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Systemic fluoride is a minor mechanism ...

... according to the British Fluoridation Society

This page is work in progress in that references are yet to be added.

The following screen dump which was acquired in 2015 shows the British Fluoridation Scoeity's admission that swallowed fluoride is a minor mechanism for the prevention of tooth decay.   The admission is close to the bottom of the text.


"This was originally thought to be the most important mechanism of fluoride: however, with advances in knowledge this is now understood to be the least important mechanism."

"This" refers to the alteration of the structure of developing enamel - was once thought that the fluoride had to be incorporated into the developing teeth when still under the gum.  In respect of preventing decay in primary teeth, the implication is that fluoride crosses the placenta. 

For secondary teeth, the implication is that the infant and young child need to swallow fluoride in order to alter the structure of the enamel of secondary teeth while still under the gum.

... the fluoride alters the structure of the developing enamel" !   

If this alteration is now thought to be the least important mechanism, why are we being fluoridated?   

The ethical argument against fluoridation runs as follows:  I never gave my permission for my teeth to be altered in this way.  How dare Public Health England (and the Department of Health and the NHS) decree that I should be altered without my parents' consent.  

The Saliva Theory

The 'new' theory is that it's the fluoride in our saliva bathing the teeth day and night which is the preventative mechanism.

This is so unlikely it hurts.  The concentration of fluoride in 1 litre of saliva is 0.02 mg fluoride.  Now that fluoridating water companies are blending their treated fluoridated water with non-fluoridated water after the fluoride is added, there is less than 1ppm fluoride/litre water.  This means that the concentration of fluoride in saliva is less than 0.02ppm fluoride/litre saliva. 

According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, small children are reported to be drinking less than one-third litre of water/day.  The chances are that they are not producing one litre saliva/day and the concentration of fluoride is reduced if they are drinking fluoridated water.  So the tiny amount of fluoride which touches the teeth is minimal.  Also, the fluoride kills or disables the beneficial bacteria in our saliva.  Non-fluoridated saliva helps to protect teeth from dental decay so why add something to water which disables or kills beneficial bacteria which were doing the "biz" to then replace those bacteria with a bacteriocide!  Confused?  

Resistant strains of Streptococcus mutans

It is obvious now that fluoride in saliva is not preventing decay which is caused by resistant strains of Streptococcus mutans
If it did, then we wouldn't have had an increase in dental decay in fluoridated Birmingham (UK). 

Swedish scientists have discovered these resistant strains which have greater adhering properties than the common strain.  In order to wipe them out, they have been using a mouthwash contain chlorhexidine.  Families which harbour the resistant strains have been targetted.  The signs are that this targeted intervention is proving successful.. 

Water fluoridation is about to be overtaken by an ethical intervention.  Watch out Public Health England:  the days of mass medication are drawing to an end.

This page is work in progress: references are yet to be added.