Sunday, May 01, 2016

Americans Desperately Need Dental Care, despite being fluoride-overdosed

After 71 years of fluoridation and 61 years of fluoridated toothpate:

Fluoride overdose symptoms (dental fluorosis or discolored teeth) is growing in incidence and severity after 71 years of fluoridation reaching record numbers of Americans and 61 years of fluoridated toothpaste, a glut of fluoridated dental products (and in higher concentrations both over-the-counter and hidden, to you, in dental materials), fluoride containing medicines and a fluoride-saturated food supply. Yet,

People desperately need dental care, by Susan Sered, Professor of Sociology, Suffolk University

Excerpts: In 2003 and 2004 (pre-Obamacare), I conducted a national study of uninsured Americans in southcentral Illinois, northern Idaho, the Mississippi delta, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and in eastern Massachusetts.

I asked nearly 150 interviewees: “If President Bush were to declare universal health care for everyone starting tomorrow, what is the first problem you would take care of?” The most common answer by a landslide echoed this respondent’s: “I’ll be waiting outside the dentist’s office at 5:00 in the morning waiting for it to open.”

Many of the people I interviewed lived with untreated diabetes, asthma or even cancer, yet their oral health problems presented the greatest challenges to their quality of life.

Recently I returned to these communities to reinterview the people I’d met over a decade earlier. Very little has changed. While the majority of the people I interviewed now had health care coverage of some sort (for nearly 20 percent of them, it was as a consequence of becoming sufficiently disabled to be eligible for Social Security), very few had managed to secure dental coverage.

Then and now, people told me about visiting emergency rooms in hopes of alleviating pain or using addictive pain medications to make it through the day. People even told me that they had resorted to pulling out their own teeth.

It can be very hard to find dentists who accept Medicaid

I have met women and men of various ages who have pulled their own teeth.

Medicare does not cover dental care. Today, according to government estimates, 70 percent of seniors lack dental coverage.

It is estimated that 108 million Americans have no dental insurance, and that one in four non elderly Americans has untreated tooth decay.

The reality is that tooth decay signifies poverty in pernicious ways. Without expanding insurance to cover oral health, millions of Americans will continue to live with pain, stigma and the risks of systemic diseases that could be averted through an accessible and integrated system of dental care.

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/30/health_care_has_a_cavity_theres_no_good_reason_our_teeth_arent_covered_partner/

Thursday, April 14, 2016

NZ Research Proves Fluoridation Not Needed

A New Zealand study published in Bio Medical Central Oral Health last month shows dental health improved the greatest extent for children in non-fluoridated areas. There is now no difference in dental decay rates between non-Maori children who live in fluoridated areas and non-Maori children who live in non-fluoridated areas, proving that fluoridation is not needed for children to obtain good dental health. There has been an improvement in child dental health over the past ten years right across New Zealand.



 NZ Research Proves Fluoridation Not Needed | Thursday, 14 April 2016,

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Australia

Australia is 70% fluoridated

More than 1400 children under five are now being admitted to NSW hospitals each year to have teeth pulled or crowns inserted under general anaesthetic.
That is a rate of 312 per 100,000 children, 152 per cent more than the 124.1 per 100,000 in 1989-1990.
More than 5200 children under 14 go under general anaesthetic for dental work in NSW hospitals each year.
“We have gone backwards. After years of improvement from the 1960s and early 1970s with fluoridation, Australia’s children are worse off,” Australian Dental Association spokesman Dr Peter Alldritt said.
“More than half of Australian children by the age of six have tooth decay and almost half of 12-year-olds have experienced decay in their permanent teeth.
“We are calling on the federal government to implement a sugar tax. Frequent consumption of sugar on a regular basis is the No. 1 cause of tooth decay.”
Sydney paediatric dentist Dr Philippa Sawyer said she had seen cases in which all of a child’s baby teeth had to be surgically removed.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/dentists-warn-of-rise-in-number-of-surgically-removed-baby-teeth-among-toddlers/news-story/9ccd781ccf2409c91dfd6eaa61031a05?nk=6bc016ea8c51352a8a04f6211a97233d-1457699704

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Minnesota

Thousands of Minnesotans go without regular dental care - StarTribune.com



 Some 400,000 preschoolers turned up at Minnesota
hospitals with severe oral complaints from 2007 to 2012, according to the
Minnesota Department of Health. Overall, Minnesotans racked up $80 million in
hospital bills over five years for oral care that could have been avoided by
regular dental visits.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Seniors

POINT OF VIEW: Seniors key to talks about dental plans for poor | www.palmbeachpost.com:



Florida is 78% fluoridated, Yet, "Nearly one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay."



