There is no doubting the benefits of fluoride applied to children’s teeth. Dentists and public health authorities who are so concerned should advocate a proper program of dental care for our children, which could easily be implemented in the schools. A dental check-up followed by applying fluoride directly to children’s teeth and encouraging them to brush with toothpaste containing fluoride could be part of the program.
If the health department, the so-concerned dentists and councils, who know the results of our children consuming sugar-laced ‘soft’ drinks and fast foods, could convince Coca-Cola and others to add fluoride to their products, then it may make a difference. Maybe Coca-Cola could be encouraged to subsidise the toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste; then there would be no need to forcibly medicate the entire population with chemicals that they don’t want and can only be avoided by buying bottled water from… guess who?
Tony Chandler, Mullumbimby