I was really surprised to read Alan Pryor’s ill-advised letter to the editor about dentists in our community not knowing what they are talking about concerning fluoride and oral health/prevention. My dad long ago gave me some advice on not offending people gratuitously….. your cook, your barber and, of course, your dentist.
I hope that Mr. Pryor has been brushing his teeth diligently and sought the best sources of fluoride available (restaurants in Sacramento offer it in the water they bring to your table … just a thought) because I would not be going anywhere near a dentist’s office at this time if I were him.
Seriously, Pryor’s letter is quite flawed because his logic is flawed. He asserts that because topical applications of fluoride are effective, then other methods, such as the systemic application of fluoride through the water system, are unnecessary. And he ends up citing some odd site called “flouridealert” (sic) to back up his argument.
The American Dental Association recommends the following, which you can find on its website today: “The proper mix is key: It is important to note that the effective prevention of dental decay requires that the proper mix of both forms of fluoride (topical and systemic) be made available to individuals.”
Maybe we really should be listening to the professionals instead of speculators and definitely use both personal/topical and public health/systemic fluoridation of our water system for the maximum combined benefit for our citizens here in Davis.
John J. Troidl