Check out this new graphic from the Pew Charitable Trusts on the percentage of homes served by fluoridated public water water systems. Public health agencies have long recommended fluoridated water, especially for kids' dental health. In Rhode Island, just 83.9% of homes are served by such treated water.
The Community College of Rhode Island is joining with the Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation to hold the second “Rhode Island Mission of Mercy.”
Last year the event drew 800 people and an additional 100 were turned away. This year the college will have more than 25 dental chairs, and equipment to provide dental care, such as root canals, teeth cleaning and x-rays. The clinic will be staffed by professional and community volunteers, all the dental work is free. The volunteer dentists will pay their own expenses.