Monday, July 13, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Minnesota

In Minnesota, where fluoridation is state mandated In 2010, 55% of third graders experienced dental decay, while 18% of third graders had untreated cavities.



 Addressing Oral Health Disparities in Minnesota | Healthy People 2020:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fluoridation Fails North Carolina

"Tens of thousands of North Carolinians seek treatment for dental pain in our emergency departments each year -

14% of our kindergartners have untreated decay."  North Carolina is 87.5% fluoridated



NC Oral Health Collaborative - North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fluoridation Fails North Carolina

87.5% of North Carolina is fluoridated. Yet,  “Forty percent of children in North Carolina start school with dental disease,”




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fluoridation fails San Francisco, California

San Francisco is fluoridated, yet  nearly 40 percent of San Francisco children turn up with tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten, public health experts have seen enough. They want to make the city a cavity-free zone.



 "San Francisco’s children have a higher percent of cavities than the
national average at 33 percent, according to federal government
statistics"



"Between 2000 and 2012, the difference between white children and
those who are Chinese, Latino and African American as measured by the
percentage of cavities has increased by 7 percent in San Francisco, the
statistics show.


This is all while the overall oral health of San Francisco’s children has improved over the past decade."







Health leaders try to cut kids’ cavities, improve access to care - SFGate:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fluoridation Fails San Francisco, California

High levels of tooth decay reported among Mission's Latino youth | Neighborhoods | San Francisco | San Francisco Examiner:



For example, 32 percent of kindergartners living in the 94110 ZIP code of the Mission experienced tooth decay in the 2013-14 school year compared to 53 percent in ZIP code 94108, which includes the southern portion of Chinatown, and 45 percent in ZIP code 94133 in the northern part of Chinatown.

However, 436 predominantly Latino kindergartners had tooth decay in the Mission ZIP code, while 60 were affected in the 94108 ZIP code in southern Chinatown and 96 in the 94133 ZIP code in northern Chinatown, according to data from the San Francisco Unified School District’s Kindergarten Oral Health Screening Program, analyzed by the Department of Public Health.

Health officials suspect cultural issues play into the high rates of tooth decay among Latinos and other minorities.

“Hispanic Americans traditionally don’t drink water here because in their countries, the tap water is not safe,” said Margaret Fisher, an oral health consultant with the Department of Public Health. “Bottled water doesn’t have fluoride, which is a mineral that protects the teeth, and is in San Francisco tap water.”

In addition, Latino families often gift sweet foods to children and “it’s not interpreted as giving them dental decay,” Fisher said. Meanwhile, Chinatown has a large immigrant population that holds on to their home country’s belief that baby teeth aren’t important and will be replaced by permanent teeth anyway.

A major problem is the limited number of dentists that take DentiCal. At the community meeting at the Mission Neighborhood Centers Head Start/Early Head Start, Irene Hilton, a dentist at the department’s Silver Avenue Family Health Center, mentioned that Western Dental — one of The City’s largest dental providers — recently announced they will no longer accept DentiCal.

The collaborative, led by the SF Department of Public Health and UC San Francisco, includes dental health providers, school officials and advocates with a strategic plan toward making The City cavity-free. As part of its effort to increase access, the collaborative is pushing a couple of initiatives.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Rhode Island

Rhode Island is 84% fluoridated, Yet, hundreds lined up — some even camped out — for the fourth annual Mission of Mercy free dental clinic, now in its fourth year.



This weekend, close to 1000 patients were seen for a variety of dental needs: infected or broken teeth, cavities; some to have their wisdom teeth removed.



"There's just such a huge gap between the haves and the have-nots," said Dr. Ken Rudman, a volunteer who has a practice in Warwick.



Free dental clinic attracts nearly 1,000 - News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Colorado City

Greeley, Colorado is fluoridated but  "many patients come in for emergencies, such as swollen mouths or pain so severe they have trouble sleeping. Sometimes, patients go so long without dental care Johnson can’t save their teeth. Sometimes, the cases are heartbreaking: He sees children come in with decay on every tooth.

Johnson estimated between 60 to 70 percent of his child patients in Greeley need care that goes beyond checkups, such as fillings or other work, which he said is on par with the national average for lower-income communities."





