Fluoridation and the future.
But first a look at the history of the past and the total disregard of a vocal group who have little idea of Dental Health especially of our children.
In 1964, I started a Dental practice in an industrial suburb of Melbourne, it was slow for about 4 months, and then I had to employ another operator. It did not take long --in the first couple of months I found that Dental Health was very sadly lacking. The rate of DMFT--Decayed Missing Filled Teeth--of the Dental condition was extremely high. To explain the extraction situation. On Friday afternoons for four hours, the practice did a general anaesthetic session. Usually there were 6-8 children--for ten minute anaesthetics. I should imagine the average number of extractions was 6 of the deciduous (baby) molars. What those poor mites had been through made me shudder. In some cases there were abscesses nearly from ear to ear. The ages that were involved were from 4yrs. to 10-11yrs. In the latter age of this group, it was not unusual for the first permanent molars i.e. 6 year olds to be removed.
By the way the 9 antifluoride councils of Queensland can hang their heads in SHAME go to the top of this page.
I am not going to spend much time on this, only the laughable.
1. It is a Communist plot
2. It is a Fascist plot
3. Parents rights to destroy their children's Dental Health through caries of their teeth!! Tell a dental operator---denial of course.
4. The Fluoride Ion no matter where it comes from, it is the Fluoride Ion and always will be.
5. People, especially children can readily overdose on drugs especially the ones kept in draws by parents where children can access them!!
6. That is right it is not democratic it is a Fascist--Communist Plot.
7. To say that F- does not reduce dental decay, is what it is, just a blatant lie.
8. If fluorosis is on the cards--which it is not. Maybe extremely mild in an extremely, extremely small no. of cases
9. Of course Fermentable carbohydrates cause decay. And of course The F- stops decay!!
10. Of course it is only a furphy to compare F- with any other "chemicals" "drugs". More research--trials have been done on the F- than all the other "chemicals" "drugs" etc. put together.
11. To end of this tale of trivia, can any antifluoridationist put an extra pair of forceps in my hands so I can extract more teeth? See the top of this page, it was heart breaking.
12. Of course the classic ending is, hard to believe this one, money, parents cannot pay the high fees of a dentist to have their teeth filled early enough. Would fewer cavities have been there if F- had been in the water supply, of course and a lot fewer, and the tooth, will most probably be extracted when the "tiny" cavity becomes a "huge" one--- could be an oxymoron this one.
Yes, it certainly does!!!
Yes, it does! As part of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to regulate the number of contaminants in drinking water. One part of the process of decontaminating water and providing additional health benefits is adding fluoride.
While the EPA doesn’t automatically add fluoride to a city’s drinking water, a city or municipality can make the decision to fluoridate their water on their own. In these cases, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides information for the optimum fluoride levels to help decrease tooth decay. Those levels can be anywhere from .5 to 1 milligram of fluoride per litre of drinking water, depending on the climate where you live and natural fluoride levels that may already be present in your local water supply.
What does fluoride do?
In essence, fluoride reduces tooth decay and helps prevent holes or cavities from forming on your teeth, but it also acts in additional ways to benefit your tooth health.
Prevents cavities- Fluoridated water creates low levels of fluoride in your saliva, which reduces the rate at which your tooth enamel demineralizes (preventing cavities)
Fights existing cavities- Fluoridated water also helps to increase the rate at which tooth enamel re-mineralizes (fighting existing or newly formed cavities)
Many countries have naturally fluoridated water making additional water fluoridation unnecessary. Other countries and populations find water fluoridation unnecessary because of alternative methods of fluoride intake like specialized salts or fluoride based toothpaste invented in the 1970s. The debate is contentious as to whether or not water fluoridation is still necessary in the U.S., but its use may still be justified as long as vast inequalities in dental and health care exist.