Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Local Boy Dies From Tooth Decay » Catalyst News Network:

Maryland is 94% fluoridated

"In spite of such modern innovations as the fluoridation of drinking water, tooth decay is still the single most common childhood disease nationwide, five times as common as asthma, experts say. Poor children are more than twice as likely to have cavities as their more affluent peers, research shows, but far less likely to get treatment."

"A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him....Deamonte’s death and the ultimate cost of his care, which could total more than $250,000..."

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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Virginia is 94% fluoridated:

"Virginia Head Start data reveal
that, overall, 21% of enrolled children
3–5 years of age need dental treatment;
needs in individual Head Start Programs
in Virginia range from 3% to 46%."

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Mountaineer: Haywood gets a health checkup

The Mountaineer: Haywood gets a health checkup:

Haywood County, North Carolina, is fluoridated:

"Dental care remains a major concern for low income child and adult populations. The health department dental clinic provided 14,713 services last fiscal year. Even with this amount of work, children have an appointment wait of two months to see the dentist and three to four months to see a dental hygienist, Tate said."

"There are no practices that regularly accept patients with difficulty paying. The health department has no appointments available for new low-income adults, and other providers in the county do not take Medicaid or provide sliding fee scales and/or payment options.

Numerous adults suffer from poor oral health with a lack of dental hygiene and abscesses from tooth decay."

Friday, February 23, 2007 | News for Las Vegas, Nevada - Miles for Smiles: Dental Care For Kids | News for Las Vegas, Nevada - Miles for Smiles: Dental Care For Kids:

Fluoridation failing Southern Nevada:

"Dr. Davis continued, 'There is fluoride in the water. However, still see quite a bit of decay.'"

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Austin Chronicle: News: Naked City

The Austin Chronicle: News: Naked City:

Most of Travis County, Texas, is fluoridated:

"Last year, the program screened 30,000 children and treated 5,000, and while it will triple those numbers in 2007, 'It doesn't even begin to touch the need,' says program director Marsha Cook. – "

BBC NEWS | Health | Child dental scheme 'fails poor'

BBC NEWS | Health | Child dental scheme 'fails poor':

"'What we showed was that screening does not lead to any improvement and more importantly it does nothing to reduce inequalities between rich and poor,' he said."

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 ADA News: Dental income report available from ADA Survey Center ADA News: Dental income report available from ADA Survey Center:

"Dentists in general practice who owned their practice earned an average net income of $185,940 in 2004, according to a new report from the ADA Survey Center.

Income from the Private Practice of Dentistry, the first report published from the ADA 2005 Survey of Dental Practice, also shows that specialists' average net income was $315,160 in that year. From 2000-2004 general practitioners' net incomes increased 11.7 percent, while specialists' incomes grew by 20.6 percent."

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Rutland Herald: Rutland Vermont News & Information

Rutland Herald: Rutland Vermont News & Information:

"Only about half of Vermont's dentists accept Medicaid, compared with nearly all pediatricians and about 85 percent of doctors." Opinion: Letters to the Editor: Story: MEDICAID: Kids need access to dental care 02/16/07 Opinion: Letters to the Editor: Story: MEDICAID: Kids need access to dental care 02/16/07:

Jacksonville, Florida, is naturally fluoridated:

"I recently saw an 8-year-old boy who came to me for a checkup. He was a pleasant young man but was very shy and very thin.

When I tried to examine his teeth, he refused to open his mouth.

After much coaxing, I found out why he was so hesitant - his four top teeth were black and rotted away."

The Connecticut Post Online - Dentists pull for disadvantaged children

The Connecticut Post Online - Dentists pull for disadvantaged children:

Fluoridation is state-mandated in Connecticut:

"But lately we are seeing an increase in tooth decay among children. And we are concerned."

"State Department of Public Health records show that only 14 percent of the state's 2,679 dentists accept HUSKY patients.

That's because many dentists consider HUSKY reimbursement rates to be woefully low."

Sky News Australia - [Health News]

Sky News Australia - [Health News]:

In 75% fluoridated Australia:

MBF Chief Medical Officer Dr Christine Bennett says the overall dental health of children is deteriorating in spite of protection from fluoridation of domestic water supplies. "

"The health fund MBF has released figures showing a 42 per cent increase in children being treated in private hospitals for dental cavities."

"Six year olds experienced the biggest increase in private hospital admissions with 42 in the year 2000 almost doubling to 82 in 2005."

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

CDC, dental group warn of too much fluoride for babies |

"CDC, dental group warn of too much fluoride for babies"

"Since the beginning we knew there was a trade off between preventing tooth decay and enamel fluorosis,"

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Sky News Australia:

In 75% fluoridated Australia

"Tooth decay in children under the age of 12 is at its worst in decades according to new figures from dental experts. "

"There's been a 42 per cent increase in the number of children with cavities visiting private hospitals, and the number of stainless steel crowns fitted on baby teeth has almost doubled."
Rockford Register Star | Web site of the Rock River Valley:


"Case in point: While there were 548 dentists in Winnebago County in 2004, only a quarter of them accepted Medicaid patients.

“When screened by the [fluoridated] (Winnebago County)Health Department, 35 percent of students are in need of routine treatment, and 4.9 percent require urgent dental attention,” Cowen said. “Preventive care, including dental sealants, would go a long way toward better teeth for our children and youth.”

Dental care, or lack thereof, was one of three points Cowen highlighted during a news conference " | News | Overweight, inactive children pose health-care challenge:

Fluoridation is required in Illinois:

"Dental health: Fifty-five percent of Illinois third-graders have some tooth decay, and 30 percent have significant decay."