Products made with fluoride have long been used in the dental industry to strengthen teeth and prevent decay, however it’s use has always sparked controversy. Some believe that “the fluoridation of water is known to prevent tooth decay and is considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century”
Because the issues of fluoride and it being added to the water supply has been so polarizing, a recent study was conducted to see how removing it from water would affect the dental health of people (mainly children). “A study published in this month’s issue of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology compared Grade 2 students in both Edmonton and Calgary, and found that fluoride cessation in Calgary in 2011 has had a negative impact on children’s teeth. ‘This (study) has re-ignited the fluoridation debate in Windsor,’ Colby said.Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health said there hasn’t been a study in Windsor, ‘but dentists are seeing more and bigger cavities in children’ where fluoride went missing from their drinking water. Windsor city council made that decision under pressure from interest groups to remove fluoride several years ago.’I think some people are putting pressure on council to reverse what most observers thought was a very unwise decision,’ Colby said.
The politicians ignored the recommendation of their own public health department in stopping water fluoridation in Windsor, he added. Chatham’s water supply contains natural fluoride. We put a very small supplement in to bring it up to the optimal level, Colby said.
With or without fluoride, dental health is maintained through regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and visiting your Ottawa dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.