Thursday, March 14, 2019

Fluoridation Fails Michigan

Michigan is 92% fluoridated

1. Tooth decay is a significant public health problem in Michigan. More than 1 in 3 Michigan Head Start children (35%) has already experienced tooth decay at an early age.

2. Almost 1 out of 4 Head Start children (22%) in Michigan have untreated tooth decay demonstrating that many children are not getting the dental care they need.

3. About 5 percent of Michigan’s Head Start children are in need of urgent dental care because of pain or infection. If applied to the number of low-income 3-5 year olds in Michigan, more than 9,500 young children aged 3-5 years may be experiencing pain or infection due to dental disease on any given day.

4. Compared to all U.S. children aged 3-5 years, Michigan’s low-income Head Start children have a significantly higher prevalence of untreated decay and a significantly lower prevalence of protective dental sealants.