Last month, members of the York Region Dental Hygiene Society, of which I am a member, had the privilege of listening to a presentation by Dr. Hardy Limeback on; Fluorides in Dentistry: Are They Helpful or Hazardous?
For those of you who might not be familiar with Dr. Limeback PhD DDS, he is the head of Preventive Dentistry at the University of Toronto and has been an outspoken opponent to water fluoridation for a number of years now.
The information he presented was informative and enlightening but most of all it was provocative as much of what he presented contradicts what dental professionals have been taught about water fluoridation and flies in the face of position statements issued by dental associations and regulatory bodies.
While Dr. Limeback concedes that there is a need and a place for topical fluoride application, he cautions that it must be client-centered and specifically targeted for high-risk populations.
I think the most interesting fact that my colleagues and I became aware of, is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that “fluoride is not a mineral nutrient; it is a prescription drug” and as we all know, every prescription drug has side effects.
Even more astounding is the fact that…
Fluoride had never received FDA approval!
As I see it, fluoride is an illegal drug that is being added to our water supply, has never been approved for human use and, over which, there is no control for individual dosage!
Additionally, as a dental professional, I need to be aware of the fact that if I am administering topical fluoride treatments in a dental office as part of a preventive re-care appointment, I am administering an illegal drug!
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Until next time,