Monday, May 13, 2024

Fluoridation Fails Medicaid Children

Fluoridation is state mandated in Ohio, yet, more than 59% of 5-year-olds and younger on Medicaid had cavities

Monday, April 08, 2024

Fluoridation Fails Michigan

In 89% fluoridated Michigan, 1/2 of children have untreated tooth decay - 33% of these live in low-income households. "More Black adults had no dental care within the past year (37.2%) than white (28.7%)"

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Fluoridation Fails New York City

New York City's water supply has been fluoridated since 1965 Yet, "Children’s oral health needs, and particularly Hispanic/Latino children from low income families, exceed U.S. averages. Current estimates indicate that 38% have untreated caries, 2/3 do not have sealants, and all have difficulty accessing care" 

In the US, fluoridated for about 8 decades, "from 1990 to 2010: while the number of practicing U.S. dentists and hygienists increased by 30% and 60%, respectively, and Medicaid spending for children’s oral health care increased 7-fold, from $1b/year to $7b/year42, children’s caries experience continued to increase.The burden was particularly severe for minority, low-income children, and particularly Hispanic/Latino children"

Monday, February 26, 2024

Fluoridation Fails Kentucky

Kentucky where fluoridation is state-mandated "Some teens had decay so severe they had to have all their teeth pulled and be fitted with dentures. Middle school kids reported being unable to sleep because of pain from infected and abscessed teeth. First and second-graders required in-patient oral surgery under anesthesia because of the severity of tooth and gum disease."

"Adults don’t fare much better.

Kentucky ranks 49th in overall oral health and is among the top states in the number of toothless, older adults. And last year, a University of Kentucky oral health physician described to legislators patients being air-lifted to the UK hospital because of life-threatening infections from dental disease."

Saturday, February 03, 2024

Fluoridation Fails North Carolina

 North Carolina is 88% water fluoridated.

"Currently in North Carolina, nearly one in five kindergartners have untreated tooth decay"

Recent data shows there is an urgent need for attention to children’s oral health in North Carolina

  • The rate of untreated dental decay (cavities) among kindergartners is the highest observed in five years, indicating a concerning trend in oral health.
  • Disparities in oral health still exist, primarily affecting racially and ethnically marginalized populations.
  • Rates of treated decay and no decay experience are at their lowest, underscoring the need for proactive measures to reverse these trends.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Fluoridation Fails Rhode Island

 In 83% fluoridated Rhode Island, "Without increased access, Rhode Island will continue to grow a population of children suffering from chronic oral pain."  

A group of prominent pediatricians, pediatric dentists and oral surgeons has met with representatives from the state Department of Health, Office of The Health Insurance Commissioner, RIte Smiles and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, as well as leaders from commercial insurances, to propose that outpatient surgery centers be utilized to alleviate the backlog of children waiting for treatment under general anesthesia.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Fluoridation Fails San Antonio, Texas

In water fluoridated San Antonio, "one in four children is likely to have tooth decay by the time they go to kindergarten in San Antonio, according to UT Health San Antonio."

"San Antonio needs more nonprofit clinics for low-income families, Salazar said, but it takes funding. For now, outreach efforts and the clinic are “doing something” in the community, even if the problems persist, she said.

'They’re coming in with rampant decay, just all over,” Salazar said. “In fact, that’s why they come, I’m seeing black spots on their teeth.”

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Fluoridation Fails Wisconsin

 Wisconsin is 87% fluoridated where 60% of third-graders have cavities which increased from previous years. This despite a free dental sealant program

“In Wisconsin, it is very challenging if you are covered by Medicaid to get access to dental care — even privately insured, or uninsured patients have a challenge in accessing providers, in particular in rural parts of the state,” he said. “Adding dental therapists to the dental team to work in collaboration with a dentist would increase access to care.”

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