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Saturday, January 23, 2016

91% of Am-Indian & AK-native 3rd graders have tooth decay

 “According to the Indian Health Service, American Indian and Alaska Native preschoolers have the highest levels of tooth decay in the U.S.,” says a press release from the Miss Native American USA Organization. “By grade three, 91 percent of American Indian and Alaskan Native children have experienced tooth decay and 72 percent have unfilled cavities.



 Miss Native American Plays Tooth Fairy - ICTMN.com:

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tooth Decay "Staggering" in fluoridated Colorado

In Colorado, the public health numbers are staggering. Tooth decay affects about 40-percent of kindergartners and 55-percent of third graders. Colorado is 72.4% fluoridated Tackling poor dental health in Colorado kids

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Fluoridation Fails Knox County, Tennessee

Despite decades of fluoridation, dental health is getting worse in Knox County, Tennessee. Tooth loss is trending upwards where 21.4% of adults over 65 are toothless (35% of blacks; 29% of whites) 

In 2014, 43.8% of all adults had at least one tooth extracted due to infections - up from 41.7% in 2008

In 2014, 8.6% of all adults had all teeth extracted - Up from 6.7% in 2008.

In 2014, 21.4% of adults 65 and older had all their teeth extracted -  up from 20.3% in 2008

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2680571-CHA-Print-2015.html




Monday, December 14, 2015

Fluoride Fails American Indians



STUDY CONCLUSIONS:

By the age of 36 months, dental caries is nearly universal in this population of American Indian children. Caries risk factors included sugared beverage consumption, greater household size, and maternal factors.



 Factors associated with dental caries in a group of American Indian children at age 36 months. - PubMed - NCBI:

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Wisconsin Children

WISCONSIN
 

Campaign launched in  Eau Claire County to decrease tooth decay in children

In response to the increasing number of young children with tooth decay, the action team released a webinar session for medical professionals about how they can play a vital role in tooth decay prevention in young children.
 
According to the 2010 Burden of Oral Disease in Wisconsin, about 25 % of Wisconsin’s Head Start children ages three and four have untreated decay and 33% have had cavities and now have fillings.
 
 

 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

NIH Protects Sugar Industry Over Children's Teeth

About 42% of children in the US have some decay in their baby (primary) teeth.

In the 1970's, the sugar industry encouraged the NIH to design research projects that, instead of looking at sugar, focused on:
 NIH Protects Sugar Industry Over Children's Teeth:

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Ireland

In Ireland, where fluoridation is mandated country-wide, "The Irish Dental Association (IDA) said that up to 10,000 children under the age of 15 are being hospitalized in Ireland each year to have teeth extracted under general anesthetic."

http://www.medindia.net/news/thousands-of-irish-children-wait-up-to-a-year-for-teeth-removal-due-to-dental-cuts-154608-1.htm

Friday, October 02, 2015

Fluoridation Fails American Indians

Oregon Looks North for Lessons about Expanding Dental Access to Reservation Communities

Native Americans have the highest rates of oral diseases in the United States. A report published in April by the Indian Health Service said that more than half of American Indians and Alaska Natives between the ages of one and five have experienced tooth decay; a rate that is more than four times higher than white non-Hispanic children.
“This disparity exists in spite of the implementation of dental decay prevention programs by IHS and Tribes, including fluoridation of community water systems, the use of topical fluorides and dental sealants, and oral health educational programs for children and parents,” according to the IHS Data Service brief by Kathy R. Phipps, Dr. P.H. and Timothy L. Ricks, D.M.D., M.P.H.
One of their key findings is that American Indian and Alaska Native preschool children do not receive enough dental care.
https://www.thelundreport.org/content/oregon-looks-north-lessons-about-expanding-dental-access-reservation-communities

