1 in 5 Kids Do Not Get Dental Check-ups Annually

by Rajshri on  February 23, 2010 at 9:33 PM Dental News   - G J E 4
 1 in 5 Kids Do Not Get Dental Check-ups Annually
A study by the Pew Center says that one in five U.S. children do not get annual dental examinations done. Additionally the report said that many states do not have the infrastructure to implement cost-saving preventive programs.

"Americans will be spending $106 billion on dental care this year," said Shelly Gehshan, director of the Pew Children's Dental Campaign. She added that a majority of the money was spent on costly treatments like root canals, which could be prevented with adequate attention during childhood.

The report also found that programs to apply cavity-preventing sealants to children's molars were available in just 17 states, while fluoridated water was supplied in just 26 states. Just six states received "A" grade for their dental health policies.

Source: Medindia

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This report fails to report the obvious. Are any of these grading measures actually reducing tooth decay

e.g., South Carolina got an "A" but ranks 31 in tooth loss of those over 65 (Utah ranks #2 but got a "D") and ranks 37 in those who have lost 6 or more teeth due to decay or gum disease.(Utah ranks #1, the best)

In Connecticut which received an A, fluoridation is state-mandated. Yet a 2007 survey of Connecticut schoolchildren found that 31% of children in Head Start aged 2-4 have already experienced tooth decay and that 14% of those children had 5 or more teeth decayed or missing from decay. By Kindergarten, more than one in four children have experienced dental decay, 16% of which have untreated decay

In New York State, county data shows that tooth decay is lowest in the NON-fluoridated counties. Nation-wide, tooth loss is highest in the most fluoridated states.

These uncomfortable facts are being ignored. Rotten diets make rotten teeth. Healthy foods must be subsidized or poor kids fed for free. Fluoridation wastes money that would be better spent filling cavities and repairing bombed out teeth that fluoride has never been able to prevent.

If the first solution is too much government, then so is fluoridation which is wasting tax payers money with no benefit to the tax payer.

fluoridation Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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