Your teens may think that they don’t need you anymore, but they’ll always need their teeth!

February 22nd, 2017 Children's Oral Health and Fluoride, Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care

Do you remember chasing your toddler around trying to brush his teeth before bed? You may not have to do that anymore, but oral health is as important for adolescents as it was when they were little, maybe even more so. During adolescence we want to be sure that children continue effective oral hygiene habits […]


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

February 21st, 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, 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 healthy food, safe housing, quality education, […]


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 […]