Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
A 2001 study found that nearly 40 percent of Kentucky children had never seen a dentist and that
half the state’s children had decay in their primary teeth. The governor also pointed out that only 28 of the state’s 120 counties have pediatric dentists.
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Friday, March 19, 2010
In Illinois, where fluoridation is state-mandated: "55 percent of third graders have experienced cavities, 30 percent have untreated cavities, and four percent have urgent treatment needs. In Cook County, 64 percent of third graders have experienced cavities and 38 percent have untreated cavities."
49% of people in Illinois, over 65, have lost six or more teeth due to decay or gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control
Friday, March 12, 2010
So many people showed up for a free dental clinic in Middletown on Friday morning that dentists starting seeing patients before the doors were even scheduled to open.
Lines started forming at 7 p.m. on Thursday night for a clinic that was to open at 8 a.m. on Friday and so many people showed up that doors opened at 7 a.m. and the clinic had already reached capacity.
There is a big need in this state, where one million people lack dental insurance. People waiting said they are having problems finding work or finding work that provides dental insurance, so the free dental care helps.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Report shows 1 in 3 South Dakota children has untreated tooth decay - Black Hills South Dakota News & Video Health & Medical on Black Hills Today
"The study found that decay in the permanent teeth of children of 12 to 15 years of age was seen in 40 and 57 percent of the children. There was tooth decay in five or six permanent teeth of 10 percent of teenagers.
In children aged six, almost half of them had tooth decay with an average of 2 baby teeth affected. In children of four to six years old, the decay was found in more than 9 of their baby teeth."
Monday, March 01, 2010
"Florida exceeds treatment targets in only two of eight areas: the percentage of residents receiving fluoridated water (77.7 percent) and the fact dentists are reimbursed for preventative care."
"Dawson, who works as a legal assistant in Fort Myers, said she cannot afford the $1,100 monthly premiums for private insurance.
She said her children have developed a number of cavities and one had a dangerous tooth abscess that later had to be treated at a hospital."