Friday, February 05, 2021

Fluoridation Fails Marin County, California

 Marin County, California, where drinking water supplies are fluoridated in large parts of the county 

Marin Pediatric Dentist reports "I have personally noted a worrisome increase in tooth decay in toddlers and preschoolers in my practice. It is not uncommon to see 2, 3 and 4-year-olds with such extensive decay that they need general anesthesia or sedatives to complete their care safely and predictably."

Friday, February 28, 2020

Fluoridation Fails Illinois

In Illinois, where fluoridation has been state-mandated for decades, 52% of 3rd graders had cavities (59% of poor kids vs 42% non-poor). Tooth decay is still a significant public health problem affecting Illinois children, according to the Healthy Smiles Healthy Growth 2013-2014 report issued February 2020

This despite 50% having at least one dental sealant present in a permanent molar. The presence of dental sealants in third graders has almost doubled in the last decade. 

Further, The proportion of children affected by untreated decay differs for racial/ethnic minority groups as well as for children from low income families in Illinois. Overall, 19% of White, 21% of Latino, 27% of Asian, and 29% of African American third graders are affected by untreated decay. In the same way, 26% of children eligible for Free and Reduce Meal Program (FRMP) had untreated decay as compared to 16% of non-eligible children.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Fluoridation Fails Australia

Despite "An increased percentage of the Australian population with access to optimal levels of fluoridated water (69.1% in 2003 to 82.2% in 2012)... since the mid-1990s, the rate of tooth decay among children has increased in some states and territories."
"According to the Child Dental Health Survey 2009, 51% of six-year old children and 45% of 12-year-olds experience tooth decay."

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Fluoridation Fails California 2020

Fluoridation is state-mandated in California . Yet, "54 percent of kindergartners and 70 percent of third graders have experienced cavities, and nearly one-third of children have untreated tooth decay, according to a report by the California Department of Public Health." #fluoride4health75 ?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Fluoridation Failed NC Kindergarteners

In 88% fluoridated, North Carolina " more than 38% of children entering kindergarten have already experienced tooth decay, according to the state Department of Health and Humans Services...these rates almost double in some racial, rural and low-income communities"

Friday, October 18, 2019

Fluoridation Fails North Carolina

In 88% fluoridated North Carolina the rate of emergency department dental visits is more than twice the national average, and is the fastest growing compared to other southeastern states. Additionally, from October 2017 to September 2018, 94% fluoridated South Carolina emergency departments reported more than 31,000 visits for disorders of the teeth and jaw, resulting in nearly $43.5 million in charges.

The Duke Endowment, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and another funder have decided to commit more than $35 million in a major multi-faceted push to improve oral health in the Carolinas.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fluoridation Fails Illinois

In Illinois, where fluoridation has been state-mandated for decades, "Nearly 40% of Illinois elementary school children miss school because of cavities or other oral health problems."

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

fluoridation fails western australia

In Western Australia, where the water is fluoridated, 1/3 of kids have cavities “WA continues to see children aged 0-4 years presenting to emergency departments for dental reasons and high numbers of dental hospitalisations,”

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Fluoridation Fails the United States

After 7 decades of water fluoridation celebrated as benefiting poor people who can't afford dental care, CDC statistics shows that tooth loss among America's poorest is more than double that of the more affluent

21% of US adults, 65 and older, earning  $50,000 or more a year lost 6 or more teeth due to
 tooth decay or gum disease compared to 58% of the Nation's poorest

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Fluoridation Fails Chicago

In fluoridated Chicago "63% of third-graders have dental caries, and over half of those caries are untreated."

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Fluoridation fails Collier County, Florida

Fluoridated Collier County, Florida, "has much higher prevalence of caries experience and untreated cavities that[sic] state of Florida and nearly all other states." according to this poster presentation at the 2019 National Oral Health Conference 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Fluoridation Fails Michigan

Michigan is 92% fluoridated

1. Tooth decay is a significant public health problem in Michigan. More than 1 in 3 Michigan Head Start children (35%) has already experienced tooth decay at an early age.

2. Almost 1 out of 4 Head Start children (22%) in Michigan have untreated tooth decay demonstrating that many children are not getting the dental care they need.

3. About 5 percent of Michigan’s Head Start children are in need of urgent dental care because of pain or infection. If applied to the number of low-income 3-5 year olds in Michigan, more than 9,500 young children aged 3-5 years may be experiencing pain or infection due to dental disease on any given day.

