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  2. Thank you for posting my comment. Applying the scientific method, have you considered that the example you posit as validating fluoride may in fact be totally unrelated and scientifically unreliable? There are many factors to dental health and tooth condition, including genetic. For example, many decades ago in the last century, I met a young man who had perfect teeth, brilliant white, no caries or fillings. He explained to me that when he was a child he found a natural tar pit in the woods. He would chew on a piece of the natural tar, much as the early pioneers would chew on spruce gum. It tasted good to him, and he continued the practice until his family moved from that area. When he went for his first dental checkup later in his early teens (before dental fluoridation), his dentist was intrigued and made inquiries of my young friend. When the dentist learned of the tar chewing, he researched the practice of tar chewing and told the young man that this had been a well known source of good dental health before the inception of “dental science”. I refer to this anecdotal account to demonstrate that good tooth condition and dental health may have little or nothing to do with ingestion or application of fluoride.

    • Hello Jack,

      I agree, my photos don’t prove anything. I think I can also agree that it is possible to keep teeth healthy without Fluoride.

      I do believe tooth decay is a multifactorial problem. How many different contributing factors can you come up with that will put holes in your teeth? Trust me, there are a lot.

      An that’s why I still think Fluoride is wonderful. There are so many people that are now able to go through life with significantly less dental problems.

      I just love civil war history, looking at all the photos, have you ever noticed how no one is ever smiling? I think I know the reason. Many of them were embarrassed, because of missing front teeth. The good old days may not have been that good. Life is so much better with Fluoride.


      I think for those of us who work day in and day out helping fight tooth decay, Fluoride has been a godsend.

      I hate to keep re-quoting the CDC, I think they sum it up nicely though, how a majority of us dentists feel.

      CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

  3. fluoride and mercury….hmmmmm….sounds like the dark ages to me…and its my understanding that dental fluoride is a primarily a byproduct of the manufacture of phosphate fertilizers from China…does this sound “safe” to you?

    The most obvious health effect of excess fluoride exposure is dental fluorosis, which when mild includes white streaks, and when severe can include brown stains, pits and broken enamel. As of 2010, 41 percent of kids ages 12 to 15 had some form of dental fluorosis, according to the CDC.


    • Hello Jack Fortune,

      Have you ever heard debates between pro-choice and pro-life? Debates that never seem to convince those who have already made up their minds? Some of those debates can get downright mean.

      I fear it’s the same between the pro-fluoride and the anti-fluoride groups.

      Just for discussions sake, did you see the pictures posted? I would like to think that this young lady has a good chance of having healthy teeth, that in her lifetime she will never have to get a root canal, a mercury filling, and there is a good chance she will never ever need to have a tooth removed. Are there risks with fluoride? I think the rewards far out weigh the risks.

      By the way I did a search on what the CDC says about fluoride.

      For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

      Taken from cdc.gov.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  4. Fluoridation Opposition is Scientific, Respectable & Growing

    Over 4,600 professionals (including 365 dentists and 566 MD’s) urge that fluoridation be stopped because science shows fluoridation is ineffective and harmful. See statement: http://www.fluoridealert.org/researchers/professionals-statement/text/

    Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, Dr. Arvid Carlsson, says, “Fluoridation is against all principles of modern pharmacology. It’s really obsolete.”

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