Oral Health Group

Cochrane Issues Study on Fluoride Supplements

December 23, 2011
by ken

From Dental IQ

December 22, 2011

According to the Cochrane Oral Health Group, fluoride supplements failed to reduce tooth decay in primary teeth, permanent teeth cavity-reduction is dubious and health risks are little studied. “When fluoride supplements were compared with topical fluorides or with other preventive measures, there was no differential effect on permanent or deciduous teeth,” wrote Cochrane researchers Ismail et al, reports the New York State Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF).

Cochrane said fluoride supplements are routinely prescribed to children who don’t live in water fluoridated communities. They are endorsed and encouraged by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Cochrane research team reported, “We rated 10 trials as being at unclear risk of bias and one at high risk of bias, and therefore the trials provide weak evidence about the efficacy of fluoride supplements.” The team “found limited information on the adverse effects associated with the use of fluoride supplements.”

In the early 1980’s, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation research first revealed fluoride tablets and mouth rinses failed to reduce tooth decay. But this inconvenient fact is still ignored by the CDC.





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