Monday, April 19, 2010

Steamboat Today: VNA: Children's dental care substandard

Steamboat Springs, most of Routt County and 74% of Colorado is fluoridated:

... an estimated 66 percent of Routt County third-graders in the 2006-07 school year had a history of cavities, compared with about 57 percent statewide. Nearly 32 percent of those third-graders had untreated tooth decay, Birch said, compared with less than 25 percent statewide.

“Thirty to 50 percent of our kids have serious dental disease,” she told the City Council. “This is 2010, and we’re seeing Third World conditions right here.”

She added that Routt County fails to meet any standard oral health measure.

“Most of the time, we get (children) into the clinic because they have an abscess, toothache, there’s something significant going wrong — that’s usually what prompts the visit,” Pearcey said. “The schools call a lot of times — it can come from a lot of different sources.”