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December 1, 2022

Fluoride better brushed on

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As a dentist I am very well informed on the benefits fluoride has to teeth. As an holistic dentist I do not ordinarily use fluoride in my practice, as an individual I use a fluoride toothpaste and as a dad I use a fluoride toothpaste on my kids.

Initial water fluoridation schemes from the 50s to the early 80s were a crude but seemingly successful (as reflected in caries rate data) public health measure of systemic fluoride treatment.

But from the early 80s onwards improvements in caries prevention, widespread use of fluoride toothpastes and better oral hygiene are now by far the main contributing factors to a decrease in caries rates, irrespective of a fluoridated water supply.

Systemic fluoride treatments benefit a very small number of the population for a small amount of time (kids with un-erupted developing teeth with access to a town water supply).

Surely a more targeted scheme is a more cost-effective and ultimately more beneficial approach.

The predominant, beneficial, caries preventing effects of fluoride on erupted teeth is at the tooth surface. Topical application of fluoride allows an ion exchange in the enamel’s crystalline structure making it more resistant to the effects of acids.

I don’t believe fluoridating the water supply will have enough of an effect on the shire’s kids to warrant the costs and risks.

Better education on oral hygiene and caries prevention, better access to dentists and dental therapists is what’s needed.

Dr M O’Meara, Brunswick Holisitic Dental


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2 COMMENTS

  1. How refreshing to hear from a Dentist! We need more health professionals like you to come forward and speak about the real truth about Fluoride!
    Bravo!

  2. Nobody knows why dental caries rates have dramatically fallen throughout the developed world over the past several decades, because the good quality research required to find out has not been conducted. One thing we do know is that it is extremely unlikely to have much to do with artificial water fluoridation.

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