"Lower-income families are
underserved in Greeley. Less than a third of dentists in the area take Medicaid,
leaving few options, such as the Sunrise clinic, for those with lower incomes to
get dental care. And clinics that serve those in poverty such as Sunrise have to
treat so many emergencies, it is difficult to make time for checkups. Yet, the
checkups help prevent emergencies"
 
“There has been no progress, really, in the national decay rates,
especially in people who are living 100 percent below poverty,” he said."


 Low-income families most at risk for dental problems, lack of care access | GreeleyTribune.com: At Sunrise,

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Connecticut Children

In connecticut where fluoridation is state-mandated: My baby has cavities in her baby teeth. Does that make me a bad mother? - The Washington Post:



By age 5, about 60 percent of U.S. children will have experienced tooth decay, according to the “State of Little Teeth Report,” a 2014 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry document based on a survey of 1,000 parents. The report found that the rate of cavities in children 2 to 5 years old increased almost 17 percent from 1988-1994 to 1999-2004.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Despite Fluoridation - Tooth decay a silent epidemic in Colorado kids Despite.com

Colorado is 72.4% fluoridation. Yet, Tooth decay a silent epidemic in Colorado kids - 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com



In Colorado, 28 percent of children ages 2 to 5 have already experienced tooth decay.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fluoridation Fails New York State

In 2013, 1 in 266 infants enrolled in the program [Medicaid] received oral health services from a non-dental provider and even fewer, 1 in 355, received oral health services from a dentist. By the time these children are in Head Start, 2 in 5 have a history of tooth decay. ECC [Early Childhood Caries or Cavities] are preventable, yet with lack of treatment end up detrimental to the daily life of a child and their future dental and overall health.



Children's Dental Health Workshop - New York State Dental Foundation

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Ireland

In Ireland where fluoridation is mandated county-wide - Dentists report 40% increase in hospitalisations from oral infections | BreakingNews.ie: Dentists are reporting an almost 40% increase in the numbers of patients requiring hospitalisation due to oral infections.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More Work Needed Toward Cavity Prevention In Children



Counter to what the CDC numbers say for young children's untreated cavities, the data was not so encouraging for older children, said The New York Times. The prevalence of cavities seemed to hold strong for children past preschool.



There were cavities in the baby teeth of more than half of 6- to 8-year-olds, while 50 percent of 12- to 15-year-olds had permanent teeth with cavities.



A staggering 67 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds' teeth showed decay.



And as dentists are filling more cavities in the very young, doctors emphasize the importance of behavioral changes as a tool against tooth decay.



More Work Needed Toward Cavity Prevention In Children

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Kentucky

Fluoridation has been state-mandated in Kentucky for decades.  Yet, According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky has the third highest tooth loss rate in the nation among older adults, and Kentuckians of all ages are facing vast oral health problems. An assessment of the commonwealth’s dental health found that half of Kentucky's children had decay in their primary teeth and more than 46 percent of children ages 2 - 4 had untreated dental problems—more than twice the national average.



 http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150316005963/en/Anthem-Blue-Cross-Blue-Shield-Kentucky-Expands#.VQcuHY7F-2E

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Virginia

Virginia is 96% fluoridated. "The dental needs of thousands in Virginia are acute..."



"One participant divulged that she had been using an Emery board to file
her teeth prior to receiving care. Another outlined how she had been
saving up over years to pay the several hundreds of dollars needed for
tooth extractions prior to being able to apply for dentures."



 Multiple charities donate dental services to those in need on Peninsula - Daily Press:

Friday, March 06, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Ohio

Ohio is 92% fluoridated but  "Dental care has been called Ohio's greatest unmet health need,"



 Ohio Medicaid Patients Struggle To Find Dentists - Topix

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Salina, Kansas

Salina, Kansas is fluoridated: Mission of Mercy helps 1,400 dental patients  volunteers performed $1.2 million in dental work for 1,400 patients.

"We extracted 3,118 teeth, did 1,466 fillings and treated 171 children," Reed said.

Some patients were turned away Friday, all patients were seen Saturday, she said

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fluoridation Failing Wisconsin

Access to dental care still a problem for low-income people in Wisconsin: In 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available, emergency departments at Wisconsin hospitals saw 27,741 patients who were in pain because of dental problems, such as abscesses — an average of 533 a week.  Wisconsin is 89% fluoridated.



Most of the visits stem from the limited access to dental care for
people who are covered by BadgerCare Plus, the state's largest Medicaid
program, or for people who are uninsured. And advocates and dentists
alike express little hope that the well-documented and longstanding
problem will improve anytime soon.





