From the Front Line

Medicaid Turns 50 — and Saves Money from Fluoridation

July 30, 2015 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Medicaid serves as a critical safety net for children when it comes to dental care. Not surprisingly, this program takes up a significant share of the typical state budget. New data from a federally funded commission shows that Medicaid accounts for nearly one in five dollars (18.9%) of the average… » Read Full Post

Colorado Officials Recommend all Communities Fluoridate

July 30, 2015 Communities Supporting Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride in the News

Governor John Hickenlooper and Dr Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, have issued a statement supporting the use of community water fluoridation (CWF) in all Colorado communities: “The Governor’s Office and Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recommend… » Read Full Post

Recommended Children’s Books on Teeth

July 28, 2015 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

The Maryland Dental Action Coalition has released a list of 22 recommended children’s books on oral health. What a great way to increase information on oral health to families and introduce children to concepts like visiting the dentist and taking care of teeth. The list, developed by an interprofessional group… » Read Full Post

The Cochrane Review on Community Water Fluoridation – Additional Resources

July 24, 2015 Fluoride in the News What the Experts Say about Fluoride

In addition to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) comments on the Cochrane Review of CWF, the American Dental Association (ADA) recently posted a press release and an ADA News story on the Cochrane Review on its Fluoridation Resources page. These highlight a number of the Cochrane… » Read Full Post

Network for Public Health Law Affirms CWF

July 23, 2015 Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride in the News What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Following the April 2015 release of the new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommendations, the Network for Public Health Law released an excellent issue brief on community water fluoridation (CWF). It provides a concise explanation of the history, process and public health impact of water fluoridation. It… » Read Full Post

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

July 8, 2015 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

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.… » Read Full Post

Communications and Public Health: the Vaccine and Fluoride Connection

July 7, 2015 Fluoride and Public Health

Contributed by: Brittany Seymour The field of health communication is rapidly evolving due to new and emerging social media modalities. In an age where information is literally and instantaneously at our fingertips, people are galvanized to seek answers and make health decisions more independently, relying less on the knowledge of… » Read Full Post

CDC Statement on the Cochrane Review

July 6, 2015 Fluoride in the News

The Division of Oral Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published comments on the recent Cochrane review of water fluoridation. The comments include a detailed comparison of the Public Health Service (PHS) recommendation that was released in April 2015 by the U.S. Department of Health… » Read Full Post

Lifetime Achievement Awards Presented at the Campaign for Dental Health’s Annual Meeting

July 1, 2015 Campaign for Dental Health News

At the Annual Fluoridation Meeting – Broadening Our Sphere of Influence, the Campaign for Dental Health was pleased to present our annual determination awards and our new lifetime achievement awards. [caption id="attachment_6569" align="alignright" width="300"] Pictured left to right: Myron Allukian, Jr, DDS, MPH; Chuck Haynie, MD; Ernie Newbrun, DMD, PhD;… » Read Full Post

The Cochrane Review of Community Water Fluoridation

June 22, 2015 Facts about Fluoride Fluoride in the News

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… » Read Full Post

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