From the Front Line

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

Report: The State of Children’s Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter

July 12, 2011 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

An estimated 16.5 million children go without dental care each year. States play a key role in ensuring that low-income children have access to basic, preventive dental care. A new report, The State of Children’s Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter, finds that more than half of states are doing a… » Read Full Post

Column: Deamonte Driver’s Death From Toothache Grants More Kids Dental Care Access

March 7, 2011 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, writes about how the tragic death of a 12-year-old Maryland boy spurred national and state efforts to improve oral health. Edelman explains in her Huffington Post column how untreated dental problems can seriously undermine a child’s education and overall health. Click… » Read Full Post