From the Front Line

Dental health coverage expanded through Louisiana’s Medicaid Program

December 3, 2011 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals has made strides to improve children's dental health. Effective December 1, 2011 the Louisiana Medicaid Program began reimbursing physicians for applying fluoride varnish twice each year to the teeth of Medicaid recipients between 6 months and 5 years of age. With the implementation of… » Read Full Post

Fluoridation Debate

November 22, 2011 Facts about Fluoride

The debate regarding the benefits of fluoridation has been ongoing for over 60 years and it does not seem to be going anywhere soon. As science continues to influence the nature of the debate, opponents of fluoride have made unsubstantiated claims based on “poorly designed studies done in Chine or… » Read Full Post

KIDS COUNT Receives $105,500 Grant from Benedum Foundation to Address Children’s Dental Health Issues

November 21, 2011 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

West Virginia KIDS COUNT recently was awarded a $105,500 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The grant funding will go toward working to develop and dental health indicator that can be used in the organization’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book. It is the goal of the grant to demonstrate… » Read Full Post

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