From the Front Line

Fake News: Not a New Problem

January 5, 2017 Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride in the News Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Fake news is not new. Those of us who talk to patients and communities about fluoride and fluoridation are very familiar with the phenomenon. In recent years, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing web articles like this one about Dallas officials ending community water fluoridation. On the contrary, the Dallas City… » Read Full Post

What would a month without sugar mean to your child’s teeth?

January 3, 2017 Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Thanks in large part to national efforts to combat and prevent childhood obesity, we are all increasingly aware of the harms posed by the amount of sugar in our diets. David Leonhardt of the New York Times proposes a new year’s resolution of sorts in A Month Without Sugar, an… » Read Full Post

San Jose, CA Gives Residents a Timely Gift of Better Oral Health

December 20, 2016 Communities Supporting Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride in the News

The holiday season is a time of giving, and families in several areas of San Jose, California received an early gift on December 12 when their local water system began providing water with fluoride to their homes. Roughly 230,000 local residents gained access that day to fluoridated water—a public health… » Read Full Post

New Pregnancy and Oral Health Video from AMCHP

December 6, 2016 Partners in Fluoride

This video from the Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) perfectly depicts why dental care is the last thing on an expectant mother’s mind and why it should be one of the first! Pregnant mothers have so many things to do and decisions to make and getting to… » Read Full Post

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

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