From the Front Line

Two Decades of Persisting Income Disparities in Dental Caries Among US Children and Adolescents

June 21, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride

Guest Blog Post by Lourdes M. Secola, DMD, MScD, DDS, Cert.PH West Maple Pediatric Dentistry. Omaha, NE Dental caries – known to most of us as tooth decay – continues to be the most common preventable disease of childhood. And the poorer you are, the worse your dental disease is… » Read Full Post

dental caries; children; adolescents

Attempts to Discontinue Fluoridation in U.S. Communities Fail 4 out of 5 Times

June 5, 2018 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Communities Supporting Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Partners in Fluoride

  The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) recently posted the findings of its ongoing surveillance of attempts by opponents of water fluoridation to end the practice in targeted communities. In 2017, although existing fluoridation policy was challenged in 48 communities, it was maintained in 39 (81%). This… » Read Full Post

New Study: No Neurotoxic Effect

April 24, 2018 Fluoride in the News What the Experts Say about Fluoride

In recent years, opponents of community water fluoridation (CWF) have pointed to some studies as supporting their concerns that fluoride is a neurotoxin that can lead to lower IQs or cognitive scores among children. Experts have examined those studies and cited significant weaknesses or limitations. Nonetheless, researchers in multiple countries… » Read Full Post

AAPD Policy on the Use of Silver Diamine Fluoride for Pediatric Dental Patients

October 31, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride What the Experts Say about Fluoride

Guest Blog Post by Yasmi O. Crystal DMD, MSc, FAAPD Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry NYU College of Dentistry   When very young children or children with special needs have cavities, placing fillings in their teeth can be a challenge for all involved. These children often need to be… » Read Full Post

Silver Diamine Fluoride; pediatric dental

Draw No Firm Conclusions from Prenatal Fluoride Exposure Study

October 20, 2017 Fluoride in the News

In these polarized times, it is all too easy to rush to defend our biases and to do so fiercely, leaving no room for reasoned discussion. That is one of the points made by Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta, in… » Read Full Post

Initial Observations on the Prenatal Fluoride Exposure Study

September 21, 2017 Facts about Fluoride Fluoride in the News What the Experts Say about Fluoride

A new study published by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) reports data from Mexico showing an association between higher fluoride urine levels among pregnant women and lower cognitive function among their offspring. This study is a welcome addition to scientific inquiry on the effects of fluoride. Using mother-child pairs, the study,… » Read Full Post

Prenatal; fluoride; exposure

Flint, Lead, Communities of Color, and Health Equity

August 16, 2017 Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

The Campaign for Dental Health has been tracking the safe drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan since water fluoridation advocates sounded the alarm in early 2015. At that time, environmental activist Erin Brockovich wrote a post on Facebook that questioned the use of funds to fluoridate the city’s water. (Brockovich… » Read Full Post

EPA denies petition to end fluoridation in the United States

March 17, 2017 Facts about Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride in the News

On November 23, 2016, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and other groups delivered a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that the agency “prohibit the purposeful addition of fluoridation chemicals to U.S. water supplies” under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 6. On February 27, 2017, a response… » Read Full Post

A Framework for Addressing Social Determinants of Oral Health for Low-Income Populations

February 21, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride Fluoride and Public Health Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care Partners in Fluoride

Guest Blogger: Stacey Chazin, MPH, Former Director of Prevention Programs, Center for Health Care Strategies There is growing evidence that the way people live, learn, work, and play has a significant impact on health, including oral health. These social determinants of health (SDOH) — including such things as access to… » Read Full Post

Low Income Children Deserve Better Access to Dental Care

November 11, 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… » Read Full Post