaid. Another big reason is that a growing number of Americans live in communities were dentists are few and far between. In fact, since 2000, the number of people living in dental shortage areas, often called dental deserts, has nearly doubled, from 25 million to 49 million.


“Silent epidemic” is the term former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher used in a seminal report in 2000 to describe a growing but, until then, little understood crisis.  Satcher wrote, “there are profound and
consequential disparities in the oral health of our citizens. Indeed,
what amounts to a “silent epidemic” of dental and oral diseases is
affecting some population groups.”

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Non-Fluoridated Countries Dramtic DROP in tooth decay

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dentists Fail Arizona Residents

Because most dentists prefer to treat the water of and not the teeth of low income Americans,
in Arizona, Emergency Rooms are the go-to treatment option for more than 45,000 people with dental problems from 2010 to 2015.

The state’s Medicaid program (the taxpayers) picked up the tab for 41 percent of these cases — nearly 19,000 visits. At an average of $749 per visit, that’s quite a chunk of public dollars going to treat something that could be prevented at a dentist’s office for about a third of the cost.

Arizona lawmakers ponder dental therapy to address shortage -

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fluoridation Fails New Zealand

The latest New Zealand study looking at dental health and the NZ School Dental data both show that for the vast majority of children there is no difference in decay rates between fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas Non-water fluoridated Scottish kids now have better teeth than water-fluoridated Kiwi kids.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Delray Beach, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida, is fluoridated: More than 100 elementary students have a big reason to smile. Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton teamed up with Delray Beach’s Spodak Dental Group to provide free care to the children Friday.

The care wasn’t just a cleaning. The dental office shut down and dentists performed extractions and other procedures totally free. Dr. Craig Spodak believes the office did more than $150,000 worth of dental work throughout the day.

“The number 1 reason a child would go to the emergency room, the number 1 reason a child will miss school is because of a dental pain, or dental disease, so it’s an epidemic,” Spodak said.

 Delray dentist, Marlins star fight tooth decay - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news:

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Fluoridation Fails the Poor

Despite the growth in fluoridation, tooth decay and fluoride overdose is rampant in America's poor children.

Decay rates for children, living 100% below the Federal Poverty Level, are 40% in three- to five-year-olds; 69% in six- to nine-year-olds; and 74% in 13-15 year-olds, based on Federal data (2011/2012 NHANES) to be presented at an American Public Health Association Meeting 11/2/16).

Previous cavity rates (NHANES III 1988-1994) for similar children’s primary teeth were much lower – 30% of 2-5 year-olds; 42% of 6-12 year-olds and 34% of 15-18 year-olds’ permanent teeth.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Every week, 100 Irish kids go to hospitals with dental problems.  Ireland public water suppliers are required to add fluoride chemicals in its failed attempt to reduce tooth decay in children who eat sugar - which is the only cause of tooth decay.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Michigan

90.2% of Michigan is fluoridated where

  • More than one-third of all Michigan seniors have lost six or more natural teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease. Low-income seniors are more than three times as likely to have lost six or more teeth from tooth decay and/or gum disease. 
  •  Sixty-six percent of third-graders in the Upper Peninsula had a history of dental decay in their primary and/or permanent teeth, compared with 56 percent statewide. 
  • Years of studies, reports and task forces show us there is no one
    solution to this problem. But one strategy that hasn't been tried in
    Michigan yet is adding mid-level dental providers to our state's
    workforce to expand access to care.

 Commentary: Allowing 'dental therapists' in Michigan will expand access to oral care |

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Rhode Island

Rhode Island is 84% fluoridated:  “The significant level of patient turnout for the five-year milestone clinic highlights the continuing need for access to affordable oral health care in Rhode Island,” said Dr. Jeffrey Dodge, DMD, Mission of Mercy co-chair

Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic 
Between 2012 and 2015, the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic has treated 3,281 patients between the ages of one and 91.
Since it began and through 2015, the two-day clinic has provided $1,790,228 worth of dental services and more than 12,400 procedures, including:
  • 1,421 fillings
  • 2,011 extractions
  • 1,729 cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments
  • 114 root canals
  • 336 removable partial dentures and denture repairs
 GoLocalProv | RI Oral Health Foundation’s Free Dental Clinic Serves Over 720 Patients:

 In 2015  Misc. Facts
231 Patients arrived in pain
Average time in pain, 66 days
94% of patients had no dental insurance
41% of patients had not seen a dentist in over 2 years
32% of patients needed more dental work

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Americans Desperately Need Dental Care, despite being fluoride-overdosed

After 71 years of fluoridation and 61 years of fluoridated toothpate:

Fluoride overdose symptoms (dental fluorosis or discolored teeth) is growing in incidence and severity after 71 years of fluoridation reaching record numbers of Americans and 61 years of fluoridated toothpaste, a glut of fluoridated dental products (and in higher concentrations both over-the-counter and hidden, to you, in dental materials), fluoride containing medicines and a fluoride-saturated food supply. Yet,

People desperately need dental care, by Susan Sered, Professor of Sociology, Suffolk University

Excerpts: In 2003 and 2004 (pre-Obamacare), I conducted a national study of uninsured Americans in southcentral Illinois, northern Idaho, the Mississippi delta, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and in eastern Massachusetts.

I asked nearly 150 interviewees: “If President Bush were to declare universal health care for everyone starting tomorrow, what is the first problem you would take care of?” The most common answer by a landslide echoed this respondent’s: “I’ll be waiting outside the dentist’s office at 5:00 in the morning waiting for it to open.”

Many of the people I interviewed lived with untreated diabetes, asthma or even cancer, yet their oral health problems presented the greatest challenges to their quality of life.

Recently I returned to these communities to reinterview the people I’d met over a decade earlier. Very little has changed. While the majority of the people I interviewed now had health care coverage of some sort (for nearly 20 percent of them, it was as a consequence of becoming sufficiently disabled to be eligible for Social Security), very few had managed to secure dental coverage.

Then and now, people told me about visiting emergency rooms in hopes of alleviating pain or using addictive pain medications to make it through the day. People even told me that they had resorted to pulling out their own teeth.

It can be very hard to find dentists who accept Medicaid

I have met women and men of various ages who have pulled their own teeth.

Medicare does not cover dental care. Today, according to government estimates, 70 percent of seniors lack dental coverage.

It is estimated that 108 million Americans have no dental insurance, and that one in four non elderly Americans has untreated tooth decay.

The reality is that tooth decay signifies poverty in pernicious ways. Without expanding insurance to cover oral health, millions of Americans will continue to live with pain, stigma and the risks of systemic diseases that could be averted through an accessible and integrated system of dental care.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

NZ Research Proves Fluoridation Not Needed

A New Zealand study published in Bio Medical Central Oral Health last month shows dental health improved the greatest extent for children in non-fluoridated areas. There is now no difference in dental decay rates between non-Maori children who live in fluoridated areas and non-Maori children who live in non-fluoridated areas, proving that fluoridation is not needed for children to obtain good dental health. There has been an improvement in child dental health over the past ten years right across New Zealand.

 NZ Research Proves Fluoridation Not Needed | Thursday, 14 April 2016,