Thursday, July 15, 2010

Millions of children go
to bed in pain every night

After 65 years of water fluoridation in the U.S., "Millions of children go
to bed in dental pain every night," because dentists prefer to treat the water of low-income people rather than their teeth.

York, Pennsylvania is fluoridated: "Imagine 8-year-old Antron’s fear when a
dentist doing screenings at his York, Pennsylvania,
elementary school discovers
he has a mouthful of cavities, four
teeth that are so broken down by decay
they must be extracted, and several
abscesses. Brushing his teeth only every
other day didn’t help, but his parents were
never taught the importance of caring
for baby teeth. He didn’t complain about
any tooth pain, but underserved children
generally don’t. They are very stoic and
most often suffer in silence."

"Millions of American children like
Antron are at risk for lifelong health problems
and even death from a 100 percent
preventable disease. Consider this: pediatric
dental disease increases insurance
and medical costs for everyone; decreases
work productivity; and causes millions of
missed school hours every year. Untreated,
it results in malnourishment in children
who cannot eat properly, causes parents
to overmedicate their children for pain,
and sends them too frequently to hospital