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Miss Tam-Tam 10-14-2010 04:28 PM

Newark (and Jersey City) Rank in Top 10 for Worst Teeth in U.S.
Perhaps the dental school might have some suggestions. Dental neglect ultimately results in a lifetime of pain and expense.

Newark, Jersey City rank in top 10 for worst teeth in U.S.
Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 3:16 PM
The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk

Newark and Jersey City have been ranked among the 10 worst cities for dental health.

NEWARK Two New Jersey cities rank in the top 10 for worst teeth in America, according to a survey on

Newark finished in 98th place, or third-to-last in the U.S., and Jersey City finished 94th, according to the study. Both cities received an F grade. The magazine said they "looked at community water fluoridation, the percentage of people who saw a dentist in the past year or have had their teeth extracted, the percentage of households using dental floss, money spent on oral hygiene products and the number of dentist offices per capita" to determine the rankings.

The only two cities worse than Newark were Philadelphia, in 99th place, and St. Louis in last.

zengeist 10-16-2010 12:27 AM

These statistics are skewed!!!!

NewarkBorn 10-18-2010 01:36 PM

It's a shame.....
Tam, I was in the drug store on Sanford and South Orange Ave's the other day and I could not believe my eyes. Candy all over the place. I asked Tom, the owner what the heck was going on? He had no answer. Every store in our neighborhood has cheap candy all over the place. You don't see that in the suburban towns. Just another racial element to this society. You would think that this issue would be covered in our school system, but I don't believe that it is. I get so frustrated while standing in line at a bodega and watching all of the kids buying sweets. I am also tired of cleaning up candy wrappers in front of my home everyday. I wish that the Newark Health Department would help the community by putting out educational brochures, or going into the schools, but I am not naive enough to think that their is even real concern there.

John360 10-18-2010 02:21 PM

Believe it or not back in the day tooth decay was a major cause of death due to infections.

Even today though its a problem - I read recently a study that showed that people who didn't take care of their teeth were more likely to die of heart failure. Build up of bacteria in the mouth spreads to other parts of the body and wrecks important arteries leading to the heart.

CaseClosed 10-18-2010 02:44 PM

Too Much Sugar
Mayor Mike Bloomberg is calling for the ban against using food stamps to buy soda and other sugary drinks

When I head about this I said to myself if people can't buy soda with food samps, they'll buy candy, cakes, pies, donuts so how would banning soda with food stamps help against obesity not to mention tooth lost and other health issues?:eek::eek::eek::confused:

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