Sunday, January 15, 2006 | Latest News: "'Mommy can't afford to take you to the dentist.'

Dallas, Texas is fluoridated

"But in Dallas recently:

•A toddler with a mouthful of cavities went untreated because a community clinic was not equipped to sedate her and her mother couldn't afford to take her elsewhere.

•A 9-year-old with nine cavities planned nine visits to a low-cost clinic, because even there her parents could afford to treat only one tooth at a time.

•An 8-year-old, who lost Medicaid coverage when his mother began work, returned to the dentist when he complained of pain and needed five fillings and three teeth removed."