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Published: Thursday, Dec. 27 2012 12:25 p.m. MST

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Red Corvette
SACRAMENTO, CA

Well obviously the solution is to provide free teeth to everyone along with free food and housing, education and birth control pills. Have I left anything out?

SomeClarityPlease
Quiet Neighborhood, UT

Yes Red Corvette, you have left some things out. No one should have to work very hard or take much personal responsibility. Let's just keep moving forward with the socialist state and see where that gets us.

jrgl
CEDAR CITY, UT

Utah only covers dental care for children on Medicaid, not disabled or elderly adults who have Medicaid. This needs to be clarified from in the article which is saying the poor have Medicaid dental, which is false in Utah (but may be true in Washington state). Senior citizens on Social Security Medicare have no dental insurance benefit & pay out of pocket for their care or go without in many cases.
Children who are covered by dental Medicaid do have a difficult time getting dental care in Utah because the reimbursement rates to dentists are so low & many refuse to see Medicaid patients.
The problem is that there is such a large group of Americans who are not getting any dental care at all and end up presenting at the Emergency Room with serious dental problems. One solution would be to have these dental professionals, similar to a Physicians Assistants, who can help get the care to the 40+ percent who have no dental care at all.

nyscof
OLD BETHPAGE, NY

This article shows what a dismal failure water fluoridation is. Dentists prefer to treat the water of and not the teeth of low-income folks because the former doesn't hurt their bottom line at all but gives the illusion they are doing something for our nation's poor. However, only dental therapists can fill the void. Organized dentistry with its pockets filled with corporate cash lobbies every state legislator in the country to reject the known cure for the growing epidemic of untreated tooth decay - dental therapists - because dental therapists would take money out of dentists' pockets.

It certainly looks like organized dentistry really doesn't care if children die from the consequences of untreated tooth decay because they are doing nothing viable to correct the problem - except using its power and money to create roadblocks for a solution and instead force more unnecessary, ineffective, money-wasting fluoride chemicals into everyone's bodies. This creates more income for corporations that benefit from more tooth decay but does not help any American at all.

Erika
Salem, Utah

Now I don't feel so bad about the decision to get an implant for a single front tooth, which, incidentally will cost almost as much as replacing half the windows in my house. I don't think I'd get fired for a gap-toothed smile, but still . . . .

AmberDru
Xenia, OH

@nyscof I wish there was fluoridation where I grew up. You can see local dentist printing the list- long lists- of their young patients who have NEVER had a cavity!

Erika- don't feel guilty about your implant. You're paying for it and if you don't get it your other teeth can shift. You can also lose jaw bone if missing teeth aren't replaced which will change the shape of your jawline.

What's more important than your health?

frugalfly
PULLMAN, WA

Another huge disadvantage to Govt healthcare/dental care ran plans is that they audit practitioners and look for any sort of stupid discrepancy in documentation and then they go back to the practitioner and demand money in return. So not only are practitioners getting reimbursed such low rates, the government auditors go back and demand money back for the most ridiculous things. They threaten medicaid fraud (which is a felony) and then they "extract" money back out of the practitioners. The auditors are paid and receive promotion on how much they can extort out of practitioners. So who wants to take government medicaid? Any takers? Anyone? (the sounds of chirping crickets)

AmberDru
Xenia, OH

Dentists can tell whose drinking water is fluoridated

Too often, DiNapoli said, fillings riddle the teeth of Lancaster natives, a telltale sign of a lack of fluoride. Lancaster is one of about 20 Ohio cities that have too little fluoride in their water.

There are other culprits in tooth decay, DiNapoli said, among them genetics, diet and oral health-care habits. But fluoridated water is an important piece of the puzzle, he said.

In a community where there&s no fluoride and access to care is difficult in general, I think that&;s a perfect recipe for disease and decay and its totally preventable,; said DiNapoli, noting that he sees fewer patients with tooth decay at his Columbus office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deem the fluoridation of municipal water one of public health’s 10 greatest achievements of the 20th century. It;s been shown to prevent cavities, as well as the spread of dental caries, an infectious disease in which acid produced by bacteria dissolves the hard surfaces of teeth and, left untreated, can cause tooth loss and infections.

xert
Santa Monica, CA

Red Corvette--the only thing that you left out is that little asterisk. * which says....

*I voted for Mitt and I'm still vewy vewy angwy.

raybies
Layton, UT

Flouride in water actually does help teeth health. I wish our water had it. I did growing up in CA and I didn't have nearly the problem my son's had with his teeth living in an area where it's not available. He'd already had to have rotten teeth extracted prior to having lost any naturally, and he brushes and tries to care for them, but the toothpaste is not as effective as flourinated water.

That said, the reason some people look down at those with bad teeth isn't just because it's a sign of poor personal hygiene, but also bad teeth can also be a sign of drug-use, which does a number on teeth and gums.

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