From the Front Line

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

Editorial: Why fluoride in water should be adjusted, not rejected

January 14, 2011 Communities Supporting Fluoride

In 1945, Grand Rapids, Mich., became the first U.S. city to fluoridate its water supply. After the federal announcements in January 2011 about fluoride, some anti-fluoride activists called for removing fluoride from drinking water. But this editorial by the Grand Rapids Press declares that taking all fluoride out of water… » Read Full Post

Congressional Research Service Report: Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Review of Fluoridation and Regulation Issues

January 3, 2011 What the Experts Say about Fluoride

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 67% of the 246 million people in the United States who receive their water from a public water system received fluoridated water in 2000. One of the CDC national health goals is to increase the proportion of the U.S. population served by community… » Read Full Post

GAO Report: Efforts Under Way to Improve Children’s Access to Dental Services, but Sustained Attention Needed to Address Ongoing Concerns

November 7, 2010 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

The U.S. Government Accountability Office examines the barriers to dental care for millions of children who are enrolled in state Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs. The report identified 25 states in which fewer than half of the dentists treated any Medicaid patients during the previous year. The… » Read Full Post

Issue Brief: Oral Health Opportunities in School-Based Health Centers

October 21, 2010 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

How can school-based health centers help protect kids’ oral health? This question is explored in an issue brief by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center. The brief shares examples of successful locally-based programs. Download to read more (PDF 916KB) » Read Full Post

Article: Gaps in Florida’s pediatric dental care

August 8, 2010 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

A Florida newspaper reviewed state dental statistics and concluded that the Sunshine State “has one of the worst records in the country for providing dental care for its most vulnerable residents.” Based on the data it reviewed, the Ocala Star-Banner reported that 32 Florida counties have no pediatric dentist —… » Read Full Post