Sunday, December 28, 2008

School Programs

School Programs:

70% of US public water supplies and virtually 100% of the US food supply is fluoridated:

"Most of the millions of low-income children in the United States do not receive proper dental care and many experience acute dental pain. Low-income children are up to 5 times more likely to have untreated tooth decay and this frequently causes general health problems, learning difficulties, discomfort, eating problems, and esteem issues"

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Salaries in 24 high-paying occupations

Nine, out of the top ten cities where dentists make the most money, are fluoridated

Salaries in 24 high-paying occupations - Dentists: "Top 10 metros (for average annual pay for dentists)

1. Charlotte, $195,540 (fluoridated)
2. Hartford, $185,860 (fluoridated
3. Ogden, Utah, $181,620
4. Colorado Springs, $181,000(fluoridated)
5. Madison, Wis., $180,380 (fluoridated)
6. St. Louis, $180,160 (fluoridated)
7. Raleigh, $178,650 (fluoridation)
8. Cincinnati, $178,250 (fluoridation)
9. Harrisburg, Pa., $176,840 (fluoridation)
10. Omaha, $176,830 (fluoridated)"

bizjournals: How pay varies widely for same job -- bizjournals

bizjournals: How pay varies widely for same job -- bizjournals:

"Dentists earn more in [fluoridated] Charlotte than in any other market in the study group."

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Special Assignment: Bottled water and healthy teeth

Special Assignment:

"Business is booming lately for pediatric dentist Michael Wahl. He says he's seeing more cavities than ever.

'When I first started practice, I rarely filled a tooth on a teenager. Now, our highest cavity rate is on the teenagers,' said Wahl."

"The Louisville Water Company has been adding it to its system for decades."

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Crescent City, California, is fluoridated (for nearly 50 years)

"'This area is tremendously underserved dentally,' Smirnoff said. 'We are seeing rampant caries (tooth decay) on children and adults that shouldn't be seen.'"

Editorials - February 15, 2007 -- American Family Physician

Editorials - February 15, 2007 -- American Family Physician:

Water fluoridation began in the US in 1945 and reaches 70% on public water supplies and virtually 100% via the food supply:

"In 2000, Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., called poor oral health in America a "silent epidemic."

"In spite of national recommendations, many children have limited access to dental professionals. For every child without health insurance, there are three who lack dental insurance, and the number of dentally uninsured Americans totals more than 100 million.8 Three out of four dentists do not treat patients with Medicaid insurance; many more do not treat those who are uninsured.9"

Monday, December 08, 2008

The Foundation funds emergency dental program - News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Williamsport-Sun Gazette

The Foundation funds emergency dental program - Williamsport-Sun Gazette

Williamsport, Pennsylvania is fluoridated:

"The parents of a 2-year-old boy take him to the Community Dental Center because his teeth hurt and his check is swollen.

His parents see "some holes" and they are concerned because his front teeth are breaking off. The toddler needs extensive pediatric dental care to restore his dental health, but neither of his parents has dental insurance through their jobs. The bill will be several hundred dollars to eliminate immediate emergencies and into the thousands if all necessary work is completed.

A pregnant young woman without dental insurance goes to the Emergency Room for an infected wisdom tooth. The hospital can do nothing more than treat the infection with antibiotics.

A 12-year old boy has fractured a healthy front tooth during a fall on the playground. He needs a root canal and a crown to save the tooth but his father's job does not offer dental insurance. Without additional help, the boy eventually will lose the tooth.

Many families working low-paying jobs are forced to put dental concerns at a lower priority than paying rent and buying groceries until a dental crisis occurs and they are forced to seek treatment at the Emergency Room. The Emergency Room is not equipped to treat the underlying problems such as dental decay, abscess and preventative care."

Monday, December 01, 2008

State to Form Oral Health Initiative - Newsroom - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick

State to Form Oral Health Initiative:

Indiana is 95% fluoridated:

"According to Dr. Smith, the number of dentists in Indiana has not kept pace with the growing population. From 1990 to 2006, the number of practicing dentists in the state increased by only three dentists, while the population of Indiana increased by more than 725,000. Dr. Smith says, consequently, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in Indiana. The Marion County Health Department funded a 2004 Indiana University Oral Health Research survey that reported 48 percent of six- to eight-year-old children had untreated dental decay." Metro/Region Section

Students help kids smile without pain:

Omaha, Nebraska is fluoridated:

"Most of the students served under the program have never been in a dentist office. Three out of five will have an untreated oral health problem, based on last year's data."