4. Compared to all U.S. children aged 3-5 years, Michigan’s low-income Head Start children have a significantly higher prevalence of untreated decay and a significantly lower prevalence of protective dental sealants. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Fluoridation Fails Minnesota's Poor

Low-income Minnesota families struggle to get dental care | Minnesota Public Radio |

Minnesota, fluoridation is state mandated. Dentists promise it helps
poor children. But only 36% of Medicaid enrollees receive dental care
because most dentists won't treat poor people or Medicaid patients.
Fluoridation gives the illusion that fluoridation promoting dentists
care about the low income folks who aren't welcomed in their dental

Their motto "Let Them Eat Fluoride"

Instead of  fluoridation saving money, advocates are asking for  tens of millions more dollars toward childhood dental needs.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Fluoridation Fails Illiinois

In Illinois, where fluoridation is state mandated:  " According to the recent statewide oral health assessment report “Oral Health in Illinois,” poor oral health is one of the most pressing, unmet health care issues facing Illinois children today. The report found that one-third of Illinois children in rural areas have untreated tooth decay, and that Illinois children living in poverty are five times more likely to have fair or poor oral health."

 Delta Dental donates $1 million to SIU School of Dental Medicine - Laredo Morning Times:

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Toothless in Virginia - Fluoridation Fails

Toothless in Virginia which is 96% fluoridated:

Despite fluoridation, Americans Are Facing Dental Nightmares - "People die in this country of disease from dental infection. That's terrible," says Brock. "When you get an acute infection, it can go to the brain - it can lead to diabetes, it can lead to heart disease. People do die in this country because they can't afford to go to the dentist."
The country that is the home of the Hollywood smile and sets a global standard in dental perfection, a country where people spend more than $1bn on teeth whitening products every year, is also one where millions worry about how to treat a toothache or an infection.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fluoridation Fails Australia

Australia fails its oral health check-up: Australia has failed its first national oral health check-up, with data showing more than 90 per cent of adults have experienced decay in their permanent teeth."The evidence shows that one-third of Australia's five to six year-olds have had decay in their baby teeth."

 The figures show in 2015-16, there were 67,266 potentially preventable hospitalisations for oral health problems and almost one-third of these were children under the age of nine years.

Earlier this month, the Royal Children's Hospital National Poll found by
early primary school, one in four children needed a tooth filling and
one in ten required a tooth pulled out because of decay. About one in 20
required a hospital visit to treat a decayed tooth.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Fluoridation Fails Ireland

Ireland, where fluoridation is mandated country-wide, " 20% of eight-year-olds have
decay in their permanent teeth — this climbs to 50% for 12-year-olds and
75% for 15-year-olds."

“I see early childhood caries all the time — it’s increasing,” says
Carrigaline-based dentist Dr Anne Twomey. “I saw an 18-month-old, whose
front teeth had all rotted. He had to go to hospital for general
anaesthetic to remove them. I frequently see three and four-year-olds
with full-blown abscesses in their teeth because they’re decayed. There
was a six-year-old who’d put up with years of pain and abscesses. She
had to have 12 teeth taken out. At Christmas, her parents sent a card,
saying it was the first Christmas they weren’t running for antibiotics.”

 she says.High rates of
childhood tooth decay is “totally dietary” in origin, says Twomey. “It’s
because of frequent exposures to sugars. There are 56 different words
for sugar. How does a parent figure that out — will they recognise
maltose as sugar, for example? Parents also get caught out by foods
marketed as healthy, by dried fruit like raisins — I’d prefer to see
children eating grapes. Petits Filous has up to three teaspoons of sugar
per pot. Granola’s high in sugar — it’ll say ‘no added sugar’ but it’ll
have honey.”

Nothing to smile about: Children's dental health suffers due to under-resourced public systems | Irish Examiner

Friday, January 12, 2018

The crisis of dental care under American capitalism

Fewer than half of dentists participate in the Medicaid program (and some have only a handful of Medicaid patients) and more than half the 35 million children who have coverage go without care, with results that can be catastrophic. Since the 1900's, dentists do all they can to protect their own lucrative monopoly even if the American people are suffering because of it

Monday, December 11, 2017

Fluoridation Fails Phoenix Arizona

Dental Mission of Mercy: Free dental work in Phoenix: Roughly 300 dentists, oral surgeons, hygienists, lab technicians and up to 1,700 volunteers from all over Arizona are working together for two days to relieve pain and infection or repair teeth for those who cannot afford dental care, said Kevin Earle, the executive director for the Arizona Dental Association.

Fluoridation Fails Maryland

Maryland is 96% fluoridated, yet:

• 42,327 Maryland adults visited emergency departments with chronic dental conditions during fiscal year 2016, at an average charge of $537, for a total charge of $22.7 million.

 • Medicaid paid for 53 percent of the visits — 22,254 of them — with an average charge of $446 per visit for a total charge of almost $10 million.

• 25 percent returned within a year with a similar complaint, most within 15 days. For those patients, the total charge was $2.3 million and the readmission rate for dental care was much higher for Medicaid-enrolled patients than for all other conditions.

 • 145 of the patients required hospitalization, with an average charge of $9,900 per visit, for a total of $1.4 million.

• Altogether, the total Medicaid charges for emergency department visits for chronic dental complaints were $11.3 million.

