Friday, July 31, 2009

The Associated Press: States slash health care programs in budget crisis

In Connecticut where fluoridation is state-mandated: "'I see people walking the streets with toothaches, teeth hanging out of their mouths,' said the former nurse's aide. At least 30 percent of the people in this city of 124,500 are impoverished."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

ISDS: Laws and Legislation

In Illinois where fluoridation has been state-mandated for decades:

"Governor Signs Legislation (SB1393) to Fund Construction of New Dental Clinics
Senate Bill 1393 establishes a dental clinic grant program and procedures for communities to apply for funding of public infrastructure grants to improve access to dental care for low income residents. Additionally, $2 million to fund construction of dental clinics was included in the Capital Bill that became law on July 13, 2009. The coalition estimates that $2 million will be enough to open 10 dental clinics which will serve over 35,000 additional patients. These dental clinics bring us a step closer to closing the access to care gap. We will continue our efforts to raise reimbursement funding rates and to improve access to oral health care throughout the state during the October Veto Session."

Many Dentists Won't Fix Poor Children's Bad Teeth - The New York Times

Many Dentists Won't Fix Poor Children's Bad Teeth - The New York Times

"The New York Dental Society, a professional association, sued the state in February, saying that the state-run Medicaid program reimbursed dentists at rates so low that most refused to treat Medicaid patients. Of New York's 17,000 dentists, fewer than 1,200 handed in Medicaid claims in 1997, according to the State Health Department."

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fluoride Follies

Fluoride Follies:

Water Status: Never fluoridated
2008 Population: 550,396 (US Census Bureau Pop. Fact Finder)
Number of Dentists: 629 (AnyWho Yellow Pages, current listing)

Water Status: Fluoridated since 1945 (first in US and world)
2008 Population: 193,627 (US Census Bureau Pop. Fact Finder)
Number of Dentists: 924 (AnyWho Yellow Pages, current listing)

Q: Why does Grand Rapids need so many dentists?"

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dentists give plan to fix nation’s teeth the brush-off

In 75% fluoridated Australia: "...the Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, said that the state of teeth was a significant indicator of income differences in Australia. ‘‘Dental health is becoming an indicator of wealth or poverty,’’ she said."

Mobile-dental-unit initiative offers lessons | Philanthropy Journal

North Carolina is 88% fluoridated: "The lack of dental care is a widespread problem in North Carolina, which has one of the lowest ratios of dentists to overall population of any state and last year actually saw a decline in the number of dentists."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Parents warned over lunch treats | Herald Sun

"Dr Stanton said dental decay was on the rise among children, despite water fluoridation, because of constant snacking and sugary drinks."

Abbotsford dentist Christy Rens volunteers to help deliver free dental care to patients | | Marshfield News-Herald

Wisconsin is 90% fluoridation: "WDA Mission of Mercy doors opened at 6 a.m., and care concluded by 5:30 p.m. both days. Twenty-seven percent more patients than anticipated received treatment, which exceeded the original estimate by 41 percent."
Because dentists focus on fluoridation schemes and not actually treating people who need them the most, "Deamonte Driver (age 12) of Maryland and Alexander Callendar (age 6) of Mississippi died because bacteria from a tooth infection spread when their dental disease remained untreated. Dental disease was also responsible for the death of Diane Stamps of Utah, an adult Medicaid patient who died when a tooth infection led to meningitis in her spinal fluid and traveled to her brain."

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

MediLexicon News - University Of Maryland Dental School Helps Doctors, Nurses Halt Infant Tooth Decay

"Across the state of Maryland (94% fluoridated), there are now doctors and nurses, freshly trained in pediatric dental health care, who can help stem an alarming number of 3-year-old children who arrive for their first dentist visit with teeth 'just melting away.'"

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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In fluoridated Chicago, Illinois: "70% of children under 12 in Erie’s service area do not have a dentist, nearly 50% of children had not seen a dentist in over six months and 52% of children currently had a dental problem, Francis said.

