posted on Jan, 13 2006 @ 09:25 AM
As someone who comes from a country that doesn't routinely fluoridate, and who now lives in a country that does, I was wondering if anyone had
opinions on fluoridation.
It's surprising that there doesn't appear to have been much of a 'precautionary principle' used with it's introduction in the US, and whilst it
reduces caries, with the use of topical fluorides in toothpaste, is the dental health benefit as great as it's proponent have claimed it was
Here's the latest systemic review I can find:
go to the executive summary for a quick read - I like the way they remark that it is 'surprising' that there is not better research on the topic.
It's not an anti-fluoridation document at all, but it's not as 'pro' as I would have suspected.
And here's a link from a NZ dentist who 'went over to the dark side'
The UK government has been itching to fluoridate for a while, but public opinion (or at least anti-fluoridation groups) seems to have stopped them
from doing so at a national level - am pretty sure only the West Midlands and Newcastle are fluoridated.
It would be interesting to see if they do a 'pilot' study in a newly fluoridated area and see what the effects on caries, hip fracture and
osteosarcoma is - might put this issue to bed for once and all.