dentistry

Dental Care
6:34 am
Mon December 2, 2013

ABCD All It Takes For Low-Income Kids To Get A Dentist

The Washington Dental Service Foundation, citing Medicaid research, announced last month (November) that Washington actually leads the nation in giving low-income kids access to dental care.
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When a child’s first tooth erupts, the American Dental Association recommends parents get them into the dentist. For low income families, that sometimes isn't an option. But Washington’s low-income kids have more dentist visits than in any other state.

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Dentist Shortage
5:27 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Study: Idaho, Oregon Among Top 10 States Facing Dentist Shortage

A study finds Oregon and Idaho are among the top 10 states with the worst shortages of dentists.
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Oregon and Idaho need more dentists. That's according to a new study out Tuesday from the Pew Charitable Trusts. It puts Oregon and Idaho among the top 10 states with the worst shortages.

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Water Fluoridation
6:40 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Portland Prepares For Fluoride Vote 

Oregon citizens will soon vote on water fluoridation.
Credit Michael Clapp / Oregon Public Broadcasting

This month, voters will decide whether to approve a plan to fluoridate Portland's water. Supporters say Portland children - especially in low-income families - suffer aggravated dental problems because the city has chosen not to add fluoride. Opponents say water fluoridation is the wrong way to address a public health problem. And so a battle that has played out before at the state level is now going on in Portland. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Water Fluoridiation
6:08 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Oregon Cities Debate Water Fluoridation

Across America, two-thirds of the population drinks water treated with fluoride. Oregon’s fluoridation rate is about 23 percent — 48th out of fifty states. Portland is now the largest city in the country without fluoridated water but a coalition of supporters is lobbying to change that. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert takes a look at this controversial subject.

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