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.

Friday, January 23, 2015

UNtreated tooth decay afflicts 72% of Native American Youth

Native American youth – roughly 62,000 kids here in Washington – don’t have adequate access to oral health care. It is unacceptable that 72 percent of native youth like me have untreated tooth decay. We deserve access to quality, equitable oral health care.

 Backs dental therapists to improve health care | Letters to the Editor | The Bellingham Herald:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

People Asking for Funds for Dental Care

Dental care has become so expensive, that at least 953 people are asking for funds to get their teeth fixed at a site that was set up to fund projects.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Berks County Medical Society - Hot Topics Archive

 From 37.3% (non-hispanic white high income children) to 70.5% (Mexican American low income children) of five year olds in the US in 2000 had evidence of decay when examined.  Berks County Medical Society - Hot Topics Archive:

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Poor people face dental dilemma - Kamloops Daily News

 People who are homeless or on seniors' pension or welfare can have a difficult time getting dental care, says the retired dentist who deals with all of them at the New Life Mission's clinic.

Dr. Holly Schweiger said he hears stories every day about people who can't find a dentist to fix their teeth because they have no money, or those same people face long waits to get care or are treated badly.

"We have 83 dentists in town and only about two or three will even look at those of the marginalized society," he said Wednesday.

 Poor people face dental dilemma - City & Region - Kamloops Daily News:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Kentucky

Fluoridation has been state-mandated in Kentucky for a very long time.  But one in five preschoolers screened by the health department’s oral health program have tooth decay, and the number jumps to half of second-graders.Protect baby teeth and prevent decay :

Monday, December 15, 2014

Australian Teeth Getting Worse Despite Fluoridation

90% of Australians are served fluoridated water. But " Australian Teeth Are Getting Worse."

A recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found that Australians’
dental health has not improved. There’s been a rise in the average number of children’s baby teeth affected by decay and an increase in the number of adults reporting adverse oral health.
Nearly half of all children aged 12 years had decay in their permanent teeth.
Over one-third of adults had untreated decay, more than 50% of people aged 65 years and more had
gum disease and one in five had complete tooth loss.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kids need extensive dental care in fluoridated Key West

Key West, Florida, is fluoridated. Yet, "A six-year-old girl in Key West needs $10,000 worth of dental work, and a nine-year-old boy stopped smiling two years ago when kids at school started making fun of two discolored teeth."

Rotary program saves smiles | KeysNews.com: All money raised at the rotary club's annual Help a Child Smile
golf tournament, scheduled for Jan. 18 at the Key West Golf Club, is
used to pay local dentists who treat local children.

 But funds have dwindled, and the Rotary Club currently has a waiting list of children hoping to see a dentist before their smile is forever replaced by the sullen look of a child in pain. 

 "There are so many kids that we have to prioritize, but you
know the pain for each child is getting worse every week, and we really
want to focus on preventive medicine."

The Rotary
Club recently began sending dentists and hygienists into schools to
conduct preliminary, non-invasive dental screenings.

sent out 300 permission slips to at-risk kids, printed in English,
Spanish and Creole," Hirsch said. "We got 70 slips back, so we were able
to screen 70 kids. These are kids whose families can barely pay their
rent, not to mention annual dental check-ups."

information, or to make a donation, visit the Key
West Rotary Club's
dental fund online at helpachildsmilekw.org or email Hirsch at kwdentalfundtournament@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dental Health Deteriorating Despite Fluoridation & Fluoridated Dental Products

Concern for oral care is increasing due to rising prevalence of tooth decay, periodontal diseases, tooth erosion, and tooth sensitivity

 Electric Operated Dental Drill Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast to 2020 - Press Release - Digital Journal:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fluoridation Fails the US

Emergency department (ED) use for dental care has been a growing problem in the United
States, particularly for young adults. From 2000 through 2010, utilization of dental services
in EDs has steadily risen for young adults ages 21-34. Other studies also documented an
increase in dental ED utilization over the last decade. Dental ED visits are growing as a
percentage of all ED visits. In 2010, it was estimated that it costs up to $2.1 billion to treat
dental ED visits


Saturday, November 01, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Ireland

In Ireland, where fluoridation is mandated country-wide,  Irish dental surgeries are "brimming" with children showing signs of irreparable tooth decay

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Australia

Ninety percent of Australians are served fluoridated water. Yet: TOOTH
decay in children is steadily on the rise, with half of all Australian
six-year-olds suffering from tooth decay in their baby teeth.

Fluoridation Fails San Antonio, Texas

In fluoridated San Antonio: 

People in pain line up for free dental clinic

A day before the free dental treatment event opened, a crowd was on hand at the Convention Center. Families, couples and lone patients stood in a line that snaked around the building, seeking relief from throbbing pain, headaches and gum disease.
When the doors opened that early Sunday morning of Oct. 12, 938 dentists, hygienists, assistants, community workers and students were ready to tend to the crowd's needs.
From 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., volunteers from 36 states and 10 countries cared for the patients at the 2014 Mission of Mercy,

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fluoridation Fails West Virginia

West Virginia is 91% fluoridated

Oral health continues to be a major health issue in West Virginia:
  • By Age 8 - 38% of school-aged children have untreated dental decay, 66% have had at least one cavity. 1
  • 84% of school age children have dental cavities by high school graduation. 2
  • 37.5% of adults over 65 have lost all of their teeth. (Kaiser State Health Facts) 3


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Minnesota

Dental Therapy: Evolving in Minnesota's Safety Net: Davis et al.[11] found that in a single year patients made more than 10 000 emergency department visits to 5 major hospital systems in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area. These patients incurred total charges of $5 million for dental issues such as toothaches and abscesses.

Minneapolis and St Paul Minnesota are fluoridated.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Fluoridation Fails New York Ctiy Higher Income Folks, too

New York City is 100% fluoridated. Yet, family troubles are  tied to Poorer Dental Health

For the new study, Lorber and his colleagues analyzed 135 married or
cohabiting heterosexual couples and their elementary school-aged
children. They were mostly white, with an average annual income of

On average, women had 3.5
additional dental cavities and men had 5.3 additional cavities for every
above-average statistical increase in their partners’ noxious behavior
toward them, the investigators found. Children had an average of 1.9
additional cavities for every above-average increase in their mothers’
emotional aggression toward their partners.

Lorber noted that in addition
to disrupting healthy eating and oral health routines, noxious family
environments may also impact the immune system, potentially leading to
greater tooth decay.

“Maybe if you’re fighting like
cats and dogs, you’re neglecting your teeth … or eating more sugar and
carbs,” he said. “Certainly the immune system is also known not to
function as well in hostile families. It’s another way the family
environment might impact oral health.”

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Delaware

Fluoridation is required by the state in Delaware:

 Low income? Dental care hard to come by

The cost to taxpayers has been a major obstacle to expanding the state's subsidized dental benefits, said Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, D-Middletown, chair of the state Senate Health Committee.

Hall-Long introduced two bills in the 147th Legislative session that specifically addressed that need for subsidized adult dental care in Delaware, but they failed to make it to the Senate floor.

State budget officials then estimated the expansion would cost $6.2 million a year for about 216,000 beneficiaries.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Fluoridation Fails North Carolina

North Carolina is 87% fluoridated
Twenty-eight percent of 5,484 North Carolina students (grade K – 12)  have dental fluorosis – from questionable to severe. Yet 57% still had cavities.

Fluoridation Fails Florida Children

Dental Problems Number One Reason FL Kids Miss School / Public News Service

  in spite of the greater prevalence of fluoride in drinking water, what a child
eats and drinks can have a big impact, even if they have good brushing habits.
"It's starting to get worse. All the soft drinks, Gatorade, the high-acidic
food, the refined carbohydrates. It's easier to do that than it is to eat fruits
and vegetables," says Stevenson

(most beverages sold in supermarkets have a fluoride content equal to that in the water supply where it was made)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Australia

Australia is mostly fluoridated but "A national report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on
dental health found that more than 60 per cent of nine-year-olds
accessing dental services had decayed, missing or filled teeth."

Rot of tooth decay growing in Australian children | The Examiner

Thursday, August 07, 2014

After state fluoridation mandate, Kentucky Needs More $$ to treat Decay

Kentucky Public Health Grant to Help Fight Kids' Tooth Decay | WKMS: According the governor’s website, 36% of Kentucky’s children suffer untreated dental decay, ranking 45th among states, and a little over half of adults age 65 and up are missing 6 or more teeth, ranking the state 47th.

After fluoridation was state-mandated in Kentucky, tooth decay rates doubled.


Sunday, August 03, 2014

Fluoridation Fails Texas

Texas is 80% fluoridated. Yet, Texas Mission of Mercy organizers expect to see about 1000 people and help them with their dental problems.

There is a lot of people who can't afford dentistry, it's expensive, we try to help the working poor," said Judith Gonzales, the director of the Texas Dental Association's Smile Foundation. "You think you could go to another country and see this kind of decay and problems but it's in Texas, it's everywhere you go."


Friday, July 25, 2014

Fluoridation Fails: 830,000 dental ER vists

Licensing ‘dental therapists’ could give more Americans the care they need - The Washington Post: IN 2009, 830,000 visits to emergency rooms around the country could have been prevented if the patients had seen a dentist earlier. In 2011, more than half of children on Medicaid went without dental care. These facts lie behind the story of Deamonte Driver, a Prince George’s County seventh-grader who died of a preventable infection that spread from his mouth to his brain in 2007. Maryland pushed through some reforms following Deamonte’s death, but the situation across the country has not dramatically improved.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Buckets of Teeth Pulled in Fluoridated Virginia

Virginia is 95% fluoridated. But "Every year, hundreds of people have every one of their teeth pulled there. Then they put their names into a denture lottery, with the hope of being picked to get a set of false teeth made for them at the next year’s event. Forty-six people were picked from a list of 700 to get dentures this year.
'They pull thousands of teeth here. At the end, they’ll have buckets of teeth,' said volunteer Jennifer Lee, Virginia’s deputy secretary of health and human resources and an emergency room doctor."
'I just had an 18-year-old have a full mouth extraction because she’s never had dental care,' said Beth Bortz, who runs the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. 'It’s not unusual.'”


Tuesday, July 01, 2014

90% fluoridated Wisconsinites have dire dental needs

Even though Wisconsin is 90% fluoridated, $7.1 million in free care had to be delivered to 13,000 patients since 2009 who have been priced out of routine dental care   Sixth WDA Mission of Mercy recap:
In just two days during June 2014:
  • 1,218 volunteers, including 217 dentists
  • 1,925 patient visits
  • $1.3 million in donated care
  • 1,889 fillings
  • 1,485 extractions
  • 792 cleanings
  • 573 sealant/fluoride treatments
  • 43 endo procedures (root canals and therapeutic pulpotomies)
  • 149 full and partial dentures

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Despite Fluoridation Millions Of Americans Don't Get The Dental Care They Need | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

Why Millions Of Americans Don't Get The Dental Care They Need | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR: Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan says, "As many as one-third on average of poor children have dental caries. And in some populations, it's almost half. So we have a preventable problem and a problem that could lead to much greater disease as we have all seen with the unfortunate case of Deamonte, the young sir who had a dental cavity, became an abscess, ruptured into his brain, and he died from meningitis.That unfortunately is not the only such case like that. "