Fluoridation Fails Michigan
- 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.
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