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AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH CENTRE
FOR POPULATION ORAL HEALTH 2020
Loc G Do, Diep H Ha, Kaye F Roberts-Thomson, A John Spencer
Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health,
The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
INTRODUCTION TO ORIGINAL DOCUMENT:
The use of fluoride for promoting oral health has always involved a balance between the protection against caries and the risk of fluorosis.
…The Prevalence of dental fluorosis in Australian adult population was found to be related to population level changes in fluoride exposure…
OUR BREIF COMMENTS ON THE ABOVE DOCUMENT:
We have read it all.
There are numerous complicating factors at work here which are not mentioned:
The dose, time and length of the fluoride exposure, and other nutrients or lack of them, especially vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and the type of fluoride used.
Once teeth are formed without visible fluorosis, there may be no or little visible evidence of future fluoride damage, but fluorides in the drinking water will continue be injurious to other parts of the body. Fluorides are accumulative especially in bones..
We are sure that you would be aware of this and many more factors including damage to brains, kidney function ect.
Even a small percent of the population injured by dental fluorosis is a huge cost to Australia and a massive profit for dentists. Fluorides harden teeth making them brittle, their breakage will mean yet more expenses for those who may or may not be able to afford repairs.
Dental fluorosis is of concern due to it being evidence of skeletal fluorosis, which also occurs in animals exposed to fluoride pollution in air, water, and or food.
To mention risk/benefit is inappropriate terminology with so many uncontrollable factors involved.
Numerous scientific papers attest to the damage done to other parts of the human body by fluorides, which have resulted in most nations ceasing this redundant practice.
Avoiding the ‘Critical Window’ is just a technique of hiding the dangers and damage – this amounts to professional deception. Warnings should be on tooth paste tubes as it was originally in Australia and the dangers fluoridation should be listed on water bills, especially in relation to children and babies.
If only .9% of Australian children suffer from fluorosis that is a lot of future dental work!
Fluoridated toothpaste should be removed from the market, – the same as fluoride tablets were in Australia.
The term ‘Discretionary Fluoride’ is poising by a fancy name.
Water fluoridation will some day soon finish in Australia.
Your recent paper outlines a few of the problems,
which may help make this happen.
P.S. Bottled water, rain water tanks and RO filters will also distort the fluoridation statistics.