In this dentist survey, we asked their views about public water fluoridation.
Most dentists approve of adding fluoride to public water supplies.
While most of our survey respondents think it’s a good idea, the 35% of dentists against fluoridated public water hold some strong opinions.
“Forced medication,” said one General Dentist.
“Mass medication is morally WRONG! This is especially true when there are better alternatives such as, in this case, FLUORIDATED SALT. Give people CHOICES and let them decide for themselves.” California Dental Implantologist
Here are a few comments from the 65% of dentists in favor of public water fluoridation:
“Absolutely. I practice in a rural setting and the difference between the children who live in a fluoridated community and those that don’t is astounding. It really does make a difference.” Wisconsin Dentist
“It is not as important as it was in the past as most processed foods and drinks are also made of fluoridated water. So, even communities that are not fluoridated are getting fluoride in their diets.” Texas Dentist
“If you ever practiced in an area with fluoride and moved to an area without it, you would be overwhelmed by the amount of decay, as I was.” Massachusetts Dentist
“If communities reject fluoridation, there will no longer be a ‘busyness problem’ for dentists!” North Carolina Oral Surgeon
Is your community’s water system fluoridated? Do you think it’s a good idea?