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4 teeth, all decayed: Portland, Ore., dentist praises fluoride vote

from NBC News

Pediatric dentist Michael Biermann was at work when Portland, Ore., city council members voted to add fluoride to the city's drinking water. But his thoughts immediately turned to two severe cases he treated recently. One was a 13-month-old girl who had only four teeth — but all four were decayed down to the gum line, Biermann said. The other was a 3-year-old boy who had 21 teeth — one more than normal — all riddled with caries, or cavities. "All 21 teeth were decayed. All 21 needed crowns," recalled Biermann, 65, who devotes about 60 percent of his practice to treating children enrolled in Medicaid, the federal program that provides healthcare for the poor. more


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