"Nearly every time Michael Stubblefield peers into the mouth of a young patient, he sees signs of tooth decay.
"The dentist, who is the director of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department dental program, estimates between 65 percent and 70 percent of patients he sees have some form of tooth decay, a number he’s seen gradually rise in his 14 years in practice. Most of the health department’s patients are children on Medicaid, uninsured, or underinsured.
"Tooth decay is a multifaceted problem, Dr. Stubblefield said, one that combines diet, oral health habits, and access to dental care. Sugary and acidic drinks are a major concern nationwide, he said, but a trend away from tap water may be part of the problem here in Toledo..."
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