Oral Health Equity: Building Coalitions to Tackle Disparities

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By: Ashley Suchyta, Campaign for Dental Health Intern This was my second year helping prepare the Campaign for Dental Health annual fluoridation meeting. This year’s meeting, on the theme of Oral Health Equity: Building Coalitions to Tackle Disparities, could have not gone better. The main purpose of the Campaign for Dental Health is to promote […]


A Perfect Smile Comes at a Cost: How Poverty and Food Insecurity Cement Disparities in Oral Health

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Contributed by Qadira Ali Huff, MD, MPH Overview- Why This Matters: A picture-perfect smile falls just out of reach for many children living in poverty. Dental caries is the most common chronic childhood disease, and the burden of dental caries falls disproportionately on low-income and minority children (Dye et al. 2012). Children living in poverty […]


Flint, Lead, and Communities of Color

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The Campaign for Dental Health has been tracking the safe drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan since water fluoridation advocates sounded the alarm in early 2015. At that time, environmental activist Erin Brockovich wrote a post on Facebook that questioned the use of funds to fluoridate the city’s water. (Brockovich has consistently but wrongly impugned […]


Community Water Fluoridation Builds #HealthyCommunities

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Fact: Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood, more common than asthma or allergies. Fact: To eat well and concentrate in school, children need healthy teeth and mouths. Fact: Tooth decay is almost completely preventable. Fact: Children suffer from more tooth decay when they live in communities that do not have water […]


Building #HealthyCommunities: Let’s get oral health into the discussion

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The Campaign for Dental Health, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is pleased to kick off the #HealthyCommunities initiative during National Public Health Week, April 3-7, 2017. To be healthy, kids need healthy teeth. Yet childhood dental disease stubbornly remains the most common chronic disease of childhood. Help us raise the visibility of […]


2016 Community Water Fluoridation Determination Awards

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Congratulations to Francoise Mbabazi of Oral Health Colorado and Patti Ulrich of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition for being presented with the Community Water Fluoridation Determination Award at the fourth annual fluoridation meeting, Oral Health Equity: Building Coalitions to Tackle Disparities! Oral Health Colorado and the Michigan Oral Health Coalition have displayed determination above and […]


Troubled Waters in Flint

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Contributed by: Brittany Seymour, DDS, MPH, with acknowledgements to Janice Cho and Brittanie Dillon We may not have consensus on the definition of social justice, or how to achieve it, but certainly we can agree what’s transgressed in Flint, Michigan is a true mark of social injustice. Over a decade ago, financial crises paved the […]


Youth Say YES! to Organizing for Better Oral Health

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Guest Post by Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!)  Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) seeks to empower youth, in partnership with adults, to create community change. As an organization, YES! strives to provide young people with opportunities that we normally do not receive. Why? Policies, systems, and environments in which we do not have a voice often adversely […]


The Cochrane Review of Community Water Fluoridation

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In October 2000, the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force recommended community water fluoridation (CWF). In April 2013, the Task Force reaffirmed this recommendation and cited “strong evidence” of CWF’s ability to reduce the rate of tooth decay. A new review by the Cochrane Oral Health Group Review concludes that the introduction of CWF “resulted […]


Common questions about fluoride

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1. What do we know about fluoride and fluoridation? Fluoride exists naturally in nearly all water supplies. Water is “fluoridated” when a public water system adjusts the fluoride to a level that is optimal for preventing tooth decay. About 74 percent of Americans whose homes are connected to public water systems receive fluoridated water. However, […]