Ending Fluoridation May Be to Blame for Calgary’s Dental Problems

October 1, 2013 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog, Dental News

When the Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta ended water fluoridation, few people protested the decision. Two years later, many believe they made a major mistake. This includes those charged with caring for the teeth of local residents.

Lack of fluoride exposure is to blame for the recent rise in cavities, say dentists in Calgary. The problem is especially acute in children, who have been developing dental caries at an alarming rate.  According to the Alberta Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, about 30 percent of local children suffer from tooth decay.

Dental professionals believe there is a very simple explanation for the declining oral health of Calgary’s children. Because the enamel on their baby teeth is porous and immature, it more susceptible to erosion than the enamel on permanent teeth. As a result, kids are more prone to cavities than adults, especially if they lack exposure to fluoride.

Countless studies have confirmed that the chemical helps improve dental health. But because some citizens worry about possible side effects, fluoridation has suddenly become a controversial issue. Those in the know, however, are urging government officials to overturn the legislation and bring fluoride back. This include most of Calgary’s dentists.

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