From the Front Line

Flint, Lead, and Communities of Color

August 16, 2017 Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

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… » Read Full Post

Tobacco 21: Protecting the Mouth and the Rest of the Body

August 14, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Here’s a quick challenge: make a list of the reasons why you should never start using tobacco products. Was improved oral health among them? Preventing early onset of tobacco use is an important factor in preventing gum disease and oral cancer. That’s why the Campaign for Dental Health supports Tobacco… » Read Full Post

New Recommendations for Water, Fruit Juice in Early Childhood

August 3, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Guest Blog Post by Laura Vollmer, RD, MPH, Nutrition Policy Institute A February 2017 expert panel report, “Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers: A Responsive Parenting Approach” from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research program, provides new direction on healthy nutrition for children aged 0-2. Early life diet and feeding… » Read Full Post

Oral Exams Don’t Just Save Teeth – Check the Mouth for Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

July 31, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) released a revision to the clinical report, Oral and Dental Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect. The report helps pediatricians and other primary care providers as well as dentists and other dental providers to identify… » Read Full Post

Effectiveness on Early Childhood Caries of an Oral Health Promotion Program for Medical Providers

July 28, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

A new study entitled Effectiveness on Early Childhood Caries of an Oral Health Promotion Program for Medical Providers by Dr. Patricia Braun et al. reports that an oral health promotion (OHP) program significantly reduced early childhood caries (ECC) in program participants. At Denver Health, a large safety net system serving… » Read Full Post

Meadville, Pennsylvania Votes to Initiate Fluoridation

June 20, 2017 Communities Supporting Fluoride Fluoride in the News

The favorable 3-2 vote on starting water fluoridation in Meadville, Pennsylvania is wonderful news. Although Meadville isn't a large city, this win is very important for several reasons. First, several communities in the state have ceased community water fluoridation (CWF) in the past few years. This victory disrupts an anti-fluoride… » Read Full Post

Support Gun Violence Prevention for #HealthyCommunities

June 1, 2017 Fluoride and Public Health Partners in Fluoride

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is committed to programs and policies that improve the lives of children and families so they can achieve their full potential.¹ The Campaign for Dental Health, a program of the AAP, promotes community water fluoridation because it reduces dental decay by about 25% compared… » Read Full Post

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends No Fruit Juice for Children Under 1 Year

May 30, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

On May 22, 2017, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new juice recommendations saying that the fruit juice holds no nutritional value for children under the age of 1 and accounts for the rising rates of obesity and concerns about dental health, based on evidence accumulated over recent years.… » Read Full Post

Happy Mother’s Day – The Gift of a Healthy Smile

May 11, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

When a woman finds out she is pregnant it is hard for her to envision her baby, let alone her baby’s teeth. She has visions of rocking him to sleep, feeding him, and maybe even reading him a book, but a thought about the first time she brushes his teeth… » Read Full Post

New Video: Importance of Water for Good Oral Health

May 5, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care Partners in Fluoride

The average child in the United States now consumes over half of her body weight in sugar every year. Much of it comes from sugary beverages including juice, sports drinks, and soda. Too much sugar can lead to serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and poor oral health. We… » Read Full Post

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