Fluoride – This is a controversial topic that has many differences of opinion. Here is an article that describes nicely how we feel. The title of this article is “Dental Exam Went Well? Thank Fluoride”, and it is written by Jane E. Brody. A few points that we feel are important.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls fluoridation one of the ten most valuable public health measures of the 20th century.
- The annual cost that today ranges from 95 cents to as much as $10 per person.
- Every $1 invested in fluoridation saves approximately $38 in dental treatment costs
- The government recommends that fluoride not be given to babies younger than six months
- infant formula should be prepared with water that is not fluoridated
- children younger than two should not use fluoridated toothpaste
- Those younger than six should use it only with supervision, to be sure they spit it out.
This article can be read here in its entirety, New York Times.
Norman Medina DDS, graduated from Loma Linda University Dental School in 1994. He has been practicing dentistry in Midcoast Maine since 1994. He and his wife Lanita have four children.