Monday, July 30, 2007

WOWK-TV – News for Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia

WOWK-TV – Lawmakers Chew on Solutions to Dental Health Problems in West Virginia:

"West Virginia fairs poorly when compared to other states in the areas of cavities and tooth decay."

West Virginia is 91.5% fluoridated

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Free dental work frees smiles - News -

Free dental work frees smiles - News -

Vail, Colorado, is fluoridated:

"Daisy Alarcon was undergoing several painful drilling procedures that would make most adults cringe, but the six-year-old remained the model patient.

'Open wide like a tiger!' said dental assistant Kirsten Hoffman.

Daisy, of Edwards, needs seven pulpotomies, or root canals, and this may be her only chance to get the procedure done without charge."

"A recent county health assessment showed a great need for dental services, especially for children, public health nurse Bethany Van Wyk said."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Dentists blame sugary foods, drinks for increasing childhood tooth decay Dentists blame sugary foods, drinks for increasing childhood tooth decay:

Asheville, NC, is fluoridated:

"SHEVILLE - Like many kids his age, 5-year-old Titus Young has grown up consuming sugary drinks and foods. And now, like a growing number of children, Titus has three cavities and a crown on his baby teeth.

He is not unique. Local doctors say tooth decay is on the rise among young children."

"Local dentists say they are seeing more young children with cavities than ever before.

Dr. Joshua Paynich, a local dentist, said he diagnoses about 10-20 children a week with severe, early childhood tooth decay. Paynich said he sees children who have cavities, crowns and even have to get their teeth removed."

Monday, July 23, 2007

Drinks blamed for rise in decay | Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania

Drinks blamed for rise in decay | Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania:

Tasmania, Australia, is fluoridated:

"Australian Dental Association Tasmanian president Errol Kilov said recent research had shown tooth decay in six-year-olds had risen by 56 per cent and by a massive 71 per cent among 14- and 15-year-olds in just six years."

Monday, July 16, 2007

Childhood tooth decay on the rise | Children's Health Link | | News for Seattle, Washington

Childhood tooth decay on the rise Seattle: "Four-year-old Brittany is just learning she'll need a new filling. It will be her fifth.

Dr. Chris Delecki, director of Odessa Brown Children's Dental Clinic, has seen many children like her."

Seattle Washing has been fluoridated since 1968

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Medicaid plan to help kids | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Texas Southwest

Medicaid plan to help kids | Dallas Morning News:

"Dr. Nancy Sue Seale, chairwoman of the department of pediatric dentistry at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, testified that only one in seven young Texans on Medicaid last year received the twice-yearly dental checkups that the federal government requires.

She called that fiscally imprudent because cavities and other problems are ignored until expensive surgery is needed.

Dr. Seale said a small number of children die from the general anesthesia required for many operations, which makes the state's failure to provide routine checkups not only foolish but inhumane."

Monday, July 09, 2007

Sierra Sun - Community

Sierra Sun - Community: "The Placer clinic [California] had to recruit dentists from out of the county because there are no dentists in the area who perform sedation,"

“There are very few dentists who are willing to take any children because reimbursements ... are so abysmally low,”

Friday, July 06, 2007

Foundation puts money where kids' mouths are | Chicago Tribune

Foundation puts money where kids' mouths are | Chicago Tribune: Where the water is fluoridated

"Most weekday mornings, children and their harried parents join a long line at the pediatric dentistry clinic of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Dr. Indru Punwani sees patients as young as 2 with acute pain and facial swelling. Many have never had regular oral care, or they need a follow-up after emergency treatment elsewhere.

Punwani, head of the college's pediatric dentistry department, sees daily evidence that the incidence of tooth decay in young children is growing"

"Community health services are straining to meet demand. Cook County Bureau of Health Services officials said the county maintains five dental clinics in the suburbs and offers emergency treatment (usually tooth extractions) and oral surgery at Stroger Hospital. But the hospital's routine dental care for children and adults ended this year when three dentists were laid off, primarily because of budget considerations."

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

delawareonline � The News Journal, Wilmington, Del. � Today's preschoolers more likely to have cavities

delawareonline � The News Journal, Wilmington, Del. � Today's preschoolers more likely to have cavities:

"'I see it every day,' said Maher, a pediatric dentist. 'I see cavities in babies who are a year old.'

Maher has 13 patients under the age of 4 awaiting surgical removal of their cavities. They can't handle the typical in-office procedure so they must visit the hospital and have it done under general anesthesia."

Delaware is 81% fluoridated

Tuesday, July 03, 2007 : "Sicko's" Successful Weekend Puts My Movie in 200 More Cities Beginning Today! : "Sicko's" Successful Weekend Puts My Movie in 200 More Cities Beginning Today!:

Freedom of Choice in 2/3 fluoridated America:

"One woman wrote to say her dentist just gave her this choice: have all her teeth pulled, or pay him $30,000 to fix and rebuild them

She told me she's made the choice to give up her teeth -- a choice she was forced to make only because she lives from paycheck to paycheck in middle class America."

Monday, July 02, 2007

Toddler dental disgrace - National -

Toddler dental disgrace - National - "'We are seeing increased rates of oral disease despite fluoride in the water and better education,' she said. " (Melbourne, Australia)
130,000 million Americans have no dental insurance

Borders are no barrier to affordable healthcare - Los Angeles Times:

"When David Woodman announced he was going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for major dental work, his son Josef thought his dad had lost his mind. He had visions of untrained dentists burrowing into his father's mouth, clutching fistfuls of rusty needles.

So the younger Woodman tagged along to make sure his father would not fall victim to foreign quackery. 'Instead of what I feared, he got a board-trained dentist in a great clinic, with state-of-the-art instruments and panoramic X-rays,' says Woodman, who was so impressed that he ended up researching and writing the book 'Patients Beyond Borders' on the phenomenon of medical tourism. 'And he saved $11,000 on a mouthful of teeth.'

Woodman's father is not alone in looking abroad for a medical overhaul. After all, if the American healthcare system is not completely broken, it is certainly dysfunctional: 47 million people have no health coverage, and 130 million have no dental insurance."

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Toddler dental disgrace - National -

Toddler dental disgrace - National -

In 2/3 fluoridated Australia:

"The oral health of Victoria's preschoolers is so poor that Dental Health Services Victoria says the average six-year-old starts school with three to four teeth decayed, missing or needing filling.

While health authorities have poured money into campaigns targeting childhood obesity, what the dental service calls the 'twin epidemic' of the alarming state of juvenile oral health has been largely overlooked."