Dental Health

Health written question – answered on 27th February 2008.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Conservative, Altrincham and Sale West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the advice issued by the British Association for the study of community dentistry advising dentists to classify teeth showing signs of moderate to severe fluorosis as sound.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The guidance is appropriate since teeth showing signs of fluorosis still enjoy the same protection from decay that fluoridation offers.

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Doug Cross
Posted on 11 Mar 2008 10:51 pm (Report this annotation)

Madame Minister, it seems that you are prepared to tolerate the widespread introduction of a normally rare disease, dental fluorosis, because these severely disfigured teeth don't actually fall out. Fluorosis sufficiently severe to require restorative (or 'merely cosmetic' as the fluoride apologists claim) dentistry affects three or four children in every class in fluoridated water areas. Dental veneers cost at least £450 for each tooth, and last about seven years. Parents have to pick up the bill for this treatment, otherwise they have to let their kids go around with these horrible-looking teeth. I suggest you get some new special advisers before making such remarkable claims. Why not try asking the parents at your local school (or even better, the kids themselves) what they think, then perhaps you might provide a more acceptable answer to Mr Brady's very important question.

Doug Cross
Posted on 12 Mar 2008 9:21 am (Report this annotation)

Checking out the detail in the original question as reported here, Grahame Brady asked about the advice from the 'British Association for Community Dentistry'(BACD) and not, as the active link provided above suggests, the 'Brtish Association'. Clicking on this link takes you to the Wikipedia page on the 'British Association for the Advancement of Science' (BAAS.

Readers should be aware that these two organisations are utterly different entities! The BAAS is a very reputable scientific body, whereas the BACD is a far less authoritative organisation. It is directly allied to the British Fluoridation Society (BFS) through its membership of the National Alliance for Equity in Dental Health (go to and click on 'List of supporting organisations').
The Alliance is organised by the BFS, which is an extremist group of fluoride advocates whose objective is 'to demand fluoridation' everywhere.

Mr Brady's question is therefore whether a claim that even severely fluorosed teeth are 'sound', that originated not from the BAAS but from an organsiation known to be committed to fluoridation, can be trusted as reliable and factual. The Minister's answer appears to rely on the original source, and not on an independent source recognised as reliable by the scientific community.

Leigh Storey
Posted on 19 Mar 2008 10:02 pm (Report this annotation)

Please stop putting poison (sodium fluoride) in our water, thanks.

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