Oral Health and Pregnancy

February 1st, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

The importance of a healthy mouth both before and during pregnancy is not well-understood by most people. What we do know is that dental caries, the disease-process that leads to cavities, is caused by bacteria. Bacteria can spread and do so easily in families. Oral bacteria are no different, and for this reason it is […]


Low Income Children Deserve Better Access to Dental Care

November 11th, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, risk being realized come January 2017, when Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress take their seats. Much remains to be seen, but one thing that is unlikely to change much or change soon is unmet need. Children from families with low incomes, especially those in Black, […]


An Imperative: Treat the Social Determinants of Health

November 7th, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

For a soft spoken person, Sir Michael Marmot, Director of England’s Institute of Health Equity, is a riveting speaker. Humble, deliberate, and always backed by evidence, Marmot frames our obligation to address the social determinants of health not just as a systems issue but as a moral imperative. Any health inequality that is “by reasonable […]


History Is Full of Bad Decisions

October 10th, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, What the Experts Say about Fluoride

We all have them, those cringe-inducing photos from 10 years ago. Did we really wear those colors? What made us like that hair style? Over time, change is inevitable. Even scientific facts and evidence evolve and change. That’s why, for example, in 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services revised the recommended level of […]


National Drinking Water Alliance Launches DrinkingWaterAlliance.org

September 29th, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Facts about Fluoride, Fluoride and Public Health, Partners in Fluoride

New Digital Clearinghouse Brings 100s of Drinking Water Resources under One Roof The National Drinking Water Alliance (NDWA), a coalition of nonprofits, academic institutions, advocates and individuals, works to ensure that all children are able to access safe water in the places where they live, learn, and play. NDWA has just announced the launch of […]


Back 2 School + Smiles = Back 2 Smiles!

August 23rd, 2016 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

It’s that great time of year when parents and kids start gearing up to go back to school. But for many children, classroom learning will be disrupted by pain from tooth decay. This is especially sad because the pain and suffering that send so many kids to the school nurse – and even the emergency […]