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.


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.


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.

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."

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:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fluoridation Fails the US

Emergency department (ED) use for dental care has been a growing problem in the United
States, particularly for young adults. From 2000 through 2010, utilization of dental services
in EDs has steadily risen for young adults ages 21-34. Other studies also documented an
increase in dental ED utilization over the last decade. Dental ED visits are growing as a
percentage of all ED visits. In 2010, it was estimated that it costs up to $2.1 billion to treat
dental ED visits


Saturday, November 01, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Ireland

In Ireland, where fluoridation is mandated country-wide,  Irish dental surgeries are "brimming" with children showing signs of irreparable tooth decay

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Australia

Ninety percent of Australians are served fluoridated water. Yet: TOOTH
decay in children is steadily on the rise, with half of all Australian
six-year-olds suffering from tooth decay in their baby teeth.

Fluoridation Fails San Antonio, Texas

In fluoridated San Antonio: 

People in pain line up for free dental clinic

A day before the free dental treatment event opened, a crowd was on hand at the Convention Center. Families, couples and lone patients stood in a line that snaked around the building, seeking relief from throbbing pain, headaches and gum disease.
When the doors opened that early Sunday morning of Oct. 12, 938 dentists, hygienists, assistants, community workers and students were ready to tend to the crowd's needs.
From 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., volunteers from 36 states and 10 countries cared for the patients at the 2014 Mission of Mercy,

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fluoridation Fails West Virginia

West Virginia is 91% fluoridated

Oral health continues to be a major health issue in West Virginia:
  • By Age 8 - 38% of school-aged children have untreated dental decay, 66% have had at least one cavity. 1
  • 84% of school age children have dental cavities by high school graduation. 2
  • 37.5% of adults over 65 have lost all of their teeth. (Kaiser State Health Facts) 3


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Minnesota

Dental Therapy: Evolving in Minnesota's Safety Net: Davis et al.[11] found that in a single year patients made more than 10 000 emergency department visits to 5 major hospital systems in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area. These patients incurred total charges of $5 million for dental issues such as toothaches and abscesses.

Minneapolis and St Paul Minnesota are fluoridated.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Fluoridation Fails New York Ctiy Higher Income Folks, too

New York City is 100% fluoridated. Yet, family troubles are  tied to Poorer Dental Health

For the new study, Lorber and his colleagues analyzed 135 married or
cohabiting heterosexual couples and their elementary school-aged
children. They were mostly white, with an average annual income of

On average, women had 3.5
additional dental cavities and men had 5.3 additional cavities for every
above-average statistical increase in their partners’ noxious behavior
toward them, the investigators found. Children had an average of 1.9
additional cavities for every above-average increase in their mothers’
emotional aggression toward their partners.

Lorber noted that in addition
to disrupting healthy eating and oral health routines, noxious family
environments may also impact the immune system, potentially leading to
greater tooth decay.

“Maybe if you’re fighting like
cats and dogs, you’re neglecting your teeth … or eating more sugar and
carbs,” he said. “Certainly the immune system is also known not to
function as well in hostile families. It’s another way the family
environment might impact oral health.”

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Delaware

Fluoridation is required by the state in Delaware:

 Low income? Dental care hard to come by

The cost to taxpayers has been a major obstacle to expanding the state's subsidized dental benefits, said Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, D-Middletown, chair of the state Senate Health Committee.

Hall-Long introduced two bills in the 147th Legislative session that specifically addressed that need for subsidized adult dental care in Delaware, but they failed to make it to the Senate floor.

State budget officials then estimated the expansion would cost $6.2 million a year for about 216,000 beneficiaries.