The Fluoride Debate

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

HISTORY/
ENVIRONMENT

CENSORSHIP

THE FLUORIDE
DEBATE

BENEFITS
Question 1
Question 2
Question 3
Question 4
Question 5
Question 6
Question 7
Question 8

ALTERNATIVES
Question 9
Question 10
Question 11
Question 12


SAFETY
Question 13
Question 14

OVERDOSE
Question 15
Question 16
Question 17

DISEASES
Question 18
Question 19
Question 20
Question 21
Question 22
Question 23
Question 24
Question 25
Question 26
Question 27
Question 28
Question 29
Question 30
Question 31
Question 32
Question 33

PUBLIC
POLICY

Question 34
Question 35
Question 36
Question 37
Question 38
Question 39
Question 40

COST
EFFECTIVENESS
Question 41
Question 42
Question 43

CONCLUSION

COST EFFECTIVENESS

Question 43.
(Posed by the Opposition)
Statements made by the ADA, throughout their Fluoridation Facts booklet, leads the reader to believe that dentists are in a position to know if fluoride is truly "safe and effective" are they?

Opposition's Response

On December 21, 1999, David C. Kennedy, D.D.S. of San Diego, CA., Past President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, received a letter from Arlyce Ten Broeck, Assistant Executive Officer of the Board of Dental Examiners. It read:

"Recently, you wrote to the Board of Dental Examiners and asked for a yes or no answer to the following question:

'Is the determination of whether a specific individual, or subset of the population, is at any time suffering from, or will suffer from adverse health effects outside of the oral cavity from ingested fluoride within the purview of dentistry?'

As we understand the question, the answer is no. As phrased, your question would appear to relate to a medical diagnosis." (See 43-1: copy of letter).

"The significance of this answer should be apparent to those individuals who have seen local dentists, as well as national spokespersons with dental licenses, offer their credentials as a dentist as proof that they possess expertise on the subject of whether adverse health effects do or do not occur, or may or may not occur, as a result of exposure to ingested fluoride." (See 43-2: "Background and Commentary").

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