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Fluoride and tooth decay

Fluoride and tooth decay

Am I missing something?

Irish children have a higher risk of tooth decay because they eat too much sugar and do not brush their teeth properly.

The solution surely is to cut down their sugar intake and teach them how to brush their teeth.

Seemingly not.

Fluoride in the water and in toothpaste is the solution says Prof Denis O’Mullane, a former chief dental officer with the Department of Health.

Prof O’Mullane is not impressed with some local authorities around the country who have voted again fluoridating the water supply, plus the TDs and Senators who have also voiced opposition to the practice.

He has called on them to focus on the science behind the decision which he believes is “a very important public health issue”.

“A reversal of fluoridation will lead to an increase in dental decay. It is as simple as that” he told the annual conference for HSE dental surgeons in Carlow.

Prof O’Mullane also pointed out that Irish people “consume too much fat which is bad for their general health”.

If his fluoridation logic is to be followed maybe we should also put statins in the water to treat those with high cholesterol from high fat diets.

Since more than 60,000 children in this country have also been diagnosed with ADHD maybe we should medicate the water to control that problem too.

How is fluoridation a solution to poor diet and poor dental hygiene?

The controversy over many aspects of Irish Water’s operation has established that clean water is a basic right.

We are all now paying for our water, so we should have the right to choose whether or not this water supply includes fluoride.

The solution to childhood dental decay rates lies in reducing sugar intake and teaching them proper teeth brushing skills.


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