Saturday, October 17, 2009

Healthier teeth | | The Courier-Journal

Healthier teeth | | The Courier-Journal:

"A New York Times article in 2007, headlined “In Kentucky's Teeth, Toll of Neglect and Poverty,” painted a dismal portrait. It said, for example, that half the people of Eastern Kentucky didn't have health insurance and that fewer than half of Kentucky's dentists regularly accepted Medicaid. So no surprise: Kentucky leads the nation in the number of people 65 and over with missing teeth. And nearly half of Kentucky's children ages 2-4, a survey found in 2001, had tooth decay."

Fluoridation is state-mandated in Kentucky. Kentucky spending even more money on tooth care:
"The effort will be financed by $1.6 million in federal grants, matched with state resources."