Here is an excerpt from the Peel Region (Region of Ontario just west of Toronto where Dr. Hardy Limeback and I used to live) website comparing 2 communities. One with fluoridation and others without.
http://www.peelregion.ca/health/topics/commdisease/dental/fluoridation.htm[h=2]Is tooth decay a problem for children in Caledon?[/h]
- Yes. A 2001-02 survey of school-aged children in Peel showed that children in Brampton and Mississauga had fewer cavities than children in Caledon.
- In Caledon 50% of the children surveyed had cavities, as compared to 38% of the children in Mississauga and 37 % of the children in Brampton.
[h=2]Why do we think that the higher amount of tooth decay in Caledon's children is the result of a lack of fluoride in the drinking water?[/h]
- Peel Health thought that children in Caledon would have fewer cavities because of better access to dental care.
- Unfortunately, this was not the case. They were much more likely to have had sealants applied to their teeth to prevent tooth decay and had many more existing cavities filled. Yet, the children in Caledon had more tooth decay than their peers in Brampton and Mississauga .
- The major difference between the two areas was fluoride in the drinking water. Brampton and Mississauga have it; Caledon does not.
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