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Georgia

Dental Visits Decline As Dental Emergency Room Visits Rise

In Georgia there were about 60,000 visits to Georgia emergency rooms for "non-traumatic" dental problems – oral health issues not caused by injuries. That cost more than $23 million (2007).[i] According to Capaldo, the problem is not a lack of capacity in the system. Most dentists in Georgia have the ability to see more patients. Rather, patients face barriers to getting needed care such as fear of the dentist, time off work and cost, according to a news release from the Georgia Dental Association.  Georgia is 96% fluoridated.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/adult-dental-visits-decline-as-dental-emergency-room-visits-rise-300152917.html

 
in a state with about 4,700 dentists, only about 1,600 take Medicaid, and still many of those aren't taking new Medicaid patients. The problem is most acute outside Metro Atlanta.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Australia

Even with the application of water fluoridation in Australia for over half a century, tooth decay is still considered by the Australian Dental Associationas one of the country's most prevalent diseases.  The problem is that fluoride fails to address the core reason  of why tooth decay occurs: our diet.  
 
Dental decay has only existed in its contemporary form for about 200 years, or since the turn of the industrial revolution.  This is when you can pinpoint the introduction of large-scale delivery of refined grains into our diet.  It's also where our diets transformed from consumption of local produce to the global business that food is today.   
Before this, archeological records show that humans lived for thousands of years without the significant presence of any dental disease.  In the animal kingdom tooth decay is equally rare.  The unsettling reality is that tooth decay is a disease of human civilisation and while fluoride has applications in treatment, it's by no means the silver bullet.   
 
 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Fluoridation Fails US

Jeffrey Wood, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California, cited that about 40 to 50 percent kindergarten students in the United States suffer from tooth decay. As a result, in California, government has required students to undergo oral health exams prior to attending school. According to Wood, this was an important first step in addressing oral health concerns of children at a young

age.



 40% Of US Children Affected By Tooth Decay: Home Remedies For Oral Health Problems - Health Aim:

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fluoridation Fails a Kansas City

Olathe, Kansas is fluoridated "Of the 339 children treated in school by dental hygiene students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 63 percent had tooth decay"



 Kansas Town Takes Dental Care To School : Shots - Health News : NPR

Fluoridation Fails Australia & New Zealand

"Dentists in Australia and New Zealand are seeing a dramatic increase in young children, some as young as just eighteen months old, needing to have multiple decayed and rotten teeth removed."



 Dentists Blame Junk Food and Sugary Drinks for Tooth Decay in Young Children:



Most of Australia and New Zealand is fluoridated.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fluoridation Fails the Poor



In Kentucky where fluoridation is state mandated, "His county experiences some of the highest rates of child tooth decay in the nation. At the elementary school in [fluoridated] Hindman, Kentucky, for example, UK's dental outreach program, the Eastern Kentucky Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, found that 65 percent of kindergarten through second grade (K-2) students were in need of urgent dental care or showed early signs of tooth decay.



 "You get tired of going to a restaurant to eat
and seeing a young girl or boy working
that just graduated a year or two ago and they won't even look up at you because
they hardly have teeth.
It's frustrating as an educator."




 Bright Smiles, Brighter Futures 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Minnesota

In Minnesota, where fluoridation is state mandated In 2010, 55% of third graders experienced dental decay, while 18% of third graders had untreated cavities.



 Addressing Oral Health Disparities in Minnesota | Healthy People 2020:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fluoridation Fails North Carolina

"Tens of thousands of North Carolinians seek treatment for dental pain in our emergency departments each year -

14% of our kindergartners have untreated decay."  North Carolina is 87.5% fluoridated



NC Oral Health Collaborative - North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fluoridation Fails North Carolina

87.5% of North Carolina is fluoridated. Yet,  “Forty percent of children in North Carolina start school with dental disease,”




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fluoridation fails San Francisco, California

San Francisco is fluoridated, yet  nearly 40 percent of San Francisco children turn up with tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten, public health experts have seen enough. They want to make the city a cavity-free zone.



 "San Francisco’s children have a higher percent of cavities than the
national average at 33 percent, according to federal government
statistics"



"Between 2000 and 2012, the difference between white children and
those who are Chinese, Latino and African American as measured by the
percentage of cavities has increased by 7 percent in San Francisco, the
statistics show.


This is all while the overall oral health of San Francisco’s children has improved over the past decade."







Health leaders try to cut kids’ cavities, improve access to care - SFGate:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fluoridation Fails San Francisco, California

High levels of tooth decay reported among Mission's Latino youth | Neighborhoods | San Francisco | San Francisco Examiner:



For example, 32 percent of kindergartners living in the 94110 ZIP code of the Mission experienced tooth decay in the 2013-14 school year compared to 53 percent in ZIP code 94108, which includes the southern portion of Chinatown, and 45 percent in ZIP code 94133 in the northern part of Chinatown.

However, 436 predominantly Latino kindergartners had tooth decay in the Mission ZIP code, while 60 were affected in the 94108 ZIP code in southern Chinatown and 96 in the 94133 ZIP code in northern Chinatown, according to data from the San Francisco Unified School District’s Kindergarten Oral Health Screening Program, analyzed by the Department of Public Health.

Health officials suspect cultural issues play into the high rates of tooth decay among Latinos and other minorities.

“Hispanic Americans traditionally don’t drink water here because in their countries, the tap water is not safe,” said Margaret Fisher, an oral health consultant with the Department of Public Health. “Bottled water doesn’t have fluoride, which is a mineral that protects the teeth, and is in San Francisco tap water.”

In addition, Latino families often gift sweet foods to children and “it’s not interpreted as giving them dental decay,” Fisher said. Meanwhile, Chinatown has a large immigrant population that holds on to their home country’s belief that baby teeth aren’t important and will be replaced by permanent teeth anyway.

A major problem is the limited number of dentists that take DentiCal. At the community meeting at the Mission Neighborhood Centers Head Start/Early Head Start, Irene Hilton, a dentist at the department’s Silver Avenue Family Health Center, mentioned that Western Dental — one of The City’s largest dental providers — recently announced they will no longer accept DentiCal.

The collaborative, led by the SF Department of Public Health and UC San Francisco, includes dental health providers, school officials and advocates with a strategic plan toward making The City cavity-free. As part of its effort to increase access, the collaborative is pushing a couple of initiatives.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Rhode Island

Rhode Island is 84% fluoridated, Yet, hundreds lined up — some even camped out — for the fourth annual Mission of Mercy free dental clinic, now in its fourth year.



This weekend, close to 1000 patients were seen for a variety of dental needs: infected or broken teeth, cavities; some to have their wisdom teeth removed.



"There's just such a huge gap between the haves and the have-nots," said Dr. Ken Rudman, a volunteer who has a practice in Warwick.



Free dental clinic attracts nearly 1,000 - News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Colorado City

Greeley, Colorado is fluoridated but  "many patients come in for emergencies, such as swollen mouths or pain so severe they have trouble sleeping. Sometimes, patients go so long without dental care Johnson can’t save their teeth. Sometimes, the cases are heartbreaking: He sees children come in with decay on every tooth.

Johnson estimated between 60 to 70 percent of his child patients in Greeley need care that goes beyond checkups, such as fillings or other work, which he said is on par with the national average for lower-income communities."





"Lower-income families are
underserved in Greeley. Less than a third of dentists in the area take Medicaid,
leaving few options, such as the Sunrise clinic, for those with lower incomes to
get dental care. And clinics that serve those in poverty such as Sunrise have to
treat so many emergencies, it is difficult to make time for checkups. Yet, the
checkups help prevent emergencies"
 
“There has been no progress, really, in the national decay rates,
especially in people who are living 100 percent below poverty,” he said."


 Low-income families most at risk for dental problems, lack of care access | GreeleyTribune.com: At Sunrise,