Tagged: community water fluoridation

Non-fluoridated Christchurch does not have better teeth than fluoridated Auckland - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 07, 2017

It seems every time anti-fluoride propagandists present data it is either cherry-picked, distorted or misleading. Often all three. So it is hardly a surprise to find local anti-fluoride propagandists are telling porkies again. They have been promoting this graphic claiming it shows people in “non-fluoridated Christchurch have “better teeth.” But the graphic is based on naive cherry-picking of the data, it ignores the effect different ethnic … Read More

Adults benefit from community water fluoridation as well as children – new research - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 24, 2017

A new Australian study confirms that lifetime access to community water fluoridation (CWF) is associated with reduced tooth decay for adults – at least in the age groups 15 – 34 years and 35 – 44 years. The study is reported in the paper: Do et al., (2017). Effectiveness of water fluoridation in the prevention of dental caries across … Read More

Premature births a factor in cognitive deficits observed in areas of endemic fluorosis? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 20, 2017

Anti-fluoridation activists are soon likely to be promoting a new paper reporting a study which found a relationship between maternal (in utero) exposure to fluoride and cognitive development delay in infants. Could the increased incidence of premature births explain cognitive deficits observed in areas of endemic fluorosis? Image credit: New Kids-Center. Of course, they will be unlikely … Read More

More nails in the anti-fluoridation myths around IQ and hypothyroidism - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 16, 2017

A new Canadian study shows no relationship of cognitive deficits or diagnosis of hypothyroidism with fluoride in drinking water. This work is important because it counters the claims made by anti-fluoride campaigners. While the campaigners cite scientific studies to support their claims, those studies are usually very weak, or irrelevant because they involve areas of endemic fluorosis where drinking … Read More

Fluoridation: New scientific review of fluoride and oral health - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 11, 2017

Want to get up to date on  research about community water fluoridation (CWF) and the effects of fluoride in dental health in general? Have a read of this new review. It’s published in a special issue of Community Dental Health devoted to the WHO approach to the prevention of dental caries through the use of fluoride. And is also … Read More

Large Swedish study finds no effect of fluoride on IQ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 05, 2017

A significant new Swedish study shows fluoride in drinking water, at the concentrations used for community water fluoridation, has no effect on IQ or other measures of cognitive ability. Fluoride levels in Swedish drinking water (mg/L). Variation between municipalities. Source: Aggeborn & Öhman (2016). Similarly, it has no effect on diagnosis or prescription of medicines for ADHD, depression, psychiatric … Read More

Anti-fluoridation activist Paul Connett and fluoride debate - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 12, 2016

Paul Connett, from  the US anti-fluoride group, the Fluoride Action network, was interviewed today on the Radio new Zealand’s Jesse Mulligan programme.  The interview and Sir Peter Gluckman’s response is worth listening to. You can listen to it below or on the RNZ website at Complaints against anti-fluoride ads not upheld.     Jesse Mulligan interviewed Paul Connett about … Read More

Shyness of anti-fluoride election candidates - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Oct 05, 2016

Why do anti-fluoride candidates standing for District Health Boards (DHBs) shy away from proper discussion of community water fluoridation? After all, they have usually raised the issue themselves – and often claim that those supporting community water fluoridation avoid the discussion. In my article Fluoridation & democracy: Open letter to DHB candidate Andrew Buckley I raised this with Andrew Buckley who is standing for … Read More

Flogging a dead horse – anti-fluoridationists lose in court again - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 28, 2016

The NZ Court of Appeal has rejected the latest legal attempt by New Zealand anti-fluoridation campaigners to hinder community water fluoridation. This certificate should be awarded to New Health NZ, the NZ Health Trust and the anti-fluoridation movement for not knowing when to give up on the “fluoridation is medicine” myth. You can read a summary of … Read More

New study finds community water fluoridation still cost effective - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 28, 2016

A new report on the cost effectiveness of community water fluoridation (CWF) confirms it is still effective. The report is: Ran, T., & Chattopadhyay, S. K. (2016). Economic Evaluation of Community Water Fluoridation: A Community Guide Systematic Review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This study is a systematic review of the literature.  A total of 564 papers were … Read More

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