ADEA State Update

San Marcos, TX, Voters End Community Water Fluoridation

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On Nov. 3, residents of the city of San Marcos, TX, voted to stop adding fluoride to the San Marcos municipal water supply. The measure passed with 60.73% of the vote. The city of San Marcos has added fluoride to

San Francisco, CA, and Boston, MA, Look to Raise Age to Purchase Tobacco

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San Francisco   On Nov. 17, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Weiner (D) sponsored an ordinance to ban tobacco retailers from selling tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, to persons under age 21.   The ordinance notes, “ t

City of San Marcos, Texas Slated to Vote on Water Fluoridation in November

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On Nov. 3, San Marcos residents will vote on whether to continue community water fluoridation in the area. The ballot language reads as follows Proposition 1 (see PDF page 3) “Amending the San Marcos City Charter to add a separate

Chicago Expands Dental Program to all Public Schools

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On May 6, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance, introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, which would expand that city’s current dental program in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to all schools within Chicago’s borders.   “Thousands of low income children

Reports of Interest - November 2014

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The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) released an issue brief finding that fluoride varnish programs, especially those in community-based settings, are more likely to be effective where caries risk is high yet where carious lesions have not yet occurred.

San Francisco and Berkeley Residents to Vote on Soda Tax in November

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On July 22, the City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to advance a proposal to tax sugary beverages. On November 4, San Francisco residents will vote on an ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code by adding a new Article 8, imposing a tax of two cents per ounce on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Kennebunk, Maine Debates Community Water Fluoridation

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On July 8, the Kennebunk, Maine Board of Selectmen met and heard a presentation from two area residents concerning removing fluoride from the community water supply.

Dallas City Council Discusses Banning Fluoridated Water

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The Dallas City Council is considering ending the practice of adding fluoride to it community water system as a way to save millions of dollars.

District of Columbia Introduces a Pediatric Dental Screening Bill

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On December 6, Councilmembers Anita Bonds (D-DC), Yvette Alexander (D-DC), and David Grosso (I-DC) introduced legislation, titled the “Comprehensive Pediatric Dental Screening and Education Act of 2013.” The proposed legislation requires the Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools and the Department of Health to implement a community health program for dental health education, screening and treatment referrals in the District of Columbia Public Schools and Public Charter Schools for children who are considered to be at medium risk or high risk of dental disease.

Rural Assistance Center Develops a Rural Oral Health Toolkit

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The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis recently released a Rural Oral Health Toolkit to help rural communities improve access to oral health care. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), the toolkit contains resources to help communities develop oral health programs by building on best practices of successful oral health program models. The toolkit is made up of several modules. Each concentrates on different aspects of oral health programs. Module 1: Oral Health in Rural Communities; Module 2: Rural Oral Health Program Models; Module 3: Implementation of Rural Oral Health Programs; Module 4: Planning for Sustainability; Module 5: Evaluating Rural Oral Health Programs; Module 6: Dissemination of Rural Oral Health Resources and Promising Practices; and Module 7: Program Clearinghouse.