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.
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.
Dentists can tell whose drinking water is fluoridatedToo 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.
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
@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?
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 . . . .
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.
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.
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.