Tuesday, June 29, 2010

CHA 2010-2013 Community Health Assessment 03.pdf (application/pdf Object)

New York

Excerpts: "Ninety-five percent (95%) of the children in Erie County are on public water systems and are

receiving fluoridated water"

" Erie County 3rd Graders with low socio-economic status are significantly more

likely to have experience with caries;... and the caries outpatient visit rate per 10,000

for the ages of 3-5 years during 2005-2007 is over four times higher in Erie County than the

State rates. "


Monday, June 28, 2010

3861.pdf (application/pdf Object)

3861.pdf (application/pdf Object)

After 65 years of water fluoridation in the United States, "significant disparities in dental disease and access to care by household income, race/ethnicity, parents’ education, parents’ oral health (especially mothers) and payor source persist. (This applies to other [non-fluoridated] countries as well as the U.S.) "

AAPD Position Statement
Presented by James J. Crall, DDS, ScD
IOM Oral Health Access Committee
March 4, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Free clinic draws hundreds of patients

Kentucky is 99.8% fluoridated: "Since Pike County's first Remote Area Medical clinic was held in 2008, the size of the endeavor has more than doubled. That's partly due to an economic downturn that reached a low point in the past two years, said Dr. Bill Collins, a Pikeville dentist and Kentucky's RAM chapter leader.

Even medical professionals didn't realize the need until they saw hundreds of people camped out for a dental checkup or new eyeglasses, he said.

'Everyone perceived this as taking money out of their pockets, and I hate to say it that way,' Collins said. 'But once they became involved in it, and they saw that the people we were treating were not the patients that came into your office.'

The patients have the free clinic or nothing, he said."

Crosscut.com: Dental care for the poor will require shaking up the system

"Dental care for the poor will require shaking up the system

Indian County and health-care reform: Millions of Americans, including children, live with dental pain, miss school or work as a result, and occasionally face life-threatening infections. Changing this for the poor, especially in rural areas, will require new ways of training practitioners and delivering services."

"The American Indian/Alaska Native population 'has the highest tooth decay rate of any population cohort in the United States: 5 times the US average for children 2–4 years of age. Seventy-nine percent of AIAN children, aged 2–5 years, have tooth decay, with 60 percent of these children having severe early childhood caries (baby bottle tooth decay). Eighty-seven percent of these children, aged 6–14 years, have a history of decay — twice the rate of dental caries experienced by the general population.'"

The United States has been fluoridating for 65 years.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Silent Epidemic | Health news for americans

Maryland is 94% fluoridated:

Despite being entitled to dental care, children on Medicaid in Maryland are suffering an oral health crisis. Illustrated by last year’s tragic death of Deamonte Driver, a dearth of dentists
and an impenetrable bureaucracy make it nearly impossible for parents to find care for their kids in a timely manner. But as this video attests, there are solutions to the problem.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

fluoridemanual.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Georgia is 96% fluoridated:

Key findings of the 3rd grade survey demonstrate

1 in 2 (56%) 3rd grade children in Georgia have caries experience.

1 in 4 (27%) 3rd grade children in Georgia have untreated dental decay.

1 in 4 (26%) 3rd grade children in Georgia need either early (22%) or urgent (4%) dental care.

Children from high socioeconomic (SES) households are more likely to have good oral health than children from low SES households.

Children with access to dental insurance are more likely to have good oral health than children without access to dental insurance.

1 in 8 (13%) of 3rd grade children in Georgia could not get dental care when needed.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Australian soldiers surrender to assault on fitness | WORLD News

In Australia which is more than 75% fluoridated: "More than 1500 soldiers were classed medically unfit and about 2140 had such poor dental health they could not be deployed."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Screening for Infants Begun by Ottawa, ON Dentist | Press Release Service

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: "“However, dental decay is still very common among children despite water fluoridation.”"

Sunday, June 13, 2010

LDN - Top Stories

Fluoridation is state-mandated in Illinois: "'What we have witnessed here is a tragic example of the oral health care crisis in Illinois,' Osborne added. 'However, it is encouraging that several lawmakers from around the state took time out of their busy schedules to visit the Illinois Mission of Mercy in an effort to better understand the access to care crisis in our state and the critical need to increase Medicaid funding [for dental care].'"

1,000 patients expected to be treated through free dental clinic in Taylor

Lubbock, Texas, has naturally fluoridated water at and above "optimal."

"Whitney said the number of people who needed dental care in the Williamson County area did not surprise her. The foundation treated 1,087 patients when it did a free clinic in Lubbock in November, she said."

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Chipping Away at Poverty's Ill Effect (washingtonpost.com)

Washington DC is 100% fluoridated: "The children's mouths, often rife with decay and gum disease by first grade, give them away, dentists said. 'Their teeth are just totally bombed out,' said Sally Cram, the dentist who led the logistics yesterday at Howard."

"Ninety percent of those in line needed some sort of dental care. 'A large majority' were suffering significant decay in five or more teeth, Cram said."