Comment 25883

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted July 10, 2008 at 16:34:39

Regardless of whether or not we continue to fluoridate our water, this city's dental services to the poor are woefully insufficient. Fluoridation may help strengthen teeth, but it does little once a cavity has formed, or wisdom teeth are coming in crooked, or a tooth gets chipped in an accident/assault, or orthodontic work is needed. Though the city does provide some dental work for low-income residents, it involves long line-ups, a serious possibility that one won't be seen, and the cut-offs are ridiculous. A good friend of mine was turned away after waiting in line outside all morning in the snow, because he wasn't poor enough - which they judged by the fact he lived with his girlfriend, despite the fact that their incomes, together or combined, are still leaps and bounds below the poverty line. To add insult to injury, many of the public health workers involved also have no dental plan.

Anyone who's has serious tooth problems knows that this is no less essential than any other medical service. Fluoridating water is no substitute for expert attention.

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