Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Michigan

90.2% of Michigan is fluoridated where

  • More than one-third of all Michigan seniors have lost six or more natural teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease. Low-income seniors are more than three times as likely to have lost six or more teeth from tooth decay and/or gum disease. 
  •  Sixty-six percent of third-graders in the Upper Peninsula had a history of dental decay in their primary and/or permanent teeth, compared with 56 percent statewide. 
  • Years of studies, reports and task forces show us there is no one
    solution to this problem. But one strategy that hasn't been tried in
    Michigan yet is adding mid-level dental providers to our state's
    workforce to expand access to care.

 Commentary: Allowing 'dental therapists' in Michigan will expand access to oral care |