You would think a dentist would be in full support of water fluoridation, but after 30 years of thinking fluoride was safe, my mind has been changed. You might want to learn what I learned at www.fluoridealert.org.
Certainly an unbiased source of information would be the well-regarded journal The Scientific American. Please read The Scientific American takes a Second Look at Fluoride.
I used to think that dentists who thought that mercury was unsafe, and dentists who campaigned against water fluoridation were "whacko's". My recent exposures to this declassified information give me serious pause to accept anything that the government tells us is safe. It led to my addressing the FDA in September of 2006 on the safety of mercury in our patients fillings http://www.cent4dent.com/html/mercury_issues/fdaletter.
Contact Dr. Steve Markus from the Centre For Dentistry for more . Dental fluorosis is an irreversible condition caused by excessive ingestion of fluoride during the tooth forming years. It is the first visible sign that a child has been overexposed to fluoride.
Fluoride causes dental fluorosis by damaging the enamel-forming cells, called ameloblasts. The damage to these cells results in a mineralization disorder of the teeth, whereby the porosity of the enamel is increased and the mineral content decreased.
This patient, as a child, used to eat his Chewable multi-vitamins with fluoride, like candy. Nobody told his mother that excess fluoride had this sort of potential.
Dear Dr. Markus,
Someday I hope you fully realize the difference you made in a young person’s life. When I brought Nick to your office for the first time I had no idea what to expect.
You and your team are the most people-oriented medical professionals I have ever met. Your philosophy, honesty, and concern are incredibly unique and greatly appreciated.
The work you put into Nick’s diagnosis, the treatment options you gave us, and the way you put us both at ease actually made the visits fun. Nick’s teeth are beautiful and we cannot stop him from smiling now. After years of lips that were sealed shut it is unbelievable how quickly he changed. He changed because he is comfortable speaking and laughing without worrying about showing his teeth. People’s perception of him has changed as well. Your team understood more than anyone I had ever talked to how important it is to have a nice smile.
Now that his teeth are done the compliments are never ending, and everyone who said it did not matter cannot believe how much it really did matter. My husband thought we were crazy and he is so thankful we found you now. Nick has received so many compliments in front of him you would think I was paying the people and setting it up. He receives compliments from the barber, the teachers, customers he waits on and he just smiles all the more and says thank you.
So to you I say, thank you. Thank you for taking a relaxed and down-to-earth approach to your work and always remembering that the person in the chair is just that, a person. Thank you for respecting that our time is important too, you are the only doctor I have ever had that never made me wait. Thank you for coming in on Friday night when he ground his teeth in his sleep and broke off the temporary. Most of all thank you for the SMILE, it is truly a million dollar smile for a lot less!
Very Truly Yours,