Says sugar to blame for decay

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 15, 2014 

The water fluoridation arguments should be viewed from a different perspective. If adding fluoride to the water prevents tooth decay, fluoridated communities should have lower cavity rates. Yet tooth decay is rampant in both fluoridated and non-fluoridated communities. To prevent tooth decay the focus should be on diet and nutrition. In his book, "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration," Dr. Weston A. Price, noted 20th century dental researcher, documented the effects of a nutrient-dense diet on superior dental health, absence of decay, good bone structure resulting in straight teeth. In my experience as a dental patient, little or no attention is paid to what a person eats. One dental group has passed out chocolate bars with its name imprinted on the package. A local dentist pays those who bring in hundreds of pounds of Halloween candies and sends it to forces in Afghanistan or Iraq to hand out to those children instead. I have been in dental offices where cookies, hard candies and fruit juices are patient treats. Refined carbohydrates are common at medical and dental conferences. The results of a poor diet cannot be brushed, flossed or fluoridated away. The American Dental Association insists there is no harm from a mouthful of amalgam (mercury) fillings. Those are the folks we are placing our trust in?

Shirley Jacobson

Bellingham

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