San Jose – the nation’s biggest city without fluoride in its drinking water – finally will begin to receive the additive. The move comes several years after a push by dentists, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and others, who contend that fluoride can help reduce high rates of cavities.
Lower income parents who have health insurance through their employers are increasingly like to forgo family coverage and enroll their kids in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) instead, a new study found.
Researchers are only now beginning to understand how consequential the Medicaid program has been for the lives of Americans. Fifty years after Medicaid became available, children who received health insurance through the program are healthier, living longer and working more, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Pop-up clinics and charitable events are not long-term solutions to addressing the insufficient access to dental care in Washington State. Investing in efforts that improve dental care access for at-risk populations will lead to better health and lower medical costs.
To many of us, this might seem a little weird but mental health is linked to oral health and vice versa. We all know that both the mind and body have a serious relationship. Research has found that the people with mental illnesses tend to have bad oral health.
Contrary to what many people believe, fluoride is not some evil scourge of industrial society. Wired Science blogger Deborah Blum debunks some anti-fluoride misinformation, and shares a natural history of the element.