Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Care Mobile Brings Dental Care to Low Country Students:

Georgia is 93% fluoridated

"'We have had some children 9, 10, 11, who were having teeth pulled because they were too bad to repair,' "

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Illinois Department of Health:

"I. Children’s Oral Health
A. Project Smile
Project Smile, a statewide oral health survey of Illinois school children in grades one,
two and eight was conducted during the 1993-1994 school year. The survey demonstrat-ed
that a large number of Illinois children still suffer from preventable oral disease.
Project Smile provides the most reliable estimates of oral disease in children ever calcu-lated
in Illinois.
Dental Decay: 54 percent of the children had evidence of dental decay on either baby teeth or per-manent

"more than 93 percent of the popu-lation
in Illinois receives fluoridated
drinking water."
Review-Atlas : Local: "In Henderson County, 78.7 percent of county population receives fluoridated water with 100 percent of the county's Public Water Systems population receiving fluoridated water. In Warren County, 70.9 percent of the population receives fluoridated water and 100 percent of the county's Public Water Systems receive fluoridated water."

"Many children in Henderson and Warren Counties have been identified as having cavities through the 2003 Dental Sealant Grant Program "

Sunday, July 25, 2004

City of Spokane Fluoridation Feasibility Study

"results indicate that corrosion of copper pipe would increase following addition of fluorosilicic acid and increase the copper concentration to nearly double..."

"It is anticipated that the City will need to add at least two additional staff, one to assist with operations and the other to assist with maintenance of the fluoridation facilities."
Fayetteville Online Story - Baby teeth: Healthy kids begin with educated parents:

"''We also gave him fluoride and he still had a cavity on his first appointment on a tooth that was not even a month old,' Crea said. ''I was shocked and did not believe that MY child had a cavity, since he likes his teeth brushed. And I never once forgot to brush.'"
Spokane: Fluoridation costs start at $2.5 million:

"Fluoridating Spokane's drinking water would cost almost $2.5 million upfront and about $330,000 a year after that, according to a study commissioned by the city's water department.
The study by independent engineering consultant CH2M HILL cost $25,000 and was paid for by the city."

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

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Already fluoridated San Francisco: :

"c) Staff Recommendation: Award Contract No. WD-2413, Sunol Valley Fluoridation Facility, in the amount of $2,400,721, to Shimmick/NCCL JV. "
Local conference tackles medical inequalities -

Dentists claim fluoridation helps the poor; but the real problem is that dentists neglect the poor. Connecticut is a fluoridation mandated state.

"'In Windham County, there are about 12,400 children on HUSKY health insurance and there is not a single pediatric dentist who will take that type of insurance,' said Arvind Shaw, executive director of Generations Family Health Center, which cares for patients regardless of their ability to pay. "

Dental care for poor is a problem Situation calls for a creative solution.:

"A poor 14-year-old girl is getting dentures. That's right, dentures. A lack of dental care resulted in her losing her teeth before she was old enough to drive"

Fluoridated Omaha, Nebraska

"They often arrive in pain and with conditions most dentists see only in textbooks"

"And it sees more penniless patients, awful mouths and smiles in a day than one might imagine."

Millions in This State Must Do Without Vital Dental Coverage ; Just 1 in 3 Washington Dentists Accept Medicaid

Seattle, Washington, is fluoridation

"In recent years, surgery to repair badly decayed teeth has become one of the top 10 procedures to fill Children's operating suites. Pausing after pulling the last of six unsalvageable teeth, pediatric dentist Barbara Sheller remarked, 'It's heartbreaking to face the same difficulties in family after family. This is a really complex way to manage dental disease. If kids were getting routine dental care, we could avoid this.'"

"At High Point Elementary School in southwest Seattle, where 98 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, educators got so frustrated by the sight of kids laying their heads down on their desks because of tooth pain that they formed a partnership with the nearby High Point Dental Clinic. "

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Archives: Story:

Sweetwater, Texas is fluoridated: "at least 10 percent with acute oral health problems that needed immediate attention. These children were in grades Pre-K through third grade.
'School nurses have children in their offices with acute oral health problems frequently,' Haynes added. 'They have nowhere to send them because the parents cannot afford their dental care.'"
A continuing portrait of inequality:

"In 2004, it is morally and economically indefensible that:

Black children are more likely to be sick because they are more likely to be poor. They are more likely than white children to have no regular source of health care, to have an unmet medical need, to have delayed medical care, and to have had no dental visits in two or more years. "
Tomah Journal - Opinion:

"Letter: Message to dentists: Talk is cheap"

Friday, July 16, 2004

The Greater Cincinnati FOUNDATION - AF-Ohio Grantmaking Focus Areas:

"Oral health is the number one unmet health need of all Ohioans, according to the 1998 Ohio Family Health Survey"
Senator Tom Daschle:

"Our dental circumstances in South Dakota are not unlike any of the other parts of our health care crisis. We have only one dentist for every 250 miles. That compares to one for every 28 in Minnesota. And one out of every two miles in Massachusetts. South Dakotans oftentimes drive over 100 miles to see a dentist. But many would drive farther than that if they had one to see"

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Plenty to chew over - Health -

Australia " For the first time in many years, dentists are seeing a rise in tooth decay, particularly in children and people in their 20s."

Nearly two thirds of the Australian population resides in an area with adjusted levels of fluoride in the water supply

"Obvious dental decay in eight, 12 and 15 year-old children's permanent teeth has
decreased since 1983 to its lowest recorded level, according to a survey published today" - in the United Kingdom (UK)

The UK is only 10% fluoridated

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Caries decline in the primary dentition of Belgian children over 15 years - Commun Dent Oral Epidemiol, Vol 32, Issue 4, pp. 277-282 (Abstract):

"The percentage of caries-free children increased significantly from 31.5% to 47.5%" (in the primary dentition of children resident in Brussels, Belgium between 1983 and 1998)

Belgium's water supplies are not fluoridated.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

News Read -

Connecticut is a fluoridation mandated state, Yet...

"'Thirty-five percent of the children we saw in Norwich had active decay," said Pamela Kilbey Fox, director of health and social services for New London. "That's really significant for a disease that's entirely preventable.""