Friday, February 28, 2020

Fluoridation Fails Illinois

In Illinois, where fluoridation has been state-mandated for decades, 52% of 3rd graders had cavities (59% of poor kids vs 42% non-poor). Tooth decay is still a significant public health problem affecting Illinois children, according to the Healthy Smiles Healthy Growth 2013-2014 report issued February 2020

This despite 50% having at least one dental sealant present in a permanent molar. The presence of dental sealants in third graders has almost doubled in the last decade. 

Further, The proportion of children affected by untreated decay differs for racial/ethnic minority groups as well as for children from low income families in Illinois. Overall, 19% of White, 21% of Latino, 27% of Asian, and 29% of African American third graders are affected by untreated decay. In the same way, 26% of children eligible for Free and Reduce Meal Program (FRMP) had untreated decay as compared to 16% of non-eligible children.