From the Front Line

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