From the Front Line

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

Report: The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children

February 23, 2010 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

An estimated one in five 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 Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children, finds that two-thirds of states are… » Read Full Post

Policy Brief: Unaffordable Dental Care Is Linked to Frequent School Absence

November 12, 2009 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic disease of childhood and affects nearly 60% of children in the United States. The impact of dental problems reaches many institutions, including the nation’s schools. According to this research brief by the University of California at Los Angeles, the state’s children missed… » Read Full Post

Article: Oregon and fluoridation: The go-to place for tooth decay

April 23, 2009 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Portland, Oregon is one of the largest U.S. cities that still does not offer residents a water supply that has the optimal level of fluoride to prevent tooth decay. In this column, Rick Attig, an editor writer for The Oregonian — the state’s largest newspaper — writes that “Portland's kids,… » Read Full Post