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Sign of a system in crisis

It’s teeth-grinding news to read that more Americans are heading to hospital emergency departments for dental care. Well, not for dental care, exactly, since it’s a hospital, not a dental office. Rather, more Americans are heading to hospital emergency departments for complications from not receiving any dental care, such as infections and pain.

More Americans visit ER for costly and inefficient dental care

(CBS/AP) Toothaches can be incredibly painful, but painful enough to send you to the emergency room? For a growing number of Americans, the hospital is the first line of treatment for dental care, according to new research from the Pew Center.

Oregon’s deep cavity: Oregon kids face dental decay

According to the Oregon Department of Human Services and national studies, Oregon children have among the highest rates of dental decay in the nation, and low-income and minority children are disproportionately affected by a disease that is nearly 100 percent preventable.

Dental Exam Went Well? Thank Fluoride

I admit to being jealous of my sons for growing up in a time when vaccines spared them miseries like the measles, mumps and polio scares that marred my childhood.

San Jose Votes to Fluoridate

Recently the largest unfluoridated city in the Untied States, voted to fluoridae its water.

Study Shows Bone Fluoride Levels Not Associated with Osteosarcoma

Alexandria, VA, USA – July 28, 2011 The International and American Associations for Dental Research have released in its a study that investigated bone fluoride levels in individuals with osteosarcoma, which is a rare, primary malignant bone tumor that is more prevalent in males.

HHS and EPA announce new scientific assessments and actions on fluoride

WASHINGTON – in January 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced important steps to ensure that standards and guidelines on fluoride in drinking water continue to protect the American people while promoting good dental health.

Arkansas passes law to fluoridate

LITTLEROCK, Ark. — March 4, 2011: Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe signed a community water fluoridation bill into law, which will bring its proven health benefits to more than 148,000 Arkansas residents.

CDC honors 65 years of community water fluoridation

Sixty-five years ago, on January 25, 1945, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, added fluoride to its municipal water system and community water fluoridation began. Since that day, this simple, safe, and inexpensive public health intervention has contributed to a remarkable decline in tooth decay in the United States, with each generation enjoying better oral health than the previous generation.

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Nebraska legislature passes statewide fluoridation law

LINCOLN, Neb. – On April 17, 2008, the unicameral Nebraska legislature took a tremendous step toward improving the oral health of Nabraska’s citizens by passing LB 245 – a new law that calls on cities and towns with at least 1,000 residents to adjust the level of fluoride in their public water systems to help prevent tooth decay.

Louisiana passes statewide fluoridation law

BATON ROUGE, La. – On July 8, 2008, Governor Bobby Jindal signed SB 312, which mandates that community water systems statewide with at least 5,000 hookups provide cost estimates to the state for implementing fluoridation by March 2009. The state will then work with each system to find grants and state budget funds to implement fluoridation community by community.