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 | MLive.com:

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,

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Australia

Australia is 70% fluoridated

More than 1400 children under five are now being admitted to NSW hospitals each year to have teeth pulled or crowns inserted under general anaesthetic.
That is a rate of 312 per 100,000 children, 152 per cent more than the 124.1 per 100,000 in 1989-1990.
More than 5200 children under 14 go under general anaesthetic for dental work in NSW hospitals each year.
“We have gone backwards. After years of improvement from the 1960s and early 1970s with fluoridation, Australia’s children are worse off,” Australian Dental Association spokesman Dr Peter Alldritt said.
“More than half of Australian children by the age of six have tooth decay and almost half of 12-year-olds have experienced decay in their permanent teeth.
“We are calling on the federal government to implement a sugar tax. Frequent consumption of sugar on a regular basis is the No. 1 cause of tooth decay.”
Sydney paediatric dentist Dr Philippa Sawyer said she had seen cases in which all of a child’s baby teeth had to be surgically removed.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Minnesota

Thousands of Minnesotans go without regular dental care - StarTribune.com

 Some 400,000 preschoolers turned up at Minnesota
hospitals with severe oral complaints from 2007 to 2012, according to the
Minnesota Department of Health. Overall, Minnesotans racked up $80 million in
hospital bills over five years for oral care that could have been avoided by
regular dental visits.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Seniors

POINT OF VIEW: Seniors key to talks about dental plans for poor | www.palmbeachpost.com:

Florida is 78% fluoridated, Yet, "Nearly one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay."


Saturday, January 23, 2016

91% of Am-Indian & AK-native 3rd graders have tooth decay

 “According to the Indian Health Service, American Indian and Alaska Native preschoolers have the highest levels of tooth decay in the U.S.,” says a press release from the Miss Native American USA Organization. “By grade three, 91 percent of American Indian and Alaskan Native children have experienced tooth decay and 72 percent have unfilled cavities.

 Miss Native American Plays Tooth Fairy - ICTMN.com:

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tooth Decay "Staggering" in fluoridated Colorado

In Colorado, the public health numbers are staggering. Tooth decay affects about 40-percent of kindergartners and 55-percent of third graders. Colorado is 72.4% fluoridated Tackling poor dental health in Colorado kids

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Knox County, Tennessee

Despite decades of fluoridation, dental health is getting worse in Knox County, Tennessee. Tooth loss is trending upwards where 21.4% of adults over 65 are toothless (35% of blacks; 29% of whites) 

In 2014, 43.8% of all adults had at least one tooth extracted due to infections - up from 41.7% in 2008

In 2014, 8.6% of all adults had all teeth extracted - Up from 6.7% in 2008.

In 2014, 21.4% of adults 65 and older had all their teeth extracted -  up from 20.3% in 2008


Monday, December 14, 2015

Fluoride Fails American Indians


By the age of 36 months, dental caries is nearly universal in this population of American Indian children. Caries risk factors included sugared beverage consumption, greater household size, and maternal factors.

 Factors associated with dental caries in a group of American Indian children at age 36 months. - PubMed - NCBI:

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Wisconsin Children


Campaign launched in  Eau Claire County to decrease tooth decay in children

In response to the increasing number of young children with tooth decay, the action team released a webinar session for medical professionals about how they can play a vital role in tooth decay prevention in young children.
According to the 2010 Burden of Oral Disease in Wisconsin, about 25 % of Wisconsin’s Head Start children ages three and four have untreated decay and 33% have had cavities and now have fillings.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

NIH Protects Sugar Industry Over Children's Teeth

About 42% of children in the US have some decay in their baby (primary) teeth.

In the 1970's, the sugar industry encouraged the NIH to design research projects that, instead of looking at sugar, focused on:
 NIH Protects Sugar Industry Over Children's Teeth:

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Ireland

In Ireland, where fluoridation is mandated country-wide, "The Irish Dental Association (IDA) said that up to 10,000 children under the age of 15 are being hospitalized in Ireland each year to have teeth extracted under general anesthetic."


Friday, October 02, 2015

Fluoridation Fails American Indians

Oregon Looks North for Lessons about Expanding Dental Access to Reservation Communities

Native Americans have the highest rates of oral diseases in the United States. A report published in April by the Indian Health Service said that more than half of American Indians and Alaska Natives between the ages of one and five have experienced tooth decay; a rate that is more than four times higher than white non-Hispanic children.
“This disparity exists in spite of the implementation of dental decay prevention programs by IHS and Tribes, including fluoridation of community water systems, the use of topical fluorides and dental sealants, and oral health educational programs for children and parents,” according to the IHS Data Service brief by Kathy R. Phipps, Dr. P.H. and Timothy L. Ricks, D.M.D., M.P.H.
One of their key findings is that American Indian and Alaska Native preschool children do not receive enough dental care.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Georgia

Dental Visits Decline As Dental Emergency Room Visits Rise

In Georgia there were about 60,000 visits to Georgia emergency rooms for "non-traumatic" dental problems – oral health issues not caused by injuries. That cost more than $23 million (2007).[i] According to Capaldo, the problem is not a lack of capacity in the system. Most dentists in Georgia have the ability to see more patients. Rather, patients face barriers to getting needed care such as fear of the dentist, time off work and cost, according to a news release from the Georgia Dental Association.  Georgia is 96% fluoridated.


in a state with about 4,700 dentists, only about 1,600 take Medicaid, and still many of those aren't taking new Medicaid patients. The problem is most acute outside Metro Atlanta.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Australia

Even with the application of water fluoridation in Australia for over half a century, tooth decay is still considered by the Australian Dental Associationas one of the country's most prevalent diseases.  The problem is that fluoride fails to address the core reason  of why tooth decay occurs: our diet.  
Dental decay has only existed in its contemporary form for about 200 years, or since the turn of the industrial revolution.  This is when you can pinpoint the introduction of large-scale delivery of refined grains into our diet.  It's also where our diets transformed from consumption of local produce to the global business that food is today.   
Before this, archeological records show that humans lived for thousands of years without the significant presence of any dental disease.  In the animal kingdom tooth decay is equally rare.  The unsettling reality is that tooth decay is a disease of human civilisation and while fluoride has applications in treatment, it's by no means the silver bullet.   

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Fluoridation Fails US

Jeffrey Wood, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California, cited that about 40 to 50 percent kindergarten students in the United States suffer from tooth decay. As a result, in California, government has required students to undergo oral health exams prior to attending school. According to Wood, this was an important first step in addressing oral health concerns of children at a young


 40% Of US Children Affected By Tooth Decay: Home Remedies For Oral Health Problems - Health Aim:

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fluoridation Fails a Kansas City

Olathe, Kansas is fluoridated "Of the 339 children treated in school by dental hygiene students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 63 percent had tooth decay"

 Kansas Town Takes Dental Care To School : Shots - Health News : NPR

Fluoridation Fails Australia & New Zealand

"Dentists in Australia and New Zealand are seeing a dramatic increase in young children, some as young as just eighteen months old, needing to have multiple decayed and rotten teeth removed."

 Dentists Blame Junk Food and Sugary Drinks for Tooth Decay in Young Children:

Most of Australia and New Zealand is fluoridated.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fluoridation Fails the Poor

In Kentucky where fluoridation is state mandated, "His county experiences some of the highest rates of child tooth decay in the nation. At the elementary school in [fluoridated] Hindman, Kentucky, for example, UK's dental outreach program, the Eastern Kentucky Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, found that 65 percent of kindergarten through second grade (K-2) students were in need of urgent dental care or showed early signs of tooth decay.

 "You get tired of going to a restaurant to eat
and seeing a young girl or boy working
that just graduated a year or two ago and they won't even look up at you because
they hardly have teeth.
It's frustrating as an educator."

 Bright Smiles, Brighter Futures 

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,”