A January 2014 report by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services found:







Four out of 10 adults had at least one
permanent tooth removed
because of tooth decay or gum disease, with
missing teeth more common among people with low incomes.



■Among people who live in households with
incomes below $20,000, 60% had at least one permanent tooth removed,
compared with 26% for people with household incomes of more than $75,000
after adjusting for age.



One in three African-American, Latino or
Asian children in third grade had untreated tooth decay
, compared with
one in six for white children.



This is more evidence that fluoridation is unable to bridge the oral health disparity caused by poverty and poor diets.

Friday, January 23, 2015

UNtreated tooth decay afflicts 72% of Native American Youth

Native American youth – roughly 62,000 kids here in Washington – don’t have adequate access to oral health care. It is unacceptable that 72 percent of native youth like me have untreated tooth decay. We deserve access to quality, equitable oral health care.

 Backs dental therapists to improve health care | Letters to the Editor | The Bellingham Herald:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

People Asking for Funds for Dental Care

Dental care has become so expensive, that at least 953 people are asking for funds to get their teeth fixed at a site that was set up to fund projects.

http://www.gofundme.com/Medical-Illness-Healing?term=dental







Monday, January 12, 2015

Berks County Medical Society - Hot Topics Archive

 From 37.3% (non-hispanic white high income children) to 70.5% (Mexican American low income children) of five year olds in the US in 2000 had evidence of decay when examined.  Berks County Medical Society - Hot Topics Archive:

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Poor people face dental dilemma - Kamloops Daily News

 People who are homeless or on seniors' pension or welfare can have a difficult time getting dental care, says the retired dentist who deals with all of them at the New Life Mission's clinic.

Dr. Holly Schweiger said he hears stories every day about people who can't find a dentist to fix their teeth because they have no money, or those same people face long waits to get care or are treated badly.

"We have 83 dentists in town and only about two or three will even look at those of the marginalized society," he said Wednesday.



 Poor people face dental dilemma - City & Region - Kamloops Daily News:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Kentucky

Fluoridation has been state-mandated in Kentucky for a very long time.  But one in five preschoolers screened by the health department’s oral health program have tooth decay, and the number jumps to half of second-graders.Protect baby teeth and prevent decay :

Monday, December 15, 2014

Australian Teeth Getting Worse Despite Fluoridation

90% of Australians are served fluoridated water. But " Australian Teeth Are Getting Worse."


A recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found that Australians’
dental health has not improved. There’s been a rise in the average number of children’s baby teeth affected by decay and an increase in the number of adults reporting adverse oral health.
Nearly half of all children aged 12 years had decay in their permanent teeth.
Over one-third of adults had untreated decay, more than 50% of people aged 65 years and more had
gum disease and one in five had complete tooth loss.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kids need extensive dental care in fluoridated Key West

Key West, Florida, is fluoridated. Yet, "A six-year-old girl in Key West needs $10,000 worth of dental work, and a nine-year-old boy stopped smiling two years ago when kids at school started making fun of two discolored teeth."



Rotary program saves smiles | KeysNews.com: All money raised at the rotary club's annual Help a Child Smile
golf tournament, scheduled for Jan. 18 at the Key West Golf Club, is
used to pay local dentists who treat local children.




 But funds have dwindled, and the Rotary Club currently has a waiting list of children hoping to see a dentist before their smile is forever replaced by the sullen look of a child in pain. 



 "There are so many kids that we have to prioritize, but you
know the pain for each child is getting worse every week, and we really
want to focus on preventive medicine."




The Rotary
Club recently began sending dentists and hygienists into schools to
conduct preliminary, non-invasive dental screenings.




"We
sent out 300 permission slips to at-risk kids, printed in English,
Spanish and Creole," Hirsch said. "We got 70 slips back, so we were able
to screen 70 kids. These are kids whose families can barely pay their
rent, not to mention annual dental check-ups."




For
information, or to make a donation, visit the Key
West Rotary Club's
dental fund online at helpachildsmilekw.org or email Hirsch at kwdentalfundtournament@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dental Health Deteriorating Despite Fluoridation & Fluoridated Dental Products

Concern for oral care is increasing due to rising prevalence of tooth decay, periodontal diseases, tooth erosion, and tooth sensitivity



 Electric Operated Dental Drill Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast to 2020 - Press Release - Digital Journal: