Video: Pain Of A Mother and Child

Creston Children’s Dental Clinic in Portland serves low-income and uninsured children in Portland Public Schools through a free dental clinic in Creston Elementary School in Southeast Portland. The need for such services is overwhelming. Dentists at Creston deal with some of the worst cases of childhood dental decay in the region, often treating low-income and under-served populations.

One of the worst experiences for a mother is witnessing her child in pain. In this touching testimonial, a mother whose child has visited Creston for multiple dental procedures at a very young age explains why she supports water fluoridation. This kind of story is all too common in our area. Portland can reduce our rate of dental decay, particularly benefiting low-income and under-served communities, by up to 25% through the proven process of community water fluoridation.

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA on community water fluoridation

“Community water fluoridation

continues to be a vital,

cost-effective method of

preventing dental caries."

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA

Benjamin RM. Surgeon General’s Perspectives
Oral Health: The Silent Epidemic. Public Health Reports 2010;126(2):158-9.

Video: Untreated Childhood Dental Decay – Oregon is Almost #1

Portland’s children have the highest rate of untreated tooth decay in in the region. It’s time to make a simple and effective change to do something about it. Please check out our informative video and share it with people you know who care about public health and the well-being of the children in our community. It’s time for Portland to join every other major city and use this cost-effective measure, that is supported by every trusted national health organization including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to ensure every child gets a chance at a healthy smile.

Portland Public Schools Passes Resolution in Support of Ballot Measure 26-151

Last night, the Portland Public School Board passed Resolution 4736 in support of community water fluoridation for the City of Portland.

“We support this effort because we know that the health of our students has a direct impact on their ability to learn," said PPS School Board Member Bobbie Regan. “In Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties, 21% of children suffer from untreated dental decay.  This often results in severe pain and infection and needlessly-missed school days, impacting their education."

“Water fluoridation would positively benefit everyone in Portland, but particularly Native American children, who tend to suffer greater rates of decay," said PPS School Board Member and Executive Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center, Matt Morton. “As an equity issue, dental decay disproportionately impacts low-income families and children, many of whom are uninsured or underinsured.  Low income children suffer twice the rate of untreated decay and nearly three times the rate of rampant decay than children from higher-income families."

PPS School Board Member Ruth Adkins thanked Regan and Morton for bringing this resolution to a vote.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland thanks the Portland Public School Board for their leadership on this issue!

Video: Portland Fluoride Facts vs. Fiction

Dr. Phillip Wu, a current member of the American Board of Pediatrics, and a board-certified Portland pediatrician sat down to give us the facts about community water fluoridation, and what it would mean to our community. Check out this video to see his responses to the false claims about fluoride put forth by Atlanta-based Dr. Yolanda Whyte:  

Campaign kickoff a huge success!

The room was packed with 180+ fluoride supporters

Thank you so much to those of you who made it to our Campaign Kickoff Tuesday night – it was a huge success!

Over 180 people turned out to support this important public health measure and hear from local leaders including Congressman Earl Blumenaur, County Chair Jeff Cogen, Jospeh Santos-Lyons from the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, and Metro Councilor Sam Chase. We even had a sing-along with City Commissioner Steve Novick!

If you missed the party and weren’t able to sign up for one of our fun volunteering opportunities, never fear! You can do so here. We’ll be having one-on-one conversations across the city through house parties, canvassing and phone-banking. Also, please join our Facebook conversation. We need your help and support online. Please like our new Facebook page today and share the page with your network!

Dr. Know, Willamette Week’s “resident thinker" with the facts on fluoridation


Dr. Know, columnist for Willamette Week, responded to misconceptions about water fluoridation in two pieces last summer. The first  addresses conspiracy theories about fluoridation. The second addresses misinformation.

According to the Dr., “Maybe the folks who dreamed up fluoridation in the ’40s were taking a chance, but I’d say we’ve dodged the bullet. Anyway, when it comes to planet-dooming perils, we’ve got bigger fish to fry."

White House Strongly Backs Fluoridation

Obama Administration supports healthy teeth

The Obama Administration  has stated “panels of experts from different health and scientific fields have provided strong evidence that water fluoridation is safe and effective" in response to an online petition (2011).

Dr. Howard K. Koh (MD, MPH),  Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services and Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency, wrote the response, emphasizing “The Administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans live in a healthy, safe environment. As we work to achieve this goal, we appreciate the public’s engagement and look forward to continuing to work together to ensure all Americans have clean, safe water."


You’re invited to the Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland Campaign Kickoff!

The Everyone Deserves Healthy Teeth Coalition has been hard at work gearing up for the May 21st election. Quickly following the December 20th City Council vote, we have been planning, hiring, and kick starting the ballot measure campaign to improve the dental health of our community by fluoridating the water. Now we are ready to really get started.

Will you join us at our Campaign Kick Off on Tuesday, January 29th from 5:30pm-7:30pm?

You’ll hear more about our plans and how you can get involved in the effort to improve dental health for all Portlanders.

Food, drinks and action!

Campaign Office
2419 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97232

(Accessible via Trimet #12, #19, #20 and street parking is available on residential streets)

The more the merrier. Feel free to bring your members, family and friends! Please RSVP to Paloma at [email protected] or by calling 503-440-9332.

Thank you again for all of your commitment to improving the health of children and families in Portland!

Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland Campaign Team

Evyn Mitchell, Campaign Manager
KJ Lewis, Deputy Campaign Manager
Amber Pence, Finance Director
Paloma Monteros Newcombe, Field Director