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Fluoridation: New scientific review of fluoride and oral health

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 … Continue reading

Anti-fluoride IQ claims are false

Anti-fluoridation campaigners’ claims that community water fluoridation reduces IQ are simply false. That is the conclusion of  Alex Kasprak – and he says why in his new Snopes.com article (see Fact Check -Fluor-IQ). These days anti-fluoridation activists use this claim as … Continue reading

Large Swedish study finds no effect of fluoride on IQ

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. Similarly, it has no effect on diagnosis or prescription of medicines … Continue reading

Anti-fluoride claims often not relevant to New Zealand

As we head towards the parliamentary consideration of new legislation on fluoridation in New Zealand the anti-fluoride groups are building a campaign to oppose the transfer of responsibilities from local councils to District Health Boards. So, their Facebook pages are promoting … Continue reading

Shyness of anti-fluoride election candidates

Why do anti-fluoride candidates standing for District Health Boards (DHBs) shy away from proper discuss of community water fluoridation? After all, they have usually raised the issue themselves – and often claim that those supporting CWF avoid the discussion. In my … Continue reading

An anti-fluoride trick: Impressing the naive with citations

One way to make an article look impressive is to use citations – the more you use, the more impressive. Well, so some people think. Again and again I find anti-fluoridation campaigners refer to the number of references in an … Continue reading

“Filtering” out fluoride

Many anti-fluoride campaigners and their sympathisers use “filters” to remove fluoride from their tap water. Despite this, they will often claim the procedure is “too expensive” for the ordinary person – or that it is ineffective. Fluoride Free Nelson (FFN) combined both reasons in … Continue reading

Dental health – it’s not all about fluoride

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 … Continue reading

Misrepresenting fluoride science – an open letter to Paul Connett

A new year and a new speaking tour of New Zealand by US anti-fluoride campaigner Paul Connett. Looking over the presentation he is giving at his New Zealand meetings I find he has absolutely nothing new to say. It’s all been … Continue reading

Anti-fluoride campaigners cherry-pick irrelevant overseas research but can’t find relevant New Zealand research

Yes, I know. This is getting boring. A local anti-fluoride campaigner misrepresents research on fluoridation – yet again. Perhaps I should apologise for yet another article debunking this sort of misrepresentation. In my defense can I just say this is … Continue reading