From the Front Line

Editorial: As We See It: No more excuses: Fluoride prevents tooth decay, yet still absent in Santa Cruz County

November 21, 2011 Communities Supporting Fluoride Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Emphasizing the need to recognize the facts, this editorial highlights the benefits that community water fluoridation can have for the approximately 600,000 Santa Cruz County residents who lack health insurance and adequate access to a dentist. (more…) » Read Full Post

Press Release: Pew applauds California vote to fluoridate, urges policy makers to be guided by sound science

November 18, 2011 Communities Supporting Fluoride

More than 280,000 Californians, including San Jose-area residents, are closer to better dental health after the board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District voted Tuesday to adopt a Pew-supported policy to fluoridate its system. "We welcome the board’s decision, as this vote reflects the substantial evidence that fluoridation benefits… » Read Full Post

Article: National dental-health coalition urges water fluoridation

November 16, 2011 Partners in Fluoride

Even though Wichita is among the 10 largest U.S. cities who have not added fluoride in tap water, a national coalition of dental health groups launched a new effort Tuesday to expand the fluoridation of municipal water supplies in America as a way to improve oral health. (more…) » Read Full Post

Water Fluoridation Urged by National Dental Health Coalition

November 16, 2011 Partners in Fluoride

"Water fluoridation is being pushed by a national coalition of dental health groups which launched a new effort Tuesday to expand the fluoridation of municipal water supplies in America as a way to improve oral health..." (more…) » Read Full Post

Article: National Campaign Renews Push for Water Fluoridation

November 16, 2011 Partners in Fluoride

The new Campaign for Dental Health launched Tuesday. The Campaign is a coalition of health and children's advocacy groups working together to prevent tooth decay through water fluoridation. "Leaders of the new Campaign for Dental Health say opposition to the decades-old practice is growing, fueled by misinformation spread online. The campaign… » Read Full Post

Article: Santa Clara Valley Water District OKs adding fluoride to its drinking water

November 16, 2011 Communities Supporting Fluoride

After 90 minutes of a lively debate in a crowded room, the board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District voted to put the district on record supporting fluoridation. This vote marked the first steps in Silicon Valley adding fluoride to the drinking water in most of Santa Clara County,… » Read Full Post

Editorial: San Jose should fluoridate its water

November 9, 2011 Fluoride in the News

San Jose, CA is the largest U.S. city without complete fluoridation. On Tuesday, November 15, 2011 the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board will have the chance to vote on a proposal to fluoridate drinking at its three treatment plants. This will be San Jose’s opportunity to stand up for… » Read Full Post

Press Release: HRSA awards $2.3 million to integrate oral health care into school-based health centers

September 27, 2011 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services Program supports the integration of oral health care into existing school-based health centers that are not grant-supported Federally Qualified Health Centers. These funds will improve access to oral health… » Read Full Post

Article: New Laws in Illinois Will Increase Coverage of Preventative Care

August 10, 2011 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Governor Pat Quinn (IL) signed into law four new laws designed to improve the health of Illinois residents. Among other improvements to Illinois' health care system, the new laws will improve dental care for children. Senate Bill 1948 requires the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to work… » Read Full Post

IOM Report: Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations

July 13, 2011 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

"Approximately 33.3 million people live in areas with shortages of dental health professionals. In 2008, 4.6 million children did not obtain needed dental care because their families could not afford it. And in 2006, only 38 percent of retirees had dental coverage, which is not covered by Medicare. Good health… » Read Full Post