From the Front Line

A Framework for Addressing Social Determinants of Oral Health for Low-Income Populations

February 21, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care Partners in Fluoride

Guest Blogger: Stacey Chazin, MPH, Director of Prevention Programs, Center for Health Care Strategies There is growing evidence that the way people live, learn, work, and play has a significant impact on health, including oral health. These social determinants of health (SDOH) — including such things as access to healthy… » Read Full Post

A Year of Oral Health Guidance in Review

February 1, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Guest Blogger: David Cavano, DDS, Member, AAP Section on Oral Health Sometimes it is hard to keep up with all of the new guidance about our health. What we were told yesterday is healthy, is now unhealthy today. Here, I have distilled down some of the oral health guidance from… » Read Full Post

An Easy Recipe for A Happy and Healthy Childhood

February 1, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Wouldn’t it be great if children came with a recipe to make sure that they grow up happy and healthy? We know it isn’t that simple, but generally there are three ingredients we all want for kids – Laugh, Play, and Smile. Now take a minute to think about how… » Read Full Post

Oral Health and Pregnancy

February 1, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

The importance of a healthy mouth both before and during pregnancy is not well-understood by most people. What we do know is that dental caries, the disease-process that leads to cavities, is caused by bacteria. Bacteria can spread and do so easily in families. Oral bacteria are no different, and… » Read Full Post

Why Challenging Fabrications with Facts is Difficult

January 30, 2017 Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health

The Washington Post just conducted a little experiment. In the wake of false claims about the size of the crowd attending the 2017 inauguration, the newspaper surveyed 1,388 American adults, asking them to respond to two photos, one each from the inaugurations of Donald Trump and Barak Obama. Splitting the… » Read Full Post

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