Three years ago, local dentist Rankin Skinner was reading The New York Times when he came across an article that hit particularly close to home. According to the article, children in Kentucky suffered from more tooth decay than any other state in the country.
The same day, a friend of Skinner’s, who also happened to be a member of the Clark County Community Foundation, saw the article. He called Skinner, and the two decided that something needed to be done locally to help combat the problem.
Skinner had recently completed a study on tooth decay in Ecuador, and the participating dentists had seen great improvement in oral health using a material new to the market at that time called amorphous calcium phosphate, a flouride varnish.
“We knew this material worked, although it was a new material, and there wasn’t a lot of research on it at the time,” Skinner said.