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YouTube - ErieGTA

Youtube video of Golden Toothbrush Awards given to people helping to solve the oral health care crisis in fluoridated Chicago, Illinois
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Sunday, July 19, 2009 :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source

Most of Benton County, Arkansas is fluoridated: "Oral health also poised itself as a major health concern for Benton County with 42 percent of those surveyed reporting that they have had permanent teeth pulled as a result of tooth decay or gum disease; 34 percent said that it had been more than a year since their last dental visit."

Thursday, July 16, 2009

State cuts hit dental help for poor -

Alameda County, California, has been fluoridated since the 1970's: "In 2007, 2,955 Alameda County residents sought emergency treatment for dental problems that could have been prevented, according to the California Health Care Foundation."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Deal On Dentistry | Hartford Business

In Connecticut where fluoridation is required in every city by law:

"The dental profession in Connecticut is healthy, as there is ample workforce to treat those who seek care. The concern of dentists retiring due to the baby boom bubble has probably been put on hold with the decline in the economy. In addition, dentists are staying healthier longer and want to continue to contribute to the healthcare of the citizens of Connecticut. The studies we have seen show this trend will continue and there should be no dental workforce shortage in Connecticut for the foreseeable future."

Friday, July 10, 2009

Irish | News | Survey reveals Irish dental habits

Ireland is the only 100% fluoridated country: "The findings also show that there appears to be a direct correlation between poor dental habits and tooth decay, with 61% of Irish people over 30 claiming to have lost at least one adult tooth in their lifetime and, alarmingly, over one-third (38%) of people have lost more than three adult teeth."

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Move Over, Fluoride?- The Daily Dose - MSN Health & Fitness

"While anyone over 50 might say that adding fluoride to toothpaste was one of the biggest boons of their generation, dentists are sadly seeing an upsurge in cavities in young kids over the last decade—kids you who'd think could live life entirely cavity-free. Researchers say this is likely due to the flood of sugary foods that are aggressively marketed right at them, including cereals that are up to 50 percent added sugar by weight. (And of course, even if you try to monitor what goes in your kids' mouths, they'll find sugar like a divining rod to water.)"

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Survey: Recession Forcing Low-Income Families to Sacrifice Kids’ Dental Care

"-A recent survey of low-income parents has found that financial stress caused by the economic recession is forcing many families to choose between basic necessities such as food, transportation and housing, and routine dental care for their children – exacerbating an epidemic of poor dental health among children from underserved communities."

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Federal money due to expand dental clinic: Rutland Herald Online

Rutland town and city water departments add fluoride chemicals in a failed effort to reduce tooth decay:

Sen. Bernard Sanders announced Wednesday that $95,351 is coming to Rutland to expand a federally funded dental clinic that last year received almost 5,000 visits from 1,013 patients in the region — 90 percent of whom were on Medicaid or uninsured.

"The lack of dental care in this country is a huge problem," Sanders said. "That's one reason why I pushed so hard for this money."

For those who use the clinic, the expansion should translate into more timely appointments. Presently, there is a 4-1/2-month waiting list for the popular clinic, Whitmer said.

"As great as the need is for medical service, the need for dental care is dire," Whitmer said commenting on a dentist shortage seen nationwide.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 Wanted: Medicaid dentists

Erie, Pennsylvania is fluoridated: "'The bulk of tooth decay and gum disease is due to a lack of brushing and flossing, and poor dental nutrition,' Alonge said. 'They need to brush and floss, and avoid high-carbohydrate foods and soda pop.'"

"'I know the need for dental care is great, so now I'm working here.'Even with the new MLK Center clinic, Erie County has a critical need for dentists and oral surgeons who accept Medicaid patients. Many of them must wait six months or longer to see a dentist, and travel to Pittsburgh to have a tooth pulled.The federal government estimated that the county needs an additional 12 full-time dental providers to meet demand."