Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
“'Poor oral health remains a serious national health problem,' says Garth Graham, deputy assistant secretary for minority health."
"Ministry of Health 2008 dental statistics for NZ show no benefit from fluoridation. This mirrors research published last year by the American Dental Association, also showing no benefit, from a study of 39,000 US children.
The average Decayed Missing or Filled Teeth (DMFT) is 0.93 in Wellington and Auckland, in both fluoridated in non-fluoridates areas. The percent of children 'caries-free' (without any tooth decay) is 63% in non-fluoridated areas - 1% better than the fluoridated ones, though this is statistically meaningless.
For the rest of NZ, the figures are 44% and 45% caries-free respectively. And the difference in DMFT - 1 tenth (in practice, 1 tenth of a filling). 'This is clinically meaningless, and less than annual variations' says Mark Atkin of Fluoridation-Free NZ Coalition."
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
After 65 years of U.S. water fluoridation, 55 years of fluoridated toothpaste, and a huge amount of fluoridated dental products applied to and ingested by virtually every American: "Millions of children in America suffer in pain from untreated dental problems, affecting their ability to eat, sleep and learn."
"One out of four children in America is born into poverty, and children living below the poverty line (annual income of $20,000 for a family of four) have more severe and untreated decay. These poor, non-poor differences continue into adolescence."
Schools to offer students dental care- The Register Citizen News - Northwest Connecticut's Daily Newspaper
Monday, April 19, 2010
... 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.”
Virginia is 95% fluoridated:
"“One person had tried to extract two teeth by using pliers and actually broke the teeth off,” she said. “It was an eye-opener.”"
“A lot of people in Wise wanted to have their teeth just all pulled out because there wasn’t any dentist around and that way they wouldn’t have problems with teeth going bad,” Ms. Harte said. “We saw some of the same thing. It’s sad, but that’s the way it is.”
“People, especially in rural areas, are not just not getting dental care, they’re not getting medical care, either,” Ms. Harte said. “We had people from all over the state show up. Most of them were working folks between 20 and 50 years old. They had jobs and sometimes several jobs, but they said they showed up because they couldn’t get work done on their teeth. They couldn’t afford it and didn’t have dental insurance. Free care is available to kids through schools and other programs, but not for adults.”
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
'I just think it needs to be where people can afford it, says Robbie Rhoden, it was gonna cost me 3 grand... my wife got it done for a thousand in the Philippines, same procedure.'"
Sunday, April 04, 2010
West Virginia is 92% fluoridated:
Dental Caries (Tooth Decay) Experience Percentages
Children, age eight years 65.6%
Adolescents, age 15 years 66.0%
Untreated Caries (Tooth Decay)
Children, age eight years 35.5%
Adolescents, age 15 years 32.9%