• Altogether, the total Medicaid charges for emergency department
visits for chronic dental complaints were $11.3 million
In Washington County, there were 1,184 emergency department visits
for chronic dental conditions among adults. More than half — 630 — were Medicaid
recipients. The total charge for the Medicaid patients was $297,045.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fluoride Fails Illinois Kids Where Fluoridation State Mandated

Illinois requires all water suppliers to add fluoride chemicals into its customers via the water supply to prevent tooth decay in tap water drinkers, but the evidence shows it's not working. "According to the 2017 Delta Dental of Illinois Children’s Oral Health Survey, nearly half of Illinois kids ages 6 to 12 have missed school due to dental problems in the past 12 months."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fluoridation Fails Detroit, Michigan

Detroit has been fluoridated for decades but Each year, parents and children in metro Detroit will wait in line for hours to receive free oral healthcare services from dentists and hygienists as part of the Give Kids a Smile program because most dentists won't accept Medicaid patients except for this once-a-year program.

More than 1 in 4 third-graders across the state suffer from untreated dental disease. Dental problems cost children countless hours of lost school time, cause pain and can impact a child’s self-esteem, nutrition, as well as their ability to eat, sleep, communicate and concentrate in school.

 We need more dental professionals in order to provide care to the many people who aren’t receiving any services. An important step to address this problem is to license a dental provider called a “dental therapist.” Many dental issues can be handled by dental therapists who, under the supervision of a dentist, are licensed to deliver routine, yet much needed care, such as filling cavities, for previously underserved populations like those who I care for with Give Kids a Smile and across the state of Michigan.

Studies show fluoridation is no value to Detroit residents

Organized dentistry opposes dental therapists simply because they infringe upon dentists lucrative monopoly. instead dentists want you to believe that fluoridation will help people who can't afford their care.   It's hogwash. 

Even when fluoridated water is the most consumed item consumed in Detroit, cavities are extensive when diets are poor, according to Caries Research.

Burt and colleagues studied low-income African-American adults, 14-years-old and over, living in Detroit, Michigan, where water suppliers add fluoride chemicals attempting to prevent cavities. Yet, 83%of this population has severe tooth decay and diets high in sugars and fats, and low in fruits and vegetables.

"The most frequently reported food on a daily basis was [fluoridated] tap water," write Burt's research team. Second were [probably fluoridated] soft drinks and third were potato chips.

Tooth decay in fluoridated Detroit's toddlers' teeth is also shocking. Almost all of Detroit's five-year-olds have cavities; most of them go unfilled.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fluoridation Mandated Kentucky: Tooth Loss 5th highest in US

 In 2012, Kentucky had the fifth highest rate of tooth loss among people 65 and over in the nation

 Today, our state is considered a national leader in fluoridation,
providing approximately 96 percent of Kentuckians with fluoridated
water. In addition, KOHP also offers a fluoride supplement program for
preschool children whose home drinking water supply is fluoride

Kentucky also became one of the first states in the nation
to introduce a school-based Dental Sealant program for children who
might otherwise not have access to regular dental car

[All this failed when the real problem is inability to get dental care]

 Four out of 10 of our children reportedly never visited a dentist, and over 16,000 uninsured residents turned to an ER rather than a dentist for dental pain.

 Lack of dental coverage and affordability are just a part of the equation. A lack of education regarding the importance of oral health, fear of visiting a dentist, inconvenient location or time, particularly among working families with school age children, lack of transportation, distance to, and trouble finding a dentist are all contributing factors.

 Jeff Rubin: Believe this — your key to better health and quality of life may be right under your nose | NKyTribune

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fluoridation Failure Contributes to Opiod Addiction & Costs US $8 Billion+ Annually

"the Centers for Disease Control estimates that the U.S. loses $6 billion in productivity each year due to oral health issues. Emergency department visits for oral pain cost nearly $2 billion a year and contribute to the epidemic of opioid addiction. And mounting evidence shows that poor oral health results in increased general medical costs.

 It’s time to break down the wall between dentistry and medicine:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dentist Neglect Costing Taxpayers Millions in Nebraska

 RESULTS: During the study period, a total of 9943 dental-related ED visits occurred. Of these, 55.5% patients aged
between 25 and 44 years. Thirty-nine percent of all dental ED visits had patients who were self-financed or uninsured. Twenty counties in Nebraska do not have a dentist, and nine counties had more than 50 ED
visits per 10,000 population. Patients residing in urban areas paid significantly higher charges than those living in rural towns, smallrural towns, or isolated rural areas. The mean and total ED charges attributed to dental conditions for the entire study period were $934 and $9.3 million, respectively.

Emergency Department Utilization related to dental conditions and distribution of Dentists, Nebraska 2011-2013 | Read by QxMD

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cavity Rates Unchanged Despite Increased Fluoride Exposure