Tagged: tooth decay

Limiting the size of single serve sugary drinks: New NZ study on health and cost impacts - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 01, 2019

Dr Cristina Cleghorn, Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Helen Eyles There is a lot of focus on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) internationally, due to their role in tooth decay, obesity and diabetes [1-3], their lack of beneficial nutrients, and potential acceptability as an intervention target [4]. Our just-published study has shown that an intervention to reduce the size of all single-serve SSBs … Read More

Fluoridation: Another study shows stopping fluoridation bad for child tooth decay - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 20, 2018

  Stopping community water fluoridation in Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, caused an increase in child tooth decay In the last week, Windsor in Ontario, Canada, voted to reinstate community water fluoridation (CWF) 5 years after it was stopped because of opposition. This time the City Council was swayed by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s Oral Health 2018 Report which found the percentage … Read More

Anti-fluoride “expert” finds the real reason oral health has improved – and it’s not fluoride - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 15, 2017

 Anti-fluoride campaigners always promote people like Geoff Pain as “renowned” or “world experts.” They aren’t. Pain has no credible scientific publications on fluoride. No, in fact, he claims lead is responsible for tooth decay and the improvement in oral health is a result of removing airborne lead contamination. And the “proof” is even in the title of his report – … Read More

Is water fluoridation better than salt fluoridation? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 09, 2016

Discussion of fluoridation here concentrates on community water fluoridation. But some countries (parts of Europe, and Latin America, for example) fluoridate their salt instead of their water.  This could be for a number of reasons – the state of the water reticulation system, or political opposition to water fluoridation, etc. The effectiveness of community water fluoridation in reducing tooth decay is well established … Read More

Dental health – it’s not all about fluoride - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 26, 2016

Fluoride is not the only factor in oral health. But it is generally the only element in drinking water considered for its effect on our teeth. Drinking water fluoride benefits existing teeth by chemically reacting with the tooth surface. Involvement of fluoride in the apatite structure at the tooth surface helps prevent demineralisation, due to acid attack, and also encourages remineralisation – … Read More

Overall increase in tooth decay noted in fluoridation cessation studies - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 15, 2016

Anti-fluoride activists love to trot out studies where no increase in tooth decay was found after community water fluoridation  (CWF) ceased. They are cherry-picking, of course, because they ignore the studies which do show a decline in dental health. I have written about this before (What happens when fluoridation is stopped? and Anti-fluoridationist’s flawed attacks on Calgary study), so I am pleased to see a … Read More

Community water fluoridation still cost-effective - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 23, 2015

This was confirmed by a study reported this month in the New Zealand Medical Journal: Caroline Fyfe, Barry Borman, Guy Scott, S. B. (2015). A cost effectiveness analysis of community water fluoridation in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1427). The study is available to download as a poster presentation here. Previous studies – … Read More

Do you prefer dental fluorosis or tooth decay? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 07, 2014

Anti-fluoride propagandists often use the incidence of dental fluorosis as an argument against community water fluoridation. However, they exaggerate the problem by misrepresenting the issue in two ways: 1: They present the issue as if the figures for the incidence of dental fluorosis relate to the severe forms when they don’t. Most cases of dental … … Continue reading … Read More