According to a 2012 Oregon Smile Survey taken at 82 schools statewide, 17,000 Oregon kids between ages six and nine – about 13 percent -- have seven cavities or more with rampant decay including rows of black bumps for teeth.
OPINION- Today I cannot receive one of the most common and beneficial oral health activities, a six-month dental visit with my dental provider, Kaiser Permanente.
The reason why? I am refusing to have a panoramic X-ray.
OPINION -- Brush twice a day, floss twice a day and rinse twice a day. That is what we were all taught as children and told by our dentists twice a year.
Jeremy Horst, a researcher and dentist practicing his trade at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry in California, had a patient whose mouth was full of cavities.
The oral health status among children in Oregon does not bode well for healthy smiles, especially those of low-income children.