Saturday, October 30, 2004 - Health - Healthcast: Low-Income Dental Options:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is fluoridated:

"The lack of access to a dentist and dental health insurance is said to be a bigger problem.
Dr. Maged Khedr, dentist: 'The worst cases that we've seen is dental infections related to delay in treatment.'
Dentists say delayed treatment means 52 percent of all children experience tooth decay before the age of 8. That figure jumps to 78 percent at age 17. The majority are low-income children."

Thursday, October 28, 2004

The Tooth Fairy Gets a New ACT for the 21st Century With Help From Finola Hughes and Dentist Lana Rozenberg:

"Surprisingly, two-thirds of all adults 35-44 will actually lose a
permanent tooth due to a cavity."

Saturday, October 23, 2004

L.A. Daily News - Santa Clarita:
Santa Clarita is in Los Angeles County which is fluoridated but:

"In just a few hours, dozens of cavities would be filled, molars would be capped, gums would get a little more rejuvenated, and that little string called floss was introduced as a mouth's best friend.
For about 120 children, Friday marked the beginning of their oral health needs as the Foundation for Children's Dental Health hosted a special clinic for local, pre-screened children to receive free dental services."

"'It opens your eyes to the dental care needed out there,'Ho said."

" The Foundation for Children's Dental Health was started locally in 1994 by people who saw children suffering from lack of dental care"
Santa Monica:

"Water Fluoridation System Project (SP-1951)
Engineer's Estimate:$900,000 to $1,200,000"

Friday, October 22, 2004

Santa Cruz (California) City Council candidates discuss agendas at forum By SHANNA McCORD SENTINEL STAFF WRITER October 22, 2004:

"All candidates except Kennedy said they would fight state officials in mandating flouride addition to city drinking water."
Standard Front Page:

"Joe Wall, an Arkansas water operator, who in 1997 while repairing a pump was sprayed on the hands and chest with hydrofluosilicic acid, part of the fluoridation process, and has suffered ill health since.
'I was asked if I was in the Gulf War,' Wall said, when he shared his symptoms of stomach problems and bone and teeth loss with physicians while seeking treatment."

Saturday, October 16, 2004

The Telegraph:

Fluoridation is required in all Illinois water supplies:

"Ann Boyle, dean of the School of Dental Medicine, said many people would be shocked if they realized the seriousness of the problem with youth tooth decay.

'It�s hard to believe,' Boyle said.

She said that behind each child with poor dental hygiene is usually an uneducated parent who struggles to make ends meet.

Such children often have broken-down teeth that keep them from eating properly, and they develop toothaches that keep them from sleeping at home and concentrating at school. In some cases, serious decay can lead to infections that demand emergency care. "

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

16% of Nebraska's 0-5 year-olds were found to have untreated tooth decay

Nebraska 78% fluoridated with an extensive dental health preventive program
The Ecologist:

"More worrying still is the fact that every tube of family toothpaste contains a lethal dose of fluoride"

"in the US the government regulator the Food and Drug Administration requires their packaging to include health warnings and information on contacting local poisons control officers in the event of ingestion."

Sunday, October 10, 2004

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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Study points to lack of dental care:

"At the Peninsula Christian Free Clinic in Newport News - one of the few places offering free dental care - 70 percent of patients come to see a dentist rather than a doctor, said Scott Golrich, the clinic's dental director. Many have teeth rotted to the gums and tartar buildup a half-inch thick, he said. One patient had poured glue on her decaying teeth to fight pain.

Groups that try to fill the gaps are overwhelmed. The Peninsula Institute for Community Health, which offers low-cost dental services in Newport News, has had to close to new patients several times, said Edwina Gary, the institute's chief executive officer. The clinic gets 250 to 300 visits a month, and lab work and equipment are expensive."
Study points to lack of dental care:

Virginia is 93% fluoridated

"... tens of thousands of residents have lost five or more teeth because of infections or deep cavities. At Sentara hospitals alone, about 1,500 uninsured dental patients a year land in the emergency room."
The region's looming health crisis:

"Poor nutrition threatens everything from children's immune systems to their dental health."

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Democrat & Chronicle::

Rochester, New York, is fluoridated

"Dentists report cases of prolonged, severe tooth pain and swelling among Rochester's poor � cases that, left untreated, could result in worse health problems, such as infections and loss of teeth."

Friday, October 01, 2004

Local News - Norwich Bulletin -

"Across the country, an estimated 4 to 5 million children have dental problems severe enough to wake up with a toothache or fail to sleep because of one" (not because of lack of fluoride; but because of lack of dentists who care)

Norwich, Connecticut, is fluoridated

"There are teenagers attending Norwich Free Academy who never have seen a dentist.

A $393,587 donation from the Backus Foundation will help them smile"