Saturday, May 20, 2006

Alameda County, California, has five fluoridated districts:

" In Alameda County, for instance, half of all children have untreated tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten. By the third grade, 69 percent have untreated tooth decay. And nearly 1 in 10 have tooth abscesses, according to the county's Public Health Department. "

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Kentucky is 99.6% fluoridated:

"According to the Kentucky Children's Oral Health Survey, 31 percent of children in third through sixth grades have untreated tooth decay. And 50 percent of second-graders screened by the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department in 2004-05 had to be referred to a dentist for treatment. Ouch."

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Dental care can be hard to get for low-income people | The Star Press - - Muncie, IN:

Indiana is 95.5% fluoridated:

"MUNCIE -- Michelle Anderson and her husband, John, don't have their own teeth anymore. While both are in their early 30s, each wears dentures.

'It was cheaper for us to get dentures (rather than pay for dental care or insurance),' Michelle said, adding that her husband's employer doesn't offer dental insurance."
The Enquirer - Van will widen kids' dental care:

96% of Kentucky is fluoridated:

"Forty-seven percent of children in Northern Kentucky have early childhood cavities between the ages of 2 and 4, compared to 16 percent nationwide, according to the Kentucky Children's Oral Health Survey from the University of Kentucky"

Monday, May 08, 2006

Dental caries experience of British children in an international context:

The United Kingdom is only 10% fluoridated. In June 2005, it was reported:

"The dental health of the majority of British children has improved dramatically since the early 1970s. Twelve-year-old children now have on average less than one decayed, missing (extracted) or filled tooth. Levels of dental decay in UK children at 5 and 12 years are among the lowest in the world...the proportion of UK adults who have no natural teeth has fallen from 37% to 12% over the past four decades."