From the Front Line

Low Income Children Deserve Better Access to Dental Care

November 11, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, risk being realized come January 2017, when Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress take their seats. Much remains to be seen, but one thing that is unlikely to change much or change soon is unmet need. Children from families with low… » Read Full Post

Bottled Water or Tap? Considerations for your Choice

November 8, 2016 Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

The New York Times published a fun interactive quiz in late October, Bottled Water or Tap: How Much Does Your Choice Matter? It takes the reader through a series of questions, mostly to gauge knowledge, but also to show us the environmental impact of our personal habits. It’s the kind… » Read Full Post

An Imperative: Treat the Social Determinants of Health

November 7, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

For a soft spoken person, Sir Michael Marmot, Director of England’s Institute of Health Equity, is a riveting speaker. Humble, deliberate, and always backed by evidence, Marmot frames our obligation to address the social determinants of health not just as a systems issue but as a moral imperative. Any health… » Read Full Post

History Is Full of Bad Decisions

October 10, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health What the Experts Say about Fluoride

We all have them, those cringe-inducing photos from 10 years ago. Did we really wear those colors? What made us like that hair style? Over time, change is inevitable. Even scientific facts and evidence evolve and change. That’s why, for example, in 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services… » Read Full Post

Let’s Do Our Part for A Healthy Start

October 10, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health

In order to be healthy, kids need healthy teeth. It is that simple. Dental disease is largely preventable and should not be the most common chronic disease of childhood yet, sadly, it is. This is especially true among children from families with low incomes and communities of color. Community water… » Read Full Post

National Drinking Water Alliance Launches DrinkingWaterAlliance.org

September 29, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Partners in Fluoride

New Digital Clearinghouse Brings 100s of Drinking Water Resources under One Roof The National Drinking Water Alliance (NDWA), a coalition of nonprofits, academic institutions, advocates and individuals, works to ensure that all children are able to access safe water in the places where they live, learn, and play. NDWA has… » Read Full Post

Oral Health, Rural America and Fluoridated Water

September 26, 2016 Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

A couple of seemingly unrelated articles in the news recently are in fact very much related. On September 12, National Public Radio (NPR) told the story of Jessica Tefonik, a 31 year old mother of three living in rural Wisconsin. She had just received a set of dentures to replace… » Read Full Post

Back 2 School + Smiles = Back 2 Smiles!

August 23, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

It’s that great time of year when parents and kids start gearing up to go back to school. But for many children, classroom learning will be disrupted by pain from tooth decay. This is especially sad because the pain and suffering that send so many kids to the school nurse… » Read Full Post

Fluoridation: It’s Not Just for Kids

August 18, 2016 Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

For decades, Americans have known that adding fluoride to drinking water helps protect teeth from cavities. Yet some people mistakenly believe this health benefit is enjoyed only by children. In fact, various studies — including one released a few months ago — are strengthening the evidence that adults also benefit… » Read Full Post

2016 Community Water Fluoridation Determination Awards

August 10, 2016 Campaign for Dental Health News Communities Supporting Fluoride Partners in Fluoride

[caption id="attachment_7292" align="alignright" width="250"] Left to Right: Patti Ulrich of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition; Francoise Mbabazi of Oral Health Colorado[/caption] 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… » Read Full Post

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