Pseudoscientific terror ended fluoridation in Calgary, now kids' teeth are rotting

Five years ago, the city of Calgary gave in to a scientifically illiterate campaign against fluoride in its water supply; five years later, Calgary's grade two children each have an average of 3.8 extra cavities.

A study published in the journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology shows that Grade 2 students in Calgary had an average of 3.8 more cavities in 2013-14 than they did in 2004-05. In Edmonton (which continued to fluoridate its water), during the same time period, the number of dental caries (or cavities) increased by 2.1, on average.

In other words, ending fluoridation is not the sole reason oral health has deteriorated, but it is a significant factor.

So, why did Calgary city councilors make a decision that has caused a lot of children unnecessary pain and that will cost their parents a good chunk of change in dental bills?

They essentially bought into the unscientific rantings and overblown fears of a small but loud minority of self-centered chemophobes.

Why did Calgary cave to chemophobes over fluoridation? [Andre Picard/Globe and Mail]

Measuring the short-term impact of fluoridation cessation on dental caries in Grade 2 children using tooth surface indices [Lindsay McLaren, Steven Patterson, Salima Thawer, Peter Faris, Deborah McNeil, Melissa Potestio and Luke Shwart/Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology]

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  1. Wow. More brain dead Americans just waiting for Jesus to save them from a liberal/scientist conspiracy to poison the water and turn everyone into obedient slaves. Great "jerb", "morans". I guess you can still sing the Star Spangled Banner and drink beer with a few less teeth. I just wish we had more common sense like the people in Ca-

    Wait. Where... where exactly is Calgary, again?

    Uh, gee, look at the time. I think I need to return a phone call to my mom and walk the dog....

  2. Wait... what do you think is in toothpaste?

  3. I know, it's disgusting. I have to leave my drinking water out in an open kiddy swimming pool in order to restore the natural occurring mold, bacteria, paramecium, and other helpful parasites that the water company removes.

    Um - hello? We didn't walk around for a million years on earth with out these things in our water NATURALLY!

    And don't even get me started on IODIZED SALT. I mean the put it right on the label! Hello? It's a poison!

    As soon as I get my dowsing rods in the mail and my orgone generator up and running, I am going to dig a well so I can access water untampered with.

  4. Like the choice you have whether or not to create public health problems by spreading your brainless pseudoscientific bullshit because you can't get over your own selfish need for validation and rub together two of the neurons nature bestowed you.

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