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."

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.

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.

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


 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

"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 | At Sunrise,

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Connecticut Children

In connecticut where fluoridation is state-mandated: My baby has cavities in her baby teeth. Does that make me a bad mother? - The Washington Post:

By age 5, about 60 percent of U.S. children will have experienced tooth decay, according to the “State of Little Teeth Report,” a 2014 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry document based on a survey of 1,000 parents. The report found that the rate of cavities in children 2 to 5 years old increased almost 17 percent from 1988-1994 to 1999-2004.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Despite Fluoridation - Tooth decay a silent epidemic in Colorado kids

Colorado is 72.4% fluoridation. Yet, Tooth decay a silent epidemic in Colorado kids - 7NEWS Denver

In Colorado, 28 percent of children ages 2 to 5 have already experienced tooth decay.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fluoridation Fails New York State

In 2013, 1 in 266 infants enrolled in the program [Medicaid] received oral health services from a non-dental provider and even fewer, 1 in 355, received oral health services from a dentist. By the time these children are in Head Start, 2 in 5 have a history of tooth decay. ECC [Early Childhood Caries or Cavities] are preventable, yet with lack of treatment end up detrimental to the daily life of a child and their future dental and overall health.

Children's Dental Health Workshop - New York State Dental Foundation

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Ireland

In Ireland where fluoridation is mandated county-wide - Dentists report 40% increase in hospitalisations from oral infections | Dentists are reporting an almost 40% increase in the numbers of patients requiring hospitalisation due to oral infections.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More Work Needed Toward Cavity Prevention In Children

Counter to what the CDC numbers say for young children's untreated cavities, the data was not so encouraging for older children, said The New York Times. The prevalence of cavities seemed to hold strong for children past preschool.

There were cavities in the baby teeth of more than half of 6- to 8-year-olds, while 50 percent of 12- to 15-year-olds had permanent teeth with cavities.

A staggering 67 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds' teeth showed decay.

And as dentists are filling more cavities in the very young, doctors emphasize the importance of behavioral changes as a tool against tooth decay.

More Work Needed Toward Cavity Prevention In Children

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Kentucky

Fluoridation has been state-mandated in Kentucky for decades.  Yet, According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky has the third highest tooth loss rate in the nation among older adults, and Kentuckians of all ages are facing vast oral health problems. An assessment of the commonwealth’s dental health found that half of Kentucky's children had decay in their primary teeth and more than 46 percent of children ages 2 - 4 had untreated dental problems—more than twice the national average.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Virginia

Virginia is 96% fluoridated. "The dental needs of thousands in Virginia are acute..."

"One participant divulged that she had been using an Emery board to file
her teeth prior to receiving care. Another outlined how she had been
saving up over years to pay the several hundreds of dollars needed for
tooth extractions prior to being able to apply for dentures."

 Multiple charities donate dental services to those in need on Peninsula - Daily Press:

Friday, March 06, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Ohio

Ohio is 92% fluoridated but  "Dental care has been called Ohio's greatest unmet health need,"

 Ohio Medicaid Patients Struggle To Find Dentists - Topix

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fluoridation Fails Salina, Kansas

Salina, Kansas is fluoridated: Mission of Mercy helps 1,400 dental patients  volunteers performed $1.2 million in dental work for 1,400 patients.

"We extracted 3,118 teeth, did 1,466 fillings and treated 171 children," Reed said.

Some patients were turned away Friday, all patients were seen Saturday, she said

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fluoridation Failing Wisconsin

Access to dental care still a problem for low-income people in Wisconsin: In 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available, emergency departments at Wisconsin hospitals saw 27,741 patients who were in pain because of dental problems, such as abscesses — an average of 533 a week.  Wisconsin is 89% fluoridated.

Most of the visits stem from the limited access to dental care for
people who are covered by BadgerCare Plus, the state's largest Medicaid
program, or for people who are uninsured. And advocates and dentists
alike express little hope that the well-documented and longstanding
problem will improve anytime soon.

A January 2014 report by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services found:

Four out of 10 adults had at least one
permanent tooth removed
because of tooth decay or gum disease, with
missing teeth more common among people with low incomes.

■Among people who live in households with
incomes below $20,000, 60% had at least one permanent tooth removed,
compared with 26% for people with household incomes of more than $75,000
after adjusting for age.

One in three African-American, Latino or
Asian children in third grade had untreated tooth decay
, compared with
one in six for white children.

This is more evidence that fluoridation is unable to bridge the oral health disparity caused by poverty and poor diets.