Tooth decay: a sad national epidemic caused by lack of dentists who care and not a fluoride need. Extensive lobbying, political maneuvering and expensive public relations campaigns by organized dentistry sway legislators to add fluoride chemicals into public water supplies, 2/3 of which already are, to benefit those whom dentists neglect. Protecting their high-salaried monopoly, dentists lobby against dental groups offering quality, cheaper fixes. Fluoride product makers benefit most.
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.
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.
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.
Florida is 78% fluoridated, Yet, "Nearly one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay."
"The listing of dentists for basic dental
services (one to two cleanings per year, X-rays) in each plan may
include 20 dentists. But calling any listed provider reveals that
perhaps 10 percent accept adults. The rest serve only children. Frail,
impaired, under-educated and other seniors are not able to maneuver the
system to find out how to proceed."
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.
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 https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2680571-CHA-Print-2015.html
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 itscontemporary formfor
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.
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.
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
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."
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
"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
This is all while the overall oral health of San Francisco’s children has improved over the past decade."
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.
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."
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.