Dr Tony Kuo, MD, M.S.H.S.
Dr. Tony Kuo was the very first guest featured on the Dental Digest Podcast!
Dr. Kuo is the Director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Dr. Kuo has over a decade of experience in continuity, urgent/emergency, and homeless shelter care. He now serves the County of Los Angeles as the Director of the Office of Senior Health.
Dr. Kuo received his Medical Degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine and his Master’s in Health Services from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health.
He is board certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He holds a position at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health as well as the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Kuo has profoundly impacted the public in which he serves as the co-program leader for the Population Health Program at the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
On episode 5 of the Dental Digest Podcast, Dr. Kuo discussed his article entitled “Reasons why low-income people in urban areas do not drink tap water.”
He and his co-authors made the following recommendation: “Despite its higher cost and potential environmental effect compared with those of tap water, bottled water consumption has been increasing over the past decade, especially in low-income communities in which children are at a higher risk of developing caries…
Future interventions should encourage tap water use by dispelling misconceptions and educating low-income people in urban areas of LAC about the health benefits of fluoridated tap water and the safety of its sources. In addition, patient encounters could be an opportunity for pediatric dentists, general dentists, and other health care providers to reinforce the health benefits of tap water fluoridation and its use.” – Click here to read the full article.
Thank you so much for your contribution, Dr. Kuo.