Sunday, August 27, 2006

Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times, Stonewall, MB:

Manitoba, Canada is 73% fluoridated:

"Over 2,000 Manitoba children undergo unnecessary dental surgery every year to treat early childhood tooth decay (ECTD)."

Friday, August 25, 2006

Program in its 4th year of saving smiles:

Fort Worth, Texas, is fluoridated:

"Between them, Jesus and Emeli Padilla got eight crowns along with sealants to protect their teeth from further decay. The children, who attend Sam Rosen Elementary School in Fort Worth, were both experiencing a lot of pain before they were treated, said their mother, Maria Padilla. Now they're happy, she added.

Multiple cavities and abscesses are the most common serious dental problems that dentists treat through Save a Smile, said dentist Tonya Fuqua, program manager.

'We have treated 4-year-olds because they have 10 teeth -- half of all the teeth in their mouth -- that are decayed,' she said."

Thursday, August 24, 2006

News 14 Carolina | 24 Hour Local News | LOCAL NEWS | Fund-raiser benefits dental health:

North Carolina is 85% fluoridated:

"One out of three children starting kindergarten in Rowan County has tooth decay, one of the worst rates in North Carolina. "

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Community Press - Citigroup contributes to mobile dental office:

Kentucky is 99.6% fluoridated:

"'There are many children in Northern Kentucky who are suffering pain and even tooth loss because they cannot get dental care,"
News-Sentinel | 08/18/2006 | Something to smile about:

Indiana is 95% fluoridated:

"Some dentists want to avoid complex patients who require many visits at Medicaid rates, referring such patients to other dentists. That’s what happened to a 12-year-old girl Pham treated in Atlanta. She came to Pham, “with infection draining out of the side of her jaw.” The girl had been to other dentists who gave her medication but no further treatment. When she came to Pham, he pulled the infected tooth and gave her antibiotics and follow-up care."

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Entrez PubMed
Entrez PubMed:

Illinois is a fluoridation mandated state:

"Of the 840 eligible children 58% participated in the assessment. Overall caries experience was 64%. Untreated decay was observed in 42%, 8% urgently needed treatment,"

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Children's dental disease 'widespread' | | The Australian:

Australia is 75% fluoridated:

"The study found 47.3 per cent of six-year-old children have evidence of dental disease on their baby teeth, while two in five Australian 12-year-olds are suffering dental disease on their permanent teeth."

Sunday, August 06, 2006 - Galesburg Register-Mail Online:

Galesburg, Illinois, is fluoridated:

"The Illinois Rural Health Association's report said '... the limited number of dentists willing to provide care to children with Medicaid has been the most significant barrier to dental care.'

According to the study, only 34 percent of dentists were enrolled in Medicaid and only 76 percent of the enrolled dentists took Medicaid patients. For the most part, they don't take Medicaid patients because they don't get fully reimbursed."
San Luis Obispo Tribune | 08/06/2006 | Without insurance, dentist wait can be painful |:

San Luis Obispo, California, is fluoridated

"The 5-year-old’s mouth ached and swelled for months while her mom, April Shelton, tried to find a dentist to treat her. Repeatedly, the distressed mom was turned away with only a prescription for antibiotics."

"Shelton and her daughter are among thousands of San Luis Obispo County residents who must wait months to see a dentist or go without treatment because they lack dental insurance or have public insurance that nearly all private dentists won’t accept." - Galesburg Register-Mail Online:

"'Eighty percent of Medicaid-eligible kids don't receive dental care because few dentists take Medicaid,' the Surgeon General's report said."

Saturday, August 05, 2006


In 75% fluoridated Australia:

" The prevalence of decayed, missing or filled teeth has increased among children aged five, six, seven and nine in the five-year period....

'The percentage of children with no decayed teeth ... at the time of examination has reduced for most age groups between 1998 and 2002, reflecting an increased prevalence of decay,' the report says."