Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dental Care Becoming More Neglected - Nashville News Story - WSMV Nashville

Dental Care Becoming More Neglected :

In fluoridated NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- "Area dentists said that the number of patients with dental emergencies is on the rise, and they believe the cause is the poor economy."

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

St. Charles, Missouri, is fluoridated: "the nurse at Coverdell Elementary in St. Charles, arranged for ReachOut to go to St. Charles schools after seeing as many as seven students a week complaining of toothaches. Some had severe dental decay."

"Some had teeth that were literally rotting and mushy," Thomes said. "I saw large cavities you could stick a cotton tip in."

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 ADA News: Dental program serves Massachusetts seniors

In fluoridated Norwood, Massachusetts:

"In 2009, after holding 13 screening clinics that served 408 seniors, program statistics showed 19 percent of patients presented with acute discomfort, nearly 32 percent had untreated decay and nearly 47 percent had progressive periodontitis. More than half (55 percent) had no dentist of record and most—82.6 percent—had no dental insurance. Patients' average annual income was around $12,000 and a third of them had an income under the federal poverty level."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Preston man's humanitarian movement - Lancashire Evening Post

"He explains: 'Medical care in the USA is a privilege of the wealthy and the well insured. Children can get care but there's a lot of people who fall through the cracks.

'Around 50m people don't have access to essential services at all – we see people who have a full mouth of rotting teeth and have the worst infections you will see anywhere in the world.'"

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Huge Turnout For Free Dental Clinic In New Haven --

In Connecticut where fluoridation is state-mandated: "The promise of free dental care drew hundreds of people from across the state, many of whom came during the night to snag a place in line. The line wrapped around the building by the time the clinic opened, and by 8 a.m., 520 people had registered.

Organizers planned to hold the clinic again today, beginning at 5 a.m., and expected to serve 2,000 people in all.

Dr. Robert Schreibman, a Glastonbury dentist who is co-chairman of the mission, said he had tears in his eyes when he saw the line Friday morning. 'This is heartbreaking for me,' he said. 'It breaks my heart to see this many people in the second richest state in the country having to line up at 7 o'clock the night before.'"

Huge Turnout For Free Dental Clinic In New Haven --

Friday, April 17, 2009

North Carolina 'Give Kids A Smile!' Project Treats Close to 20,000 Children

North Carolina is 88% fluoridation: "'The huge increases we saw in the number of patients and the level of [dental] care delivered is indicative of the growing dental access to care problem in North Carolina,' said NCDS Executive Director, Dr. M. Alec Parker."

Monday, April 13, 2009

Project Smile expanding reach | | The Coloradoan,

After 60 years of water fluoridation in the US, "'Dental problems are the largest preventable childhood diseases that go untreated,' said Ron Lautzenheiser, chairman of Project Smile.

Children in families with annual incomes of $10,000 to $20,000 have 10 times more unmet dental needs than children whose families earn more than $50,000 each year, according to the American Dental Association.

And 23 million children in the United States do not have dental insurance."

Fluoride: let the people decide

"the National Kidney Foundation has changed its mind on fluoride, contending last year in an updated position paper on its web-site that there are risks to those with kidney diseases, and they need to be made aware of them. The organization believes those risks include ' a rare bone disease called skeletal fluorosis, bone fractures and severe enamel fluorosis.'"

Fluoride: let the people decide:

Sunday, April 12, 2009

More children hospitalized for dental care -

"Sugary diets and poor dental care have resulted in an increasing number of children having teeth pulled under general anesthetics, say dentists in England."

More children hospitalized for dental care -

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Guest column: Increase Medicaid funding for dental care | | The Des Moines Register

Iowa is 92% Fluoridated: "Last fall, the Iowa dental community, organizations and volunteers experienced in person what happens when the economy goes south. Over the course of two days, nearly 1,300 people came to Iowa Mission of Mercy in Waterloo for free oral health care. Countless Iowans told us they were uninsured or otherwise unable to pay for preventive oral health services, let alone the more significant procedures many needed due to years of neglect."

Des Moines Dental Disgrace:

Free clinics fill medical void -

Free clinics fill medical void:

Millions are spent in California treating water supplies but not people: "California's 800 community health centers saw increases of up to 20% in uninsured patients in the past six months. The state, facing a $42 billion budget shortfall, is eliminating payments for some services for poor adults, including dental care. As a result, the centers will lay off 1,000 dentists and other staff, leaving as many as 400,000 people without dental care, says Chris Patterson, spokesman for the California Primary Care Association."

County dental clinic overflows with patients - Page 2 -

County dental clinic overflows with patients :

Kalamazoo is fluoridated: "The clinic has become so overrun with demand that some people started waiting outside the Gull Road facility as early as 6:15 a.m. Monday to be the first ones to sign up.

Within one hour, every opening for the next month was booked, and health officials had to turn people away.

In 2008, the clinic treated 2,846 people with fewer than three full-time dentists and three hygienists on staff. Emergency walk-ins have jumped 21 percent, from 709 people in 2007 to 858 in 2008."

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Lack of resources at root of dental pain -

Lack of resources at root of dental pain -

Virginia is 95% fluoridated: "Despite several community efforts to bring dental services to low-income, uninsured adults, living with dental pain has become commonplace for many in Southwest Virginia."