From the Front Line

Austin Residents to Continue to Benefit from Fluoridation

August 27, 2015 Communities Supporting Fluoride Fluoride in the News

The city of Austin, Texas will continue to provide its residents with the benefits of community water fluoridation (CWF) after a proposal to end the public health practice failed to advance before two city committees. Austin began its fluoridation program in 1973 following a public vote to initiate the practice.… » Read Full Post

CDC Cites Community Water Fluoridation among Effective Strategies for Preventing Tooth Decay

August 27, 2015 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care What the Experts Say about Fluoride

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the National Governors Association and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, has recently developed State Strategies to Improve Health and Control Cost tools and resources to provide public health stakeholders, governors’ offices, and Medicaid directors with specific, evidence-based population… » Read Full Post

Say Hola to Summer with New AAP Oral Health Resources in Spanish

August 25, 2015 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently translated two of its resources in to Spanish. The AAP/Bright Futures Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool has been translated and can be used in coordination with the Self-Management Goals that were already available on the website in Spanish. The AAP Brush, Book,… » Read Full Post

The Tooth Fairy Gave You How Much?

August 21, 2015 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Kids these days. We remember back when we lost a tooth and the Tooth Fairy left us a quarter or maybe, if we were lucky, a crisp dollar bill. Times sure have changed. On August 22, we are joining in on the celebration of National Tooth Fairy Day! Now children… » Read Full Post

Four-State Collaborative Launches New From the First Tooth Website!

August 20, 2015 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

From the First Tooth™ is a pediatric oral health initiative promoting the oral health of infants, toddlers and preschool children. The purpose of the initiative is to assist primary care medical providers integrate the following as standard of care for young pediatric patients: Assessing the oral health of young children… » Read Full Post

Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care

August 17, 2015 Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Oral health is essential for healthy development and healthy aging, yet nationwide there is an unacceptably high burden of oral disease. Delivering preventive oral health care in the primary care setting will expand access for nearly all patients, particularly high-risk and vulnerable patients. A new white paper published by Qualis… » Read Full Post

Oral Health: A Challenge for Children with Special Healthcare Needs

August 14, 2015 Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs has recently highlighted in their monthly newsletter, Pulse, real life examples of the challenges faced by children with special healthcare needs and their families when seeking dental care. The stories are a shocking portrayal of a system that does not support care… » Read Full Post

Youth Say YES! to Organizing for Better Oral Health

August 13, 2015 Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care Partners in Fluoride

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… » Read Full Post

Fluoride Varnish: What Parents Need to Know

August 13, 2015 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Healthy gums and teeth are important to your child's overall health. This is why your child's doctor will talk with you about good dental habits even before your child's first tooth appears.  Once your child has a tooth, your doctor or dentist may recommend that your child receive fluoride varnish… » Read Full Post

Fort Smith, Arkansas Fluoride Contract Approved

August 11, 2015 Communities Supporting Fluoride

The Fort Smith Board of Directors voted last week to approve a contract for the engineering services related to the addition of fluoride to the town’s drinking water. The Board of Directors previously accepted a $2 million grant from Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation to support the fluoridation effort. This… » Read Full Post

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