Monday, October 31, 2005
Then he started working in the predominantly minority area of Codman Square in Dorchester, MA, finding notable numbers of young children with major dental problems. Some had teeth rotted to the gum, he said. Others had life-threatening abscesses that required hospitalization."
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Saturday, October 22, 2005
"“It doesn’t matter how much fluoride is in the water if they’re getting a poor diet of sugar and soda.” She cringes when she sees parents giving small children soda from their bottle or a can, and tells parents that bad teeth do not run in a family, but that bad habits do."
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Tennesse is 96% fluoridated:
"What is the state of the oral health of Tennesseans?
Very poor. Tennessee consistently gets a C- on its Oral Health Report Card due to the lack of services for low-income children and the elderly. In fact, 35 percent of all retired Tennesseans have lost every one of their natural teeth."
"Two to three times a week, the 79-year-old retired dentist joins a mobile dentistry team called Educare, which travels to area elementary schools. Rozzell said the purpose of the state-funded program is to provide dental services and oral hygiene education to indigent children. Rozzell said he is able to clean teeth, apply sealants, fill cavities and even perform extractions if needed.
“We have seen an 85 percent reduction in decay among these children since we started,” Rozzell said. "
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Gainesville, Florida, where the Florida School of Dentistry is located, is fluoridated since 1949:
"Dr. Daniela Rodrigues Silva, an assistant professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Florida's School of Dentistry, says her experience in treating young patients bears out those numbers. 'Unfortunately, we've seen a humongous increase in cavities among those young patients at our clinic,' Silva says.
She cites the case of a 4-year-old girl she recently encountered while screening children for a Head Start program. Silva found cavities in all 20 of the girl's primary teeth."
"The CDC reported a 5 percent increase in cavities among children ages 2 to 5, with particularly large increases among white, non-Hispanic children (15 percent) and children living in households below the federal poverty level (13 percent)."
Monday, October 03, 2005
The result is that only about 0.5 percent of total Medicaid spending is on dental services, the group adds."