Fluoride: Journal of the International Society for Fluoride Research (ISFR)

Volume 3; Year 1970; Pages 71-79

A Critical Review on The Fluorine Caries Problem.

R Ziegelbecker
Graz, Austria.

SUMMARY: The official statistical data from Grand Rapids, Brantford, Washington D.C., Newburgh and Kingston, concerned with fluoridation's effect on teeth are analyzed. Both eruption of teeth and caries experience occur with definable regularity. From this regular relationship it follows that a higher F intake does not represent a genuine inhibition of caries but leads to a disturbance in the development of teeth. With fluoridation, the caries incidence is accelerating at a certain point of time compared with that without fluoridation. The comparison of DMF-indices from different areas with various levels of F naturally in water constitutes no proof of a real reduction in caries as a result of the so-called optimum F level of water. For these reasons it is necessary to revise the theories concerned with the effect of F on enamel, in saliva and in the plaques, if these theories are based upon the reported DMF data following fluoridation.

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