GENRE: Email letter
TO: The Editor – Mr Simon Holt – Brisbane Times
AUTHOR: Ailsa B
DATE SENT: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM
TITLE: Response to_MP gnashes teeth over fluoride cuts_BT_22.2.13
STATUS: No response(s)
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To: The Editor
Mr Simon Holt
Bcc Tony Moore
If the Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek (“MP gnashes teeth over fluoride cuts”, BT, 22/2) bothered to educate himself he could discover:
Slade et al (1996) found an infinitesimal difference, all ages, of 0.23 of one tooth surface out of more than 100 tooth surfaces in a child’s mouth, when comparing fluoridated Townsville children with non-fluoridated Brisbane children;
The 65% benefit claimed by Bligh & Co was 0.17 of one tooth surface for 7-year-olds (Slade et al);
Armfield & Spencer (2004) found “no significant difference” in a study of more than 13,000 SA children: i.e. males with and without fluoride were identical; the females without a lifetime of fluoridated water were 0.10 of one tooth surface better than those females with a lifetime of fluoridation;
Brunelle & Carlos (1990) compared 39,206 children, across 84 US communities. They reported an 18% difference for all ages. The 18% was 0.6 of one tooth surface.
The 39,206 was representative of a population almost double that of Australia’s.
Thus, we could assume, if Australians were 100% fluoridated the “benefit” they could expect would be no more than 0.23 of one tooth surface.
Drilling, filling and “shilling” might be Minister Langbroek’s forte: it is apparently not fluoride dental studies.