Where do teeth come from? The stork theory

By Ken Perrott 27/05/2014

Seems some prominent campaigners against fluoridation must advocate the stork theory, or something similar, to explain where  teeth come from. Apparently they do not understand that teeth develop in the jaw before eruption.

Here’s a Twitter message from the “Girl Against Fluoride” – (a leader of the anti-fluoride movement in the Republic of Ireland who is known for getting her gear off for the “cause”) sent to Alex White, the Minister of State for the Department of Health in Dublin.

1960s propaganda told people that adding to our tap was good for our teeth BUT…


Where the hell does she think babies teeth come from? Do they suddenly appear fully formed by magic, or delivered by a stork.

Of course not, they develop in the jaw – the model from Tooth Development shows permanent teeth developing under the baby teeth in this case.


This photo from Wikipedia (see Tooth eruption) also shows how teeth develop before eruption.


My previous article Ingested fluoride is beneficial to dental health described how research (Cho et al., 2014) showed ingestion of fluoride in the first 4 years of life reduces the incidence of tooth decay in later life – even when fluoridation stopped after age 4.


11-year-old children who had received fluoridated water in first 4 years show better oral health than children who hadn’t.

The graphic above presents the data of Cho, H.-J., Jin, B.-H., Park, D.-Y., Jung, S.-H., Lee, H.-S., Paik, D.-I., & Bae, K.-H. (2014). Systemic effect of water fluoridation on dental caries prevalence. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. Check out my article or the paper for details.

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