Saturday, May 29, 2004
Monday, May 24, 2004
"'In Sydney it was claimed that up to 1970 there had been a tremendous reduction in dental cases in children's teeth, then it was revealed that Sydney wasn't fluoridated until 1968,' he said."
Sunday, May 23, 2004
"I've seen kids at age 4 who need $4,000 of dental work."
Saturday, May 22, 2004
After over five decades of water fluoridation:
"the number of cavities in baby teeth ...has remained unchanged among those aged 2 to 5 since the 1970s, the study authors noted."
"their passion for the fixing the dental crisis has been driven by the children and adults they've seen in pain. Harmon believes that if people could see the problem first-hand like she does on a daily basis, they'd feel just as compelled."
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
"Preliminary results from a 2003 survey of Massachusetts 3 rd graders indicate that
48% of all children and 65% of children on MassHealth (low-income children)
have a history of dental disease (cavities and/or fillings); 26% of all children and
40% of MassHealth children have untreated decay (cavities); and 7% of all
children and 16% of MassHealth children have urgent needs and require
immediate care because of large cavities/infection. In another study conducted
in Cambridge, Lawrence and Boston, dental screenings found that 38-48% of
children needed restorative dental care, with 9-14% requiring immediate referral
for treatment. Students at one Boston high school had four times as many
cavities as the national average."
Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence are fluoridated. 62% of Massachusetts is fluoridated
Forty percent of kids covered by MassHealth suffer from untreated tooth decay and 16 percent urgently needed treatment, the report found. Kids with no insurance again did better, as 24.4 percent had untreated decay and only 5.9 percent had urgent needs"
Monday, May 17, 2004
Sunday, May 16, 2004
"In 2003, more than 9,500 people received care during an inpatient stay at Pardee Hospital and more than 30,780 patients were treated in the Emergency Department. "
Saturday, May 15, 2004
"'Many people think that dentistry has won the war against tooth decay
through water fluoridation, but, unfortunately, we are now seeing a whole new
pattern of dental decay in children. This new decay pattern is due in great
part to habits related to excess consumption of soft drinks.'"
Friday, May 14, 2004
"'There is just a very, very high percentage of children in this part of town that have advanced dental disease, like mouthfuls of cavities at age two and three,' said Pediatric Dental Care Director Dr. Timothy Henson, DMD."
Thursday, May 13, 2004
"But despite more than 3,000 existing clients and another 1,800 waiting for help, the future of the dental center hinges on funding, not fluoride. "
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
"'Underserved and uninsured children already plagued by a variety of health
and medical problems are further compromised when they can't get the oral
health care they need and deserve,' "
Monday, May 10, 2004
"The study found that 38 percent of the energy aid recipients went without medical or dental care for some period during the winter, 22 percent went without food for at least one day, 30 percent went without filling a prescription or taking the full dose of a prescribed medicine,"
Saturday, May 08, 2004
"The need for dental care is especially acute among impoverished children, who have 60 percent more untreated cavities than their peers at higher socioeconomic levels. Last year the van?s dental team provided over 10,000 visits to more than 5,000 children in areas with limited access to oral health care"
"Eighty percent of the children had no dental coverage and were treated free of charge. The children ranged in age from 2 to 14..."
"'Dentists have to join the rest of public health and work with them for the reason of doing what's best for patients, not what's best for dentistry,' Slott said. 'That's a flaw of the dental society. They do things for what's good for dentists. But if you do things that are good for the patients, it will be good for dentistry.'"
Thursday, May 06, 2004
"'The children I'm treating are where the average population was 30 or 40 years ago,' she said.
Dr. Wetherington said it's not unusual to diagnose a first-grader who needs a root canal or to treat a 9- or 10-year-old who's never visited a dentist." (Fredericksburg, Virginia is fluoridated)
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
"Healthy, childhood smiles are being wiped away everyday. Dental decay is one of the most common chronic infectious diseases among U.S. children.
The lack of health insurance is preventing families from needed dental care"
"Pittsburgh dentist Peter Masterson is seeing an alarming increase in horribly decayed teeth and eroded enamel in the mouths of teen-agers and young adults, and he's not alone.
His colleagues across the country are seeing the same thing"
"Tooth Decay Increasing In Younger Patients" in fluoridated Pittsburgh
"Dupaix and her peers see the damage caused by an overindulgence of sodas and junk food. Dupaix says, 'You can see rampant decay. Large black, dark brown areas of the tooth missing.' "
Sunday, May 02, 2004
"the sticks contain significant concentrations of sodium fluoride which could pose a serious health risk if swallowed"
"Dr Taylor says children should be offered milk if they have swallowed the substance and their hands and clothing washed."