Monday, June 02, 2008

Maryland Daily Record

Maryland Daily Record:

In fluoridated Paducah, Kentucky, "'I have memories of 10 or 12 times when I panicked when I saw the child,' said Dr. Beverly A. Largent, a dentist specializing in children's teeth for 23 years in the rural Kentucky town of Paducah. Especially in poor urban and rural areas nationwide, children often only get dental care when the pain and swelling are too much to bear, she said.

'I have seen children with their eyes swollen shut,' said Largent, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. A week ago she was in the hospital treating a child with multiple cavities when she got an emergency call from a mother whose child's face was swollen and had to be taken to the emergency room."