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PD Editorial – Huffing and Puffing, But Not Even a Worthwhile Blow


In a recent PD Editorial [1], we see the usual ranting and raving against the anti-fluoridation movement, but, as per standard practice, nothing is offered beyond the typical pro-fluoridation chestnuts.

For instance, “a staggering burden of suffering and a growing oral health divide between rich and poor” is cited as a reason for fluoridation. However, what the Editorial conveniently fails to mention is the weakness of evidence that supports such an assertion.

Perhaps a more balanced Editorial would mention the following, from the University of York’s Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, in relation to a review of the evidence:

“The evidence about [water fluoridation] reducing inequalities in dental health was of poor quality, contradictory and unreliable” [2].

Or how about this classic, also dug up by the PD team: “Studies have shown that every $1 invested in fluoridation saves an estimated $38 in dental treatment cost” [